Joel Rosario

Even Motion doesn't know which Irish War Cry will show up at the Wood Memorial

Even Motion doesn't know which Irish War Cry will show up at the Wood Memorial

Graham Motion is among the most successful thoroughbred trainers in North America by any measure. After five weeks of pondering, he still can't tell you why Irish War Cry — his talented 3-year-old colt — tired badly and finished seventh in the Fountain of Youth Stakes.

"I'm pretty mystified to be honest," said the English-born Motion, whose barn is based at the Fair Hill Training Center.

On Saturday in the Wood Memorial, Irish War Cry will have a chance to win back his doubters and put himself on course for a start in the May 6 Kentucky Derby. He'll need a strong performance to convince his conservative-minded trainer he belongs in the big race and to accumulate...