On a backstretch with no shortage of beautiful spots, Graham Motion’s Herringswell Stables sits in one of the best. Shaded by Saratoga’s famous trees, it lies just off the far turn, with a photographer’s dream view of the horses out for morning works, or racing in the afternoon.
Steps beyond the horsepath sit a table and chairs in the barn’s trademark blue and red, the stable’s name emblazoned on the table, perhaps just in case anyone thinks it might be a nice addition to his backyard (and who could blame him?).
Graham Motion has been coming to Saratoga since at least 1998, when he got his first stakes win here with Secret Firm in the Grade 3 Amsterdam (who also won that year’s Grade 2 King’s Bishop). Eliseo Ochoa wasn’t here that summer, but he was already with the barn, back home in the Mid-Atlantic, having begun working for Motion the previous summer.
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Photo: Eliseo Ochoa and stakes winner Inimitable Romanee on the Saratoga backstretch.