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Better Talk Now

Better Talk Now

Breeders’ Cup Champion
Jockey: 
R. Dominguez
Trainer: 
H. Motion
Owner: 
Bushwood Racing Partners LLC
Breeder: 
Wimborne Farm

A throwback to the durable horses of the early 20th century, Better Talk Now ran 51 times between 2001 and 2009, with 14 wins, 10 stakes wins, nine of them graded, five of those Grade 1, and lifetime purse earnings of more than $4.3 million. Owned by Bushwood Stables and trained by Graham Motion, Better Talk Now won at least one race for six straight years, and competed in the Breeders’ Cup from 2004 to 2008, rallying to upset heavily favored Kitten’s Joy in the Breeders’ Cup Turf by 1 ¾ lengths at odds of 27-to-1.

Winner of the Grade 1 Sword Dancer two months prior to his Breeders’ Cup triumph, Better Talk Now is the oldest horse to win the 140-year-old Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park, taking the 2006 edition at the age of eight.

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  • 2004 Longines Turf

Breeders’ Cup Record

Breeders’ Cup Races Won

2004 John Deere Turf

Lifetime Stats

StartsWinsPlaceShowEarnings

Previous Races

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Pedigree

Better Talk Now
Talkin Man
With Approval
Caro (IRE)
Passing Mood
Pookette
Miswaki
Pensioner
Bendita
Baldski
Nijinsky II
Too Bald
Bonne Note (FR)
Bon Mot (FR)
Mandolina

Career Highlights

February 25, 1999
Foaled in Kentucky
July 6, 2002
Registers first career win in his fifth career start, at Churchill Downs
August 14, 2004
Wins first of five career Grade 1 races in Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga
June 9, 2007
Last career win comes in Grade 1 Manhattan at Belmont Park
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
February 25, 1999
Foaled in Kentucky

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