03/15/2015 6:14PM

Van Dyke, Motion strike again in Santa Ana

Benoit & Associates
Hoop of Colour, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, pays $26.80 for upsetting the Santa Ana.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Drayden Van Dyke has only ridden a handful of horses for trainer Graham Motion, but based on the way they have done the past eight days, this is a duet that won’t be breaking up any time soon.

 Van Dyke and Motion teamed to win the Grade 1 Kilroe Mile on Feb. 7 with Ring Weekend, and on Sunday at Santa Anita they scored a 12-1 upset with Hoop of Colour in the Grade 2, $201,000 Santa Ana Stakes for older female turf runners.

 Hoop of Colour ($26.80) wasn’t among the original nominees to the race, but she worked so well in company with Rusty Slipper and Lady of Gold – two other Motion runners – on March 8 that Motion decided to put her in too, his hand forced in part by the lack of an appropriate allowance race for her.

 Hoop of Colour had won a first-level allowance race here on Feb. 5 in her United States debut. Motion was desirous of running her in another allowance before moving on to stakes competition next month.

 “I was going to wait for the mile-and-a-quarter race next month,” Motion said, referring to the Grade 3, $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap on April 18.

 Instead, Hoop of Colour showed she’s ready for prime time. In the 1 1/8-mile Santa Ana, she stalked the moderate early pace set by Rusty Slipper, then had to get past Three Hearts, who also benefited by being close to a pace that hindered the late runners. After a six-furlong split in 1:13.73 that belonged to Rusty Slipper, Hoop of Colour completed 1 1/8 miles on firm turf in 1:49.08.

 She beat Three Hearts by three-quarters of a length. Winning Rhythm was another length back in third. Testa Rossi was fourth and was followed, in order, by Rosalind, Diversy Harbor, Rusty Slipper, Queen of the Sand, and Lady of Gold.

Motion said Van Dyke, as he was in the Kilroe Mile, was “patient again, very sensible.”

Hoop of Colour, 4, raced four times in Britain before coming to the United States. Her training at Santa Anita is overseen by Motion’s local assistant, Alice Clapham.

 Motion watched the race from Florida, where on Monday he plans to work Eclipse Award winner Main Sequence before he departs on Tuesday for Dubai. Main Sequence, like Hoop of Colour, is owned by the Niarchos family’s Flaxman Holdings Ltd.



Old timer More than 1 year ago
nice handicapping by DRF's Matt Bernier who picked the $26 winner on Race of the Day!.
Scott Kromer More than 1 year ago
no one gives the kid credit for never picking chalk. im only 23 yrs old so I love seeing the young guns in the game
Wonderagain More than 1 year ago
Yes - smart pick! Good for game to feature intelligent, young guy w/a passion for picking winners. Kudos to DRF for giving him the chance and to Dan Illman for treating him well.
Anthony Fontaine More than 1 year ago
Great rides the last few weeks for Motion. I love to catch his horses at a price and this one today is bred in the purple. Her Dam was a turf monster
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Mandella and other top class Trainers are gonna have to give Motion a little room!
tommy More than 1 year ago
Motion is a hall of fame trainer!! He never wins a fixed race!! If his horse deserves to win and wins, I give him respect. If his horse doesn't deserve to win, it never wins!! He is an honest trainer. Go calculate vo2 max and see!! Baffert and pletcher win fixed races and also the track allows them to give epo drug!!
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Tommy, I hope you are well. Throwing some friendly advice your way.....please stop with the fix race thing. There are no fixed races. Trust me, it's too expensive to train and run horses. Anyone who enters a race is trying to do the best they can, believe me. I truly hope one of these days you can go to the backside and meet Mr. Baffert and/or Mr. Pletcher. They are both actually good guys who work hard...errrrr, now have hard working staff that does their best to win races. What is true is they get great stock....better than most. But, my point is if you want to enjoy this great sport more...stop with the fix races belief and just do your best to pick winners ...and bet correctly. I love your enthusiasm. I truly do. I want you to enjoy the sport. And yes....positive ROI is key. Now for Motion being awesome. I totally agree.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Frank,I know you mean well.If you research you will find there is no reasoning with mentally ill.Tommy even knows this too.A good friend of mine is schitzo.As hard as it is ,youre better to humor him as you have in your previous replys.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Are you sure you don't have Alzheimer's old man??
tommy More than 1 year ago
Hi frank, if you do research online and on drf, you see people going to jail for fixed races! There were numerous articles on drf on races being fixed at various tracks!! Not to mention bad steward calls when their money is on he line! Also if you google pletcher, you will see a New York Times article where he almost did jail time for administering illegal drugs to horses. Like I said before, I'm not as dumb as you think I am. I do very good research as well ; ) Now please tell me I am wrong because I don't think I am and I have the proof!!
Vince Piscitelli More than 1 year ago
Frank, Frank, Frank, The jock a few months ago, Chapa, who carried a buzzer - do you honestly believe he is the only one? Seriously? Races are fixed in one way, shape or form. The good news is we often are in on the fix as much as we ain't so it all evens up in the end. Vince P