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08.17 2014

Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Saratoga Race Course

Ten years ago, trainer Graham Motion used the Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes as a springboard to Breeders’ Cup Turf glory for deep-closing stable star Better Talk Now.

Motion is hoping to complete the same double again in 2014 with Main Sequence, whose explosive late rally Sunday allowed him to collar Imagining in the final strides of the 1 ½-mile Sword Dancer at Saratoga Race Course.

Main Sequence improved to two wins in as many starts in the U.S. after taking his stateside debut in the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes on July 6.

With back-to-back Grade 1 victories, Main Sequence proved he is one of the top horses in the U.S. turf male division and a leading contender for the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Grade 1 winner Imagining dueled for the early lead with O’Prado Ole before taking command through a spritely half-mile in :47.15.

Imagining maintained his lead into the stretch, where he was challenged by Twilight Eclipse but battled bravely. Main Sequence swept into the lane from the outside and slowly started reeling the leading pair before finding another gear late and surging to the front just before the finish line. He completed the 1 ½ miles in 2:24.72 to boost his record to six wins in 16 starts for owner Flaxman Holdings, the U.S. racing operation of the Niarchos family.

  • Race Number: 10
  • Date of Race: August 17, 2014
  • Current Purse: $500,000
  • Location: Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
  • Track: Saratoga Race Course
  • Distance: 1 1/2 miles
  • Surface: turf
  • Horse Age: 3-year-olds and older

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Date 08.17.2014

Race NameSword Dancer Invitational Stakes

Track Saratoga

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