Champion Good Magic Cruises In The Haskell

Stonestreet Stable and e Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ Good Magic showed he is the best 3-year-old colt in training on Sunday, cruising to an easy win in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational. Ridden by Jose Ortiz, the heavily-favored son of Curlin sat just off the pacesetter and breezed by in the far turn, never really threatened down the lane to win by about three lengths. Good Magic, trained by Chad Brown, completed nine furlongs over Monmouth Park’s fast main track in 1:50.01.

The win was the fourth on the afternoon for both Ortiz and Brown, and earns last year’s juvenile champion Good Magic an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Classic this fall at Churchill Downs.

Bravazo kept running on to finish a clear second, while Lone Sailor and Core Beliefs wrapped up the top four.

Good Magic broke well from near the center of the seven-horse field, and Ortiz allowed him to find his rhythm heading into the clubhouse turn. Roaming Union came up the rail to take command, while a three-wide Good Magic cruised up into second just over a length behind the leader. Bravazo was alongside the leader early, but was content to settle back into third down the backstretch, tracking fractions of :23.15 and :46.83. Meanwhile, Lone Sailor and Core Beliefs were both in their customary positions near the rear of the field.

Ortiz gave Good Magic an inch of rein approaching the far turn, and the colt steadily advanced on leader Roaming Union. At the five-sixteenths pole, Good Magic went flying by Roaming Union, galloping to the lead and making the turn for home with a three-length lead.

Good Magic (Curlin) and jockey Jose Ortiz win the Haskell Invitational

Bravazo was trying hard down the stretch but never seriously threatened Good Magic. Ortiz did just enough to keep Good Magic interested in the race until the wire, but allowed him to shut down slightly in the final sixteenth, making his margin of victory a misleading three lengths over Bravazo. Lone Sailor and Core Beliefs came from off the pace to finish third and fourth, respectively.

“We got into a good position and he relaxed really well,” Ortiz said. “When I asked him to run I pushed the button and he was there for me. It was a really easy trip. He made it easy for me. When he passed the eighth pole he actually gave me another gear. When we hit the sixteenth pole I said `all right, let me gear down because we have the Travers coming up so I want to save a little bit. I think he did it pretty easy. I’m just happy we got the win.”

Bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet, Good Magic was a $1 million purchase at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Stonestreet opted to maintain an interest in the colt, and he rewarded his connections with an Eclipse Award-winning juvenile season after his Breeders’ Cup Juvenile triumph. This year, Good Magic captured the Blue Grass Stakes and ran second to eventual Triple Crown winner Justify in the Kentucky Derby. In the Preakness, the colt was given a controversial ride from Ortiz in which he pressed Justify all the way around Pimlico’s course, tiring in the final sixteenth to finish fourth, beaten just a length for everything.

Overall, Good Magic’s record stands at three wins and three seconds from eight starts, with earnings of over $2.9 million. Brown suggested that the next stop on Good Magic’s path to the Breeders’ Cup could be the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.

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