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.