Main Sequence wins the Breeders' Cup Turf. Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Gary Bogdon 2014

Main Sequence wins the Breeders’ Cup Turf. Photo by © Breeders’ Cup/Gary Bogdon 2014

From a Monmouth Park release

Eclipse Award winning older turf horse Main Sequence will return to Monmouth Park and defend his title in the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes in his next start on July 5 going a mile and 3/8ths on the turf.

“We’ve been very conservative with him since coming back from Dubai,” said trainer H. Graham Motion, who trains the horse for Flaxman Holdings.  “He shipped well and handled it well. I could have breezed him three or four weeks ago, but we’re taking our time and will try and plot the same path we did last year.”

The six-year-old worked for the first time since returning to the states on May 23 and went four furlongs in :50 2/5 over a fast main track.

The 2014 Horse of the Year finalist started his path in the United States last year at Monmouth, where he scored a victory over Twilight Eclipse by a neck in the U.N., starting a four race, all Grade 1’s, win streak, capping it off with a win in the Longines Breeders Cup Turf.

Main Sequence started off 2015 with a win in the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida at Gulfstream Park in February. His last start came in the United Arab Emirates at Meydan Racetrack in the Dubai Sheema Classic on March 28 where he was three-wide the entire race and uncharacteristically close to the pace, considering his come from behind style, and finished seventh.

“We thought about running him on Belmont Stakes Day, but we’re just going to stick with what worked for us last year,” said trainer H. Graham Motion.

The United Nations is one of two Grade 1 races that run at Monmouth Park, along with the $1 Million William Hill Haskell Invitational on August 2.