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Special Magic thrills Woodbine fans in Gold debut
REXDALE, ON — Last season’s Canadian Breeders champion Special Magic made a victorious return to stakes action on Monday evening, capturing the fastest of three Gold Series Eliminations at Woodbine Racetrack.
The royally bred daughter of Hall of Fame sire Camluck and $533,784 winner Art In The Park landed in third spot from Post 1, allowing reigning Gold Final champ Taylor Lynne to lead the field of three-year-old pacing fillies to a :26.4 opening quarter. Heading for the :55.3 half driver Steve Condren sent Special Magic to the lead, but the Milton resident allowed Serious Comfort to take control before the 1:22.4 three-quarters.
As the fillies turned for home Condren asked Special Magic for another gear and the talented filly delivered an impressive effort down the stretch, fending off favourite Invitro to earn the 1:51.3 victory by a head. DHB Six closed hard to earn the third-place finisher’s share of the $41,731 purse.
Bob McIntosh trains Special Magic for breeders Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY. The win was the filly’s second this season and boosted her lifetime earnings to $309,831.
Manhattan Killean also boosted her 2004 record to two wins in three starts with a 1:53 triumph in the first elimination. The Run The Table daughter and Luc Ouellette fired straight to the front from Post 4 and never faced a challenge, coasting across the wire four and three-quarter lengths ahead of favourite Converging Spirit and Ja El Shamrock.
Kevin McMaster trains Manhattan Killean for Zorica Martinovic of Toronto, who purchased the winner of $51,180 for just $4,200 at the 2002 Canadian Classic Yearling Sale.
The other elimination went to first time Ontario Sires Stakes starter Double The Fun, who powered by pacesetter and fan favourite Double Creme around the last turn and sprinted off to the four length victory in 1:52.
Perfect World Enterprises of Old Westbury, NY own Double The Fun, who heads into next Monday’s $130,000 Gold Final on a three race win streak. Scott Forbes trains the Grinfromeartoear filly and Paul MacDonell engineered her impressive victory over Double Creme and On This Day.
The top three finishers from each elimination will return to Woodbine Racetrack on Monday, June 21 for the second $130,000 Gold Final on their sophomore schedule. They will be joined by one fourth-place finisher, either M T Freedom, The Big Sow or Armbro Berlin, who will round out the 10-horse field for the lucrative Final.