Good Magic (Curlin), runner-up in the GI Champagne S. at Belmont Oct. 7, picked a very opportune time to break his maiden, upsetting Saturday’s GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar with a powerful 4 1/4-length decision at odds of 11-1. Solomini (Curlin) completed the exacta for his sire. Previously unbeaten ‘TDN Rising Star’ and 3-5 favorite Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) finished third after enduring a very wide trip.
Good Magic became the second Breeders’ Cup winner of the weekend for co-owner e Five Racing fresh off the heels of ‘TDN Racing Star’ Rushing Fall (More Than Ready)’s score in Friday’s GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Good Magic, a $1-million KEESEP graduate, is campaigned in partnership along with his breeder Stonestreet Stables.
“I thought he was a winner every step of the way,” winning trainer Chad Brown said after saddling his 10th career Breeders’ Cup winner. “We took a shot because he was a maiden, but he’s developing rapidly. I am so proud of this horse and proud of my staff. I feel so grateful that the two great owners who are partners in this horse gave me a chance with him. This guy here is developing rapidly. He’s not a real big horse, but he’s growing. It was his first time around two turns, and he aced the test.”
Good Magic came away well and secured a beautiful spot tracking from fourth through fractions of :22.83 and :46.75. Tipping off the fence approaching the stretch, Good Magic blew past Solomini soon after and poured it on in the final furlong.
“It went the way Chad [Brown] drew it up for me,” winning jockey Jose Ortiz said. “He said, ‘Break good and leave. When you make your move, be ready to be on the outside.’ Because he didn’t like the way the track was playing inside. I waited and went to the outside. I had the opportunity to go inside but I stuck with the plan to go outside.”
Good Magic was making his two-turn debut in the Juvenile. A debut second as the 3-5 favorite on the GI Travers S. undercard, he was beaten just a half-length going a one-turn mile in the Champagne.
e Five Racing is the nom-de-course of Bob Edwards, who is the owner of e5 Pharma, a pharmaceutical company for pets. After beginning racing operations in August 2015, e Five has hit the ground running, also campaigning last term’s GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf heroine New Money Honey (Medaglia d’Oro).
“Just winning is fun,” Edwards said. “I don’t care if it’s a claiming race, which we’re not in many of them. Winning is fun in general. Anytime you win, it’s great. This is spectacular. But winning is winning. It’s always fun. It’s the same adrenaline every time you win.”
Barbara Banke of Stonestreet Stables added, “I actually take almost all the colts, unless there is a reason not to take him. So we took him, I was iffy about selling him, but then we got a great partner, and a really lucky partner. So I’m very happy.”
Good Magic is the first Breeders’ Cup winner for his sire Curlin, winner of the 2007 GI Breeders’ Cup Classic at Monmouth. The winner’s dam Stonestreet homebred Glinda the Good won a pair of stakes and was also third in the 2011 GII Pocahontas S. Good Magic has a yearling half-brother by Speightstown, a $200,000 KEESEP purchase Paul Roy, and a weanling Super Saver half-sister. His dam was bred to Pioneerof the Nile this season.
Saturday, Del Mar
SENTIENT JET BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE-GI, $1,840,000, DMR, 11-4, 2yo, c/g, 1 1/16m, 1:43.34, ft.
1–GOOD MAGIC, 122, c, 2, by Curlin
1st Dam: Glinda the Good (MSW & GSP, $226,758), by Hard Spun
2nd Dam: Magical Flash, by Miswaki
3rd Dam: Gils Magic, by Magesterial
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN, 1ST GRADE I WIN. ($1,000,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Chad C. Brown; J-Jose L. Ortiz. $1,100,000. Lifetime Record: 3-1-2-0, $1,216,600. Werk Nick Rating: B+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Solomini, 122, c, 2, Curlin–Surf Song, by Storm Cat. ($270,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Zayat Stables, LLC; B-Glenna R. Salyer (KY); T-Bob Baffert. $340,000. 3–Bolt d’Oro, 122, c, 2, Medaglia d’Oro–Globe Trot, by A.P. Indy. ($630,000 Ylg ’16 FTSAUG). O-Ruis Racing LLC; B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY); T-Mick Ruis. $180,000. Margins: 4 1/4, 1, 8 1/4. Odds: 11.50, 9.80, 0.70.
Also Ran: Givemeaminit, The Tabulator, Hollywood Star, Firenze Fire, Hazit, Free Drop Billy, U S Navy Flag, Golden Dragon, Bahamian.
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