09/02/2005 11:00PM

Motion high on Film Maker


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - For those who think has lost a step since running second to Ouija Board in the 2004 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, trainer Graham Motion strongly disagrees.

Motion has the utmost confidence in Film Maker, who gave him his first Grade 1 win, in the 2003 Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Keeneland. He said she simply has been the victim of difficult trips in 2 of her 3 starts this year.

Film Maker will follow the same path to the Breeders' Cup as last year - the Grade 3 Glens Falls on Monday and then the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont. And Motion hopes the 5-year-old mare can reverse her recent luck starting Monday.

"I think she's as good as she was last year," Motion said. "She's been unlucky to not win some more of these Grade 1 races. I hope she gets a chance to do it this year."

The Glens Falls, run at 1 3/8 miles, is the closing-day feature, and drew a field of seven fillies and mares.

Motion said Film Maker did not like a very hard turf course in the Grade 1 Diana here July 30. In the Grade 2 New York Handicap at Belmont four weeks earlier, Film Maker encountered severe traffic problems under John Velazquez yet was third, beaten by a half-length.

"At Belmont she just had a really abysmal trip," Motion said. "She got trapped and Johnny said she got bumped and had to drop far out of it. It was remarkable what she did that day. I second-guessed myself for running in the Diana, the ground was so hard. I don't think it was that bad an effort, though."

Film Maker has had four different riders in six starts since running third in last year's Glens Falls. Canadian rider Todd Kabel will be her fifth, and Motion said that Kabel will become her regular jockey. Motion decided to go with Kabel after he won the Grade 2 Hall of Fame Stakes here on another horse trained by Motion, T.D. Vance.

"A lot of [Film Maker's] problems have come from not having a regular rider," Motion said. "The continuity of having the same rider will make a difference."

Film Maker faces stiff competition from three graded-stakes winners. won The Very One and the Orchid at Gulfstream earlier this year. Theater R.N. won the Grade 2 Las Palmas Handicap last year at Santa Anita. Love Match led wire to wire in the Grade 3 Matchmaker at Monmouth in her last start.