It was no easy chore for the light-boned bay.
"After the Gallorette, we had to start over with her," Motion said. "She got all jammed up, which means she was moving very stiffly for no particular, obvious reason — like an athlete playing football gets excessively jarred sometimes. The only way to get her over it was to regroup.
"To be giving away 10 pounds in her first race back after the Breeders' Cup. I'm not blaming anyone. I believe handicapping should be done away with all together. But I chose the race. I wish, in hindsight, I had had a Plan B. You need to leave yourself a window to change your mind."
Plan A since the day after Shared Account won at the Breeders' Cup has been to get back to it.
Now that she's there, all she has to do is pull off another major upset.
Breeders' Cup World Championships
Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky.
When: Friday and Saturday
TV: Friday — 4 p.m.-8 p.m. on ESPN2 (Shared Account will run in the Filly & Mare Turf at 6:50 p.m.)
Saturday — 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. on chs. 2, 7 and 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on ESPN
Outlook: Marylanders will have much to root for in this weekend's Breeders' Cup races, as four trainers with local ties will take nine horses to the event and another two Maryland breds will also compete.
Fair Hill Training Center-based Michael Matz, who caught the public's attention as the trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, has two young horses in competition who are receiving favorable attention.
Matz's entries are Union Rags, the morning-line favorite in the Grade I Juvenile for 2-year-olds, and Somali Lemonade, the second favorite in the Grade II Juvenile Fillies (Turf).
"I'm very excited about the Breeders' Cup," said Matz, who was last there in 2006 with Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Round Pond. "They've both done everything we've asked. Neither one has lost yet."
Maryland native Tony Dutrow sends Grace Hall to post in the Grade I Juvenile Fillies (Dirt) as the second favorite.
Graham Motion has five entries: Shared Account, the defending champ in the Grade I Filly and Mare Turf; Aruna, also in the Filly and Mare Turf; Lucky Chappy and State of Play in the Grade I Juvenile Turf; and Hoofit in the Grade ll Turf Sprint.
And Mike Pino, who also trains at Fair Hill, has Perfect Officer going in the Grade II Turf Sprint (Turf).
Maryland-bred Ask the Moon will run in the Grade l Ladies Classic. The 6-year-old was sired by Malibu Moon, who stood at Country Life Farm at the time, and she won the Maryland Juvenile Championship at Laurel Park as a 2-year old.
And Havelock, another horse bred in the state, will race in the Turf Sprint. He is a son of Great Notion, who was stands at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake.