Grip Hands Wins at Keeneland
Grip Hands won his third race of the year, in gate to wire fashion on Sunday at Keeneland. Trained by Graham Motion, the 5-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway opened up by eight lengths down the backstretch before prevailing by a comfortable four lengths on the wire under Robby Albarado. The final time for the mile and a sixteenth over the Polytrack was 1:42.59.
Grip Hands earned a career best 90 Beyer Speed Figure. He now has five wins, three seconds, and one third from 18 career starts.
West Point 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 the United States Military Academy, Grip Hands is a term used when there's a fallen member of the "long grey line".