Few names in the sport today resonate like H. Graham Motion. A native of Cambridge, England, Graham’s list of professionalism and successes abound on several continents and over multiple surfaces. Possibly most notable for his work with 2011 Kentucky Derby winner (where Mucho Macho Man finished 3rd) & 2012 Dubai World Cup Champion, Animal Kingdom.
Motion started out training and winning with his own thoroughbreds at age 29. His first win was with Bounding Daisy in March 1993 at Laurel Park.
Graham learned the business well from his father who worked as a bloodstock agent until he became an assistant trainer for Johnathan Shepard from 1985 through 1990. He then worked as an assistant under trainer Bernie Bond in 1991 and assumed Bond's stable when the trainer retired after 1992. Motion is home based at the excellent training facility in Fair Hill, Maryland.
Besides Animal Kingdom, he has trained many standouts including Better Talk Now, Went The Day Well, Film Maker, Icabad Crane, Adriano, Bay Eagle and others. Graham also has a long list of Stakes wins including the Kentucky Derby, Dubai World Cup, Breeders’ Cup Turf & Filly and Mare Turf events, multiple Maryland Millions races and many other notables. Most recently, Graham has also earned 2014 Eclipse Award honors with Main Sequence being recognized as Male Turf Horse of the Year!
His humility overshadows his impressive career that features a winning percentage of nearly 20% with 2,000 victories from about 10,000 starts.
William I. "Bill" Mott earned the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in 1995 and 1996. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1998 at the age of 45, becoming the second-youngest trainer ever inducted. Mott started out training and winning with his own thoroughbred horses at age 15, and won the South Dakota Futurity before he was out of high school. He really excelled in the business by working his way up the ranks by becoming first, an exercise rider, then, an Assistant Trainer for legendary Hall of Fame Trainer Jack Van Berg. Mott worked as an Assistant Trainer to the great Jack Van Berg for three years, before striking out on his own in 1978. Hall of Fame jockey and race commentator Jerry Bailey said that Mott is generally regarded as the best trainer for racing on turf and one of the premier trainers on any surface in the United States. He trained the famous Cigar, two time Horse of the Year.
From 1992 through 2007, Mott won 9 training titles at Saratoga Race Course. He won the 2007 Saratoga Trainer's Title with 27 wins marking his first return to that title at the "Spa" since 2001. He's also won 10 titles at Belmont Park and 9 at Gulfstream Park.
Mott set the record for number of victories at a single Churchill Downs meeting with 54 during the 1984 spring meet, has amassed more than 5,000 career wins and ranks fourth in Breeders’ Cup money earned. More recently, his well trained Royal Delta won the 2011 Breeders Cup Classic & Ladies Classic.
Dale L. Romans, a native of Louisville, Kentucky and the son of an accomplished trainer, grew up around horse racing at Churchill Downs. At age eighteen, Dale embarked on a career as a trainer and getting his first winner 1987 at Turfway Park. Among his most successful horses, Kitten's Joy earned the 2004 American Champion Male Turf Horse honors and Roses in May provided him with the biggest payday of his career to date when he won the $6 million Dubai World Cup in 2005. Dale collected his first Breeders' Cup win in 2009 when Tapitsfly won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
The 2012 Eclipse Award / Trainer of the Year winner is also a two-time leading trainer at Keeneland, Romans has won multiple stakes there while adding four at Churchill Downs, one at Pimlico, and three at Hoosier Park. In 2001, he won stakes at six different tracks, making him one of the most versatile and successful trainers practicing today.
In 2009, for the second consecutive year, Dale won the Keeneland fall meet title, notching eight wins and total earnings of $306,639 (he saddled three winners there in a single day and has won 51 total races at Keeneland, nearly 25% of his total starts). He also won his fourth consecutive title at Churchill's spring meet. With many stakes wins to his career, Romans also won the 2004 Kentucky Cup Classic (G2) with Roses in May, who ran second in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) behind Horse of the Year Ghostzapper and then won the Dubai World Cup (G1) in 2005.
Romans also campaigned 2004 Eclipse Award turf champion Kitten's Joy, who that year piled up six stakes wins including two Grade I races before running second to Better Talk Now in the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1). More recently, Dale has trained 2011 Preakness Stakes winner, Shackleford. Dale also won the 2011 Breeders Cup Turf Mile and was 2nd in the BC Dirt Mile!
William “Bill” White has perennially been among the leading trainers in South Florida so it is no surprise that he holds the record for eight consecutive Calder training titles. He has also won five titles at Calder’s Tropical meet and is the third all-time winning trainer at the track. Dream Team Racing Stable has entrusted Bill with starting the race careers for many of our southern based horses including graded stakes bound Mucho Macho Man and the speedy Southern Review. Starting his horsemanship career working with hunters and jumpers, Bill has successfully made the leap to thoroughbred racing.
Holding one of the highest career winning training percentages, Bill has saddled winners in the Florida Stallion Stakes, Donn Handicap, Aventura Stakes and more. In 2010, Bill secured winning percentages (24% for sprints and 20% in distance races) that rank among the highest in the country while recently earning his 2,000th career victory.
Joshua Signs has been supporting Dream Team Racing Stable in more ways than just getting our horses to the race track. A loyal and consistent professional, Josh is quickly being recognized as one of the best identifiers of “horse flesh” in the business. He has an uncanny eye for spotting good runners so it is not unusual when we contact him to attend horse sales on our behalf to evaluate equine potential.
As a trainer, Josh has proven to have a knack for getting the most out of horses that DTRS sends him and he will continue to be an integral part of our success model going forward. He wrapped up his 2010 Mountaineer stats in top fashion winning nearly 30% of his races and finishing 100% of his mounts in the money!
Pat Quick has been a solid trainer for Dream Team Racing Stable for nearly a decade and has been an integral part to our string's successes with consistent and steady production. Pat stables at Belmont Park and runs the Saratoga, Belmont, Aqueduct circuit while successfully placing horses for races at a great rate over the winter meet.
Pat has been ultra consistent as a trainer in the lucrative NY tracks and we look forward to having Pat as part of our racing stable for a long time to come. Since day one of our relationship, he has been a very approachable trainer and popular with our partners that visit the barn, trackside or the paddock during pre-race festivities.
Jeff Runco is the most recent addition to the "Team of Excellence" list of trainers. Jeff has consistently been the top conditioner of horses at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town race track with impressive results. He has been crowned as top trainer for many of the years since 1985 winning at 20%+ for his career and finishing in the money at over 50% with nearly 15,000 races to his credit; for 2010, he wins at 22% and places 53% of those he saddles in the money.
Few trainers nationally have reached the 3,000 mark in wins and Jeff reached this in April of 2011. Along with his high percentages, he has earned nearly 30 million dollars for his connections including victories in multiple stakes races.
Jeff will be Dream Team Racing Stable's trainer of choice for the mid Atlantic tracks and will be based out his home string in Charles Town. The DTRS team is proud to include him as part of this dynamic group of successful professionals that put the care of the horse first and foremost.
Dallas Stewart joined Dream Team Racing Stable in early 2011 and will begin training the first two year old purchase for the stable this year co-owned in partnership. Since taking out his trainer's license in 1985, Dallas has learned the trade wonderfully and has distinguising himself as one of the top trainers in the country. In 1997, his career took a positive turn when he was hired as an exercise rider and assistant to the D. Wayne Lukas barn in Louisiana. He later became the lead trainer to Lukas' division in Kentucky where he led the barn until he went out on his own.
In 2000, Dallas won his first training title at Keeneland's Spring meet. He has also saddled eight horses in Breeders' Cup races including winning the Distaff (now Ladies' Classic) with Unbridled Elaine on the way to making her a $3.8 million earner. In 2008, his three year old Macho Again (Macho Uno) finished second in the Preakness and a year later won the G1 Stephen Foster Handicap and G2 New Orleans Handicap. Macho Again was also a fast closing second in the G1 Woodward Stakes behind eventual Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. Lemons Forever provided Dallas a landmark moment when she rallied from last place to win the 2006 Kentucky Oaks and later in the year competed in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. More recently, Dallas finished impressively 2nd in the Kentucky Derby two years in a row (2013 & 2014).
Dallas manages his string of about 40 horses between the Fair Grounds and Kentucky and continues to compete at the highest levels as he did in 2010 with Seeking the Title when she won the G3 Iowa Oaks and finishing second in the G3 Monmouth Oaks and third in the G2 Fair Grounds Oaks. We are excited to have Dallas on our team and look forward to long and successful relationship together.
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