In Constant Motion

You need to make nine turns off I-95 in Cecil County to find the current residence of the Kentucky Derby winner.

It’s not exactly a tourist attraction in Fair Hill Training Center; except when Animal Kingdom’s in town.

The Derby winner arrived at his hotel for the next 10 days or so amid fanfare. ESPN reporter Jeannine Edwards and her dog walked up to the horse. So did a handful of onlookers.

It looked like a modern-day production of “Our Town.” Mix two parts media, three parts connections and four parts locals to make this version of the Black Eyed Susan.

You would think Graham Motion, trainer of the Derby winner, would hate the clicking of the cameras and repetition of the same tired questions.

To the contrary. Motion loves it. He mimics his champion horse. Both like attention and winning. Who doesn’t?

He’s had very little sleep in four days. That will happen after you win the most prestigious race in the world with your number two horse.

Animal Kingdom may have gone off at 21-1 on Saturday afternoon in Churchill, but Motion’s week in Louisville reads like a 100-1 shot.

Motion scratched Toby’s Corner, one of the favorites on the Derby trail, after a leg injury popped up on the week of the big race. His jockey on his alternate horse, Robby Albarado, took a tumble on the track and lost his mount. Enter John Velazquez for the Derby – and beyond.

“I actually called John this morning,” Motion said with a full grin on Tuesday afternoon. “I think we’re OK.”

Motion gets that we’ll have a bunch of owners and trainers who still don’t think his horse is legit.

“I think it’ll be a full field. I think he’s a brilliant horse. He won pretty easily,” Motion boasted.

A full field consists of 14 horses for the Preakness. We’ll see that in a week and a half. Right now, Motion just wants to enjoy the Derby win. It’s tough to do when you are on the move so much.

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