GOOD MAGIC (c, Curlin—Glinda the Good, by Hard Spun)
O-e Five Thoroughbreds & Stonestreet Stables. B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY). T-C Brown. Sales History: $1,000,000 yrl KEESEP ’16. Lifetime Record: Ch. 2yo, GISW, 5-2-2-1, $1,855,000.
Apr. 17 TDN Top 20 Rank: 5
Last Start: 1st, GII Blue Grass S., KEE, Apr. 7
Accomplishments Include: 1st GI Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, SA, Nov. 4.; 2nd GI Champagne S., BEL, Oct. 7.
KY Derby Points: 134
If it is possible to be a million-dollar KEESEP auction purchase, a Breeders’ Cup winner, and an Eclipse Award champion and yet still be considered an “under the radar” Derby horse, then Good Magic is it. He was short on conditioning as a failed-to-fire favorite in his 2018 debut, and over the course of the next eight weeks in February and March this Curlin champ trained out of the spotlight while the sophomore division was dominated by other up-and-comers. Then Good Magic redeemed himself with a solid, stretch-fighting win in the GII Toyota Blue Grass S. that provided him with a ratcheted-up test of his ability while not completely draining him for his well-targeted start in the Derby. If you believe that all of the speed currently shown on paper among the Derby entrants will actually materialize in the race itself, then you have to think Good Magic’s effective, proven ability to carve out a sweet stalking spot and make one sustained run from about a half mile out is going to be a definite asset that ups his chances considerably.
|1st||GII Blue Grass S.|
|3rd||GII Fountain of Youth S.|
|1st||GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile|
|2nd||GI Champagne S.|