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Both of these articles are in today’s Thoroughbred Daily News

Improving Check the Label strikes again for Motion.

Brereton Jones’ homebred Check the Label slipped through a narrow opening in the stretch and unleashed a powerful closing rally to win the $150,000 Sands Point Stakes (G2) on Monday at Belmont Park.  The Stormin Fever filly shook free in the 11⁄8-mile turf race for three-year-old fillies and proved much the best, winning by 1 1⁄2 lengths under Ramon Dominguez. Check the Label completed the distance in 1:47.16 on firm turf to improve to four wins in 11 starts for trainer Graham Motion.

“It’s pretty exciting. She’s a really nice filly who’s improving, too,” Motion said. “This filly has changed more than any other I  have in the barn; she just keeps getting better, so it’s really exciting. I really haven’t looked beyond this race. We have plenty of options.”  Check the Label entered off a victory in the Appalachian Stakes (G3) on April 15 on the turf at Keeneland Race Course. She improved her record on grass to four wins and two seconds from eight starts.

Gypsy’s Warning lunges late to capture Eatontown Handicap

South African import Gypsy’s Warning (SAf) made her North American debut a memorable one as she collared Maram in the final stride to win the $147,000 Eatontown Stakes (G3) by a nose on Monday at Monmouth Park.  The five-year-old Mogok mare, a winner of two South African Group 1 races for previous trainers Ormond Ferraris and Duncan Howells, showed a determined finishing kick from the outside and pushed a nostril in front of Grade 3 winner Maram at the finish line in her first start for trainer Graham Motion.  Gypsy’s Warning won three times and finished third three times from six starts during the 2008-’09 season. Owned by a partnership that includes Barry Irwin’s Team Valor International, she was shipped to the U.S. and entered the 11⁄16-mile turf race off a layoff of more than 11 months. Kicking off a summer-fall campaign in the Eatowntown, Gypsy’s Warning got off to a strong start.

Moving up three wide, Gypsy’s Warning dug in during the stretch run and took aim on Maram, who had pushed in front of Eye of Taurus early in the stretch and looked to be pulling away from her competition before Gypsy’s Warning’s dramatic final surge.{jcomments on}

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