2013 Breeders' Cup Turf: Magician magical in win

November 02, 2013 02:31pm
Magician wins the Breeders' Cup Turf!
Photo: Don August
Going into the Breeders’ Cup Turf, all the hype was centered on the lone filly contender The Fugue, and rightly so. She should have been last year’s winner of the Filly & Mare Turf, but had a horrendous trip. Since then, she has competed against the best Europe had to offer, notching two huge wins in her previous two starts to qualify for both the Turf and the Filly & Mare Turf. She was strictly the one to beat despite not having a win against males at the 12 furlong Turf distance. She looked a winner in deep stretch, but the thing about horse racing is that it rarely goes according to the script.
At the break, longshot Teaks North went for the lead, and defending champion Little Mike sat right off of him. Morning line and post time favorite The Fugue, with jockey William Buick in the irons, got a much better trip than this time last year. Rather than getting bottled up on the inside, she was able to get a good mid-pack position on the outside. Ramsey owned Big Blue Kitten was the early trailer.
On the front end, Teaks North set a modest 24 flat first quarter despite the downhill run. The tempo quickened into the next quarter, and the half mile went in 46:94. The fast pace continued with Little Mike hounding the 95-1 longshot through three quarters in 1.10:67 and the mile in 1.35:26. Midway through the final turn, last year’s gutsy winner came away with the lead, but he wouldn’t keep it for long. Entering the stretch, Little Mike, Vagabond Shoes, who ran a huge race, and The Fugue lined up across the track, battling for the lead. The Fugue, who started moving early, grabbed the lead and looked a winner, but unfortunately for her, the wire didn’t come soon enough.
The lone 3-year old in the field, Magician, was making a huge move down the center of the trip. After staying “covered up” for much of the race, he moved to the outside of Real Solution and Point of Entry in the stretch. With nothing in front of him, the Irish 2000 Guineas winner knew it was time to get down to business, and get to down to business he did. Overcoming a slight speed bias, he certainly sprouted wings in order to gun down The Fugue in the final strides of the race, getting the win by about half a length.
Ridden by Ryan Moore and trained by Aidan O’Brien, Magician returned $27.00/$11.80/$7.00 for a $2 bet. Favored The Fugue returned $4.40/$3.00, and Argentinean bred Indy Point returned $5.40 for the show. Magician completed the mile and a half in 2.23:23, the second fastest running of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, behind only Little Mike’s 2.22:83 time 2012 time. Point of Entry got up for 4th, and he was followed by Vagabond Shoes, Twilight Eclipse, Little Mike, Big Blue Kitten, Real Solution, Skyring, Teaks North, and Tale of a Champion.
Today’s win was a vindication of sorts for the 3-year old son of international super sire Galileo. Shortly before his last race, the Group 1 St. James Palace Stakes, the colt was injured in a swimming pool incident. O’Brien made the decision to run him anyway, but after Magician was eased in the stretch, O’Brien stated that he should not have run him. That race was back in June, and the colt did not run again until today. O’Brien trained him during the layoff to run the mile and a half. His St. James decision might not have been the best, but O’Brien showed why he is one of the top trainers in the world when his training tactics paid off on such a huge stage. 


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I somehow missed the swimming pool incident myself, amino. My apologies :-)
NOW you tell me about the swimming pool incident :) >> nice article, Ashley.

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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, which led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

Ashley began her time with Horse Racing Nation covering racing in South Florida but also blogged about nationwide racing, industry issues and, from time to time, offered her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry. A move North to New Hampshire began both a new chapter in both Ashley's personal life and professional life. She currently pens the From Coast to Coast blog for HRN. Ashley also participates as a voter in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.

An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley is from Central Georgia but is currently living in New Hampshire with her husband, Chris, and their two sons Charlie and Michael. A stay-at-home mom, Ashley juggles parenting with blogging and her other passions. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is a fervent football fan, enjoys reading and studying history, and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.

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