11/02/2014 2:57PM

Main Sequence's four Grade 1 wins merit Horse of Year consideration

Debbie Roma
Main Sequence has now won four Grade 1 events on turf this season after capturing the Breeders' Cup Turf.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Main Sequence is likely to be rested for the remainder of the year with a trip to Dubai in March an early season target in 2015.

Trainer Graham Motion said on Sunday that Main Sequence emerged from his gutty win in the $2,760,000 BC Turf at Santa Anita on Saturday in good shape, and that the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan Racecourse in March has more appeal than races in Japan and Hong Kong in coming weeks.

“I think it’s unlikely,” Motion said. “We’ve been invited to Japan and Hong Kong. My gut feeling is to take him home and point for Dubai.”

If Main Sequence does not race again this year, he will finish the season unbeaten in four Grade 1 races – and a candidate for the Horse of the Year title.

Three other leading candidates are the 3-year-olds Bayern, who won a controversial running of the BC Classic on Saturday; California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner who was third in the BC Classic; and Shared Belief, who lost for the first time in his career when a badly troubled fourth in the BC Classic.

Motion argues that Main Sequence’s consistent campaign in 2014 merits respect.

“I don’t think anyone else has won four Grade 1 races,” he said. “I think he has to be considered. He beat everybody. I think the [other] ones you can make a case for, you can find fault in.”

Main Sequence specialized in turf marathons through the seasons. During the summer and early fall, his Grade 1 wins occurred in the United Nation Stakes at Monmouth Park in July, the Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga in August, and the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park on Sept. 27.

A 5-year-old gelding, Main Sequence is owned by the Niarchos family, who had a spectacular Saturday at the Breeders’ Cup. Two races after Main Sequence’s win, the family won the BC Mile with Karakontie, trained in France by Jonathan Pease.

Motion said he plans to have as many as 10 to 12 horses in training in Southern California this winter. He had stables here in the winter of 2008-09 and 2009-10 and won seven races during that span.

George Parthemmer More than 1 year ago
vote scott chaney for breeders cup steward of the year for brilliant sportsmanship.
Christia More than 1 year ago
Americans simply don't care about 1 1/2 turn horses.
Rodney More than 1 year ago
L. More than 1 year ago
Main Sequence is easiest choice for HOTY. No other horse won 4 GI races, he raced at 4 different tracks and beat every horse he faced in 2014. Should be CH Turf Male and CH Older Male too since the older runners were so all over the place.
Jon Shonk More than 1 year ago
Untapable has won four G1 races this year.
Michael Z. More than 1 year ago
How come nobody says anything about the fact that he is undefeated since being put on Lasix, only that he was gelded? I am sure that gelding this horse helped him focus but it should be stated that he was also put on Lasix. Horse of the year, maybe so but let's talk about all the changes that were made.
L. More than 1 year ago
Every Euro that raced on BC day raced on Lasix like they usually do...so what difference does that make? Nothing because only one won. No one makes a big deal about that since it seems to be the "norm".
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Nine European horses did not use LASIX. None of them won. If being gelded is such a big advantage ...can you name a horse who won four grade 1s right after being gelded ?
Mark D More than 1 year ago
Being Gelded is not necessarly an advantage...just a change...like adding blinkers. Does different things for different horses
westpointtom More than 1 year ago
Four consecutive Grade One victories including a Breeders Cup triumph... No one matches that resume in 2014. Has to be a finalist for Horse of the Year.
Kristopher Marshall More than 1 year ago
My mom-in-law thinks Main Sequence should be horse of the year. She won $4360 on him. I go for California Chrome, but she's a better handicapper.
Jon Shonk More than 1 year ago
Why is Untapable not in this conversation? She won four Grade 1's by a combined 16 lengths along with a G2 victory by nearly eight lengths and a G3 victory by over nine lengths. Just because she is not a male Handicap runner doesn't mean she should be left out.
RandomNameMeToo More than 1 year ago
She got demolished in her only race against males. She's nowhere near being the best horse this year. Easily 3yo filly, but that's it.
TheRaiderFan More than 1 year ago
Only one of those grade 1s was against open company, you don't get horse of the year points for winning races for 3yo fillies
Jon Shonk More than 1 year ago
Why not? What is the criteria then? Charismatic, Point Given and Favorite Trick only beat their age group. That is why I really don't care who wins the honors as it is a personal opinion of those that vote, not by ones that don't get to like you and I.
TRacingLifeMore More than 1 year ago
Untapable was demolished by Bayern. If you like Untapable for HOTY, why wouldn't you just pick Bayern? He CRUSHED her in the G1 Haskell and won the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Matthew Hood More than 1 year ago
What about the races he got crushed in? Not going to count those? I don't think she's horse of the year, but you can look at it both ways.
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
Excellent point. Untapable had no races as bad as Bayern's Travers.
Mother More than 1 year ago
4 races in a year aye? There should be a minimum of a 6 race season to at least qualify for HOTY. CHROME won some of the biggest races ever and this season and ran his eyeballs out in the Classic. HOY is not about being undefeated. MAIN SEQUENCE???/ give me a break.
Mother More than 1 year ago
chrome for HOTY hands down.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
Are you kidding me..............Lost 2 of 3 to Bayern.....finished with 3 straight losses and beat terribly weak fields in the Derby and Preakness... CC isn't even in the conversation....Bayern , Main Sequence , Untapable , Shared Belief , Tonalist....all before CC in my opinion
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
How can Shared Belief be in this conversation? Chrome is a way better candidate. The only time they met Chrome beat him. Chrome won 2 triple crown races and the SA derby, all pretty much in romps. That said Its eithern Bayern or Main Sequence. There are no others better for this award.
Paul G More than 1 year ago
The Breeders Cup Classic is the premier open dirt race in the world. The rest of the world has the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe and the Epsom Derby. Main Sequence did not run in the Prix and is not as dominating as Wise Dan. California Chrome won the Santa Anita Derby (Grade I and historic), Preakness (Grade I and historic), and Kentucky Derby (Grade I and legendary). California Chrome deserves this.