02/12/2011 1:57PM

Motion pointing BC winner Pluck for 2000 Guineas


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Pluck had a bad trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Hopefully he’ll have a smoother one when he journeys to the Curragh this spring for the first major objective of his 3-year-old campaign, the prestigious Irish 2000 Guineas.

Pluck overcame a near disastrous run around the opening bend, when he had to take up and alter course to avoid a fallen rival, to win the Juvenile Turf with a breathtaking last to first rally from the half-mile pole to the wire. One week later he had a new home after being transferred by Team Valor from trainer Todd Pletcher to Graham Motion.

Pluck has had a series of slow works over the turf course at the Palm Meadows training center the past month before finally getting the opportunity to stretch his legs a little bit on Friday, drilling five furlongs in 1:01.60 around the dogs under exercise rider David Nava.

“That was his first serious five-eighths,” said Motion. “Right now we’re still pointing for the Irish Guineas. I’d like to get a race for him prior to that. I imagine it will be at Keeneland in the Transylvania.”

Motion, who is based year round at Fair Hill Training Center, is in the process of becoming the principal trainer for Team Valor.

“Team Valor is buying a barn of its own at Fair Hill,” said Motion. “Nothing has been consolidated yet but it is in the process of happening.”

Motion also said his Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Shared Account remained behind at Fair Hill for the winter and would probably launch her 2011 campaign in the same spot she began 2010, Pimlico’s Grade 3 Gallorette on Preakness weekend.

“I had her down in Florida as a 3-year-old, she just didn’t do well and I never brought her back,” said Motion. “She’s probably about two weeks away from having her first work.”

Motion also said he would consider taking Smart Bid to Dubai if he received an invitation to the $3 million Dubai Sheema Classic on March 26. Smart Bid was beaten a nose by Teaks North here last Saturday in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf.