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Grip Hands Wins at Presque Isle

July 17, 2013 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share

Grip Hands was victorious on Monday night at Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pa. The 5-year-old gelded son of Giant’s Causeway sat just off the pacesetter before taking command on the final turn and holding off a late charge by runnerup Braveman. Grip Hands was the first of two winners on the card for trainer Graham Motion.


West Pont Thoroughbreds president Terry Finley named Grip Hands in honor of one of his West Point classmates and friends Colonel John McHugh who was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan in May 2010. At West Point, Grip Hands is a term used when there's a fallen member of the "long grey line".