“Everything went well; he went nice and comfortable,” Toner said. “It was just a maintenance breeze. He’s doing very well.”
Hunter O’Riley rallied from seventh to win his first career graded stakes start in the 1 3/8-mile Bowling Green, edging Bigger Picture by a neck after going five-wide. He will face Grade 1 competition for the first time, running in the 1 1/2-mile Sword Dancer on the Travers undercard August 26.
“He’s getting stronger and more confident in himself,” Toner said. “He’s just a neat horse.”
The Sword Dancer will award the winner automatic entry to the Grade 1, $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf on November 4 at Del Mar. Toner said Florent Geroux, who piloted Hunter O’Riley to the winner’s circle in the Bowling Green, will have the return call.
“She went off easy, going at 25-and-4, and finished up really well,” Toner said. “It’s exactly what we were looking for.”
Time and Motion has produced back-to-back third-place efforts in Grade 3 races, finishing on the board in the Beaugay on May 13 at Belmont Park before finishing just 2 ¾-lengths behind Dona Bruja in the Modesty Handicap carrying the highweight of 123 pounds on July 8 at Arlington. Those efforts proved to be a nice bounce-back in her 4-year-old…