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Feb 2 2013 Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay III 1 1/16 M 3 REPLAY


Bill Mott


Bill Mott has had seven starters in the Kentucky Derby with his best finish coming in 2009 with Hold Me Back. He won his first Triple Crown race with Drosselmeyer in the 2010 Belmont Stakes. Bill owned and trained his first horse named My Assets at the age of 15. He won his first race with this mare who he purchased for $320. Before he graduated high school, he had won the South Dakota Futurity with Kosmic Tour. He worked for Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg for three years and gained valuable knowledge about running his own training operation, opening his own racing stable in 1978. Mott trained Cigar who was the highest money earner of all time until 2008 and tied the record for 16 straight wins during the1995 and 1996 racing seasons. He won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in 1995 and 1996 and was honored with the Turf Publicists of America Big Sport of Turfdom Award in 1996. In 1998, Bill was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame and reached the milestone of 4,000 career wins in 2010. In November 2010, he trained Unrivaled Belle to a Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic victory at Churchill Downs. He has won nine training titles at Saratoga, ten titles at Belmont Park, nine at Gulfstream Park, five titles at Keeneland and is the most victorious trainer of all time at Churchill Downs. Bill currently has a 100 horse stable that is based in New York and Kentucky. Bill Mott was born on July 29, 1953 and resides in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Watchel Stable, Barry Butzer & Dominion Bloodstock



Macho Uno--Graciously Soft, by Vindication

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My Name Is Michael has an encouraging, if not determinative, pedigree profile for 1 1/4 miles.

He is by Macho Uno, the champion two-year-old colt of 2000, who went on to add the Pennsylvania Derby at three and the Massachusetts Handicap at four.

A successful sire, Macho Uno is responsible for a variety of types. His best runners include $2.3 million-earner Mucho Macho Man, the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic near-misser and third-place finisher in the 2011 Kentucky Derby; $1.8 million-earner Macho Again, a distant second to Big Brown in the 2008 Preakness; and Canadian classic winner Harlem Rocker.

My Name Is Michael is the second registered foal from the unraced Graciously Soft, a daughter of unbeaten champion juvenile colt Vindication. His racing career cut short by injury, Vindication showed promise as a young sire, only to succumb to colic complications at the age of eight. His top performers were fillies, such as last year's Kentucky Oaks runner-up Broadway's Alibi and sharp sprinter Dust and Diamonds, hinting that he could prove a fine broodmare sire.

Graciously Soft is a half-sister to two high-class, but entirely different, runners -- Spoken Fur, who won over as far as 1 1/2 miles in the 2003 Coaching Club American Oaks, and current sprinter Unbridled's Note, runner-up in last fall's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

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