GOOD MAGIC (c, Curlin—Glinda the Good, by Hard Spun)
O-e Five Thoroughbreds & Stonestreet Stables. B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings (KY). T-Chad Brown. Sales History: $1,000,000 yrl KEESEP ’16. Lifetime Record: GISW, 3-1-2-0, $1,216,600.
Last Start: 1st, GI Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, SA, Nov. 4.
Accomplishments Include: 2nd, GI Champagne S., BEL, Oct. 7.
Next Start: Possible for GII Fountain of Youth S., GP, Mar. 3
KY Derby Points: 24
At this point in the season, Good Magic’s maiden-breaking 11-1 upset in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile represents the chief enigma in terms of getting a good read on the juveniles who were most highly rated going into that championship race. Was his stalking, responsive, drawing-away win merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we might expect moving forward into 2018? Or do you make the case that the solid favorite in that race, Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro), endured such a brutal trip that he never attained a contending position, thus depriving both colts of a truer test of their abilities? You certainly can’t say that this million-dollar KEESEP colt hadn’t been keeping good company prior to his Breeders’ Cup win: Good Magic debuted as the odds-on favorite in a maiden race on the GI Travers S. undercard at Saratoga, and off that decent second-place try he stretched out to a one-turn mile in the GI Champagne S. and got beat only half a length by an impressive winner while striding out three lengths clear of a next-out Grade II winner. He’s been freshened on the farm for the past two months; TDN‘s Bill Finley reported on Sunday that owner Bob Edwards said Good Magic is being pointed to the GII Fountain of Youth S. at Gulfstream Mar. 3.