Despite the dominance of Chad Brown on the Aqueduct turf this spring, a deserving and fitting nod was given to another outstanding trainer in the stretch of the inaugural Memories of Silver Stakes on Sunday April 24.
J.J. Toner, who was at the helm of Grade 1 winner Memories of Silver as well as her incredible Grade 1 winning daughter Winter Memories, took to the winners’ circle with another promising filly in the final stakes race of the spring meet. Time and Motion, who was sent off at 30-1 odds in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (I) last out, was placed in last year’s Miss Grillo Stakes (III) at Belmont and picked up her first stakes win here with John Velazquez in the irons. Looking all grown-up, she is now 2-for-2 this year after breaking her maiden at Gulfstream Park on March 20.
Time and Motion broke well as the even-money favorite in the group of six fillies, settling comfortably behind pace-setting Lira outside of a fussy My Impression. Looking energized after :24.76 and :50 fractions, Time and Motion made her move on the far turn, and while she appeared to skip a little bit in her lead change, she hit her winning stride in the straight and looked much the best.
While it’s still early to determine if Grade 1 success will continue on the New York turf for Toner’s stable, plans are set to point Time and Motion to the Belmont Oaks (I) in July, won last year by top turfer Lady Eli. Other up-and-coming turf fillies who are likely shooting for the same race include undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (I) winner Catch a Glimpse, Sweetest Chant Stakes winner and Memories of Silver Stakes runner-up Pricedtoperfection, and Florida Oaks (III) winner Baciami Piccola.
Time and Motion, a bay daughter of leading sire Tapit, is out of the stakes-winning Kris S mare Ellie’s Moment, a fine producer with graded stakes-placed Awesome Bet (Awesome Again) and multiple graded stakes-placed Moment in Dixie (Dixieland Band).