German Derby winner Laccario joins Graham Motion in US

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Laccario: 2019 German Derby winner is set to join Graham Motion. Photo: Deutscher Gallop/ Marc Rühl

By Jon Lees

Germany: Last year’s Deutsches Derby winner Laccario is to continue his career with Graham Motion in the United States after a strong-finishing second place on his US debut at the weekend.

The four-year-old colt became the first horse from Europe to race in the US since the pandemic started when competing in the G1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park on Saturday for trainer Andreas Wohler in the colours of Manfred Ostermann.

Held up, he was outpaced entering the straight but was making up ground in the closing stages to cross the line two-and-a-quarter lengths behind all- the-way winner Channel Maker.

Laccario, a son of Scalo, beat Django Freeman to win the German Derby last year but was over 18 lengths behind wide-margin winner Ghaiyyath on his next start in the Grosser Preis von Baden. The Joe Hirsch was only his second start of the year.

Wohler was not in New York but confirmed on his website that Laccario would not be returning to his yard.

“Laccario was at the stable for almost exactly three years and during this time he was always a horse that was always fun with his cheerful nature, regardless of whether it went well or not,” he said.

“The best moment with him was of course the victory in the German Derby last year. His start in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic was his last start for the stable, from tomorrow he will be looked after by Graham Motion and his career will continue in America. We wish him all the best for his future journey.”

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