Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time and current Canton dweller, headed north to visit another of the state's most successful sportsmen, horse trainer Graham Motion.
Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman, tweeted the above photo of the two outside one of Motion's barns at the peaceful, sprawling Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton this afternoon.
It was Bowman who got Phelps into racing. He'd picked up an interest years ago because a swimming coach he was working with liked to go out to the races.
Phelps and Bowman have talked about buying a horse, though I don't believe they've done so as of yet. They've talked with California-based trainer Bob Baffert about conditioning the horse, but maybe they'll decided to stay closer to home. Motion, afterall, trains horses for Sagamore Farm, the racing outfit owned by Under Armour founder Kevin Plank. Phelps, of course, has an endorsement deal with the Baltimore-based retailer.
He took Animal Kingdom, owned by Team Valor, to the Kentucky Derby winner's circle in 2011 and is currently No. 15 in earings among trainers this year, with nearly $6.3 million in winnings. Most of his horses are stabled in Florida for the winter, but he has traveled back and forth to supervise those still running on tracks here.
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