Kentucky Derby: Good Magic (Curlin)
Foaled on March 1st, 2015, Good Magic was sired by leading sire Curlin and out of Glinda the Good. More importantly, his damsire is 2007 Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Hard Spun. He is owned by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings and trained by the incomparable Chad Brown.
With a strong pedigree and an impressive set of connections, expectations on Good Magic remain high. He was purchased by Stonestreet for $1,000,000 as a yearling and has progressed mightily since.
Making his debut at Saratoga in a 6 ½ furlong maiden special weight, Good Magic would eventually run second to Hazit. Even in defeat, that performance was enough to warrant a start in the 2017 Champagne Stakes, which is a stop on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Good Magic opened as a 7/5 morning line favorite, but would shift to 4/1 at the start of the race.
Starting out well with a good trip, Good Magic worked his way to the front of the pack early on in the one-mile Champagne. He seemed poised to seal his victory as he exploded perfectly down the homestretch out of the final corner, but was caught by a surging Firenze Fire, who had gone off as an 11/1 outsider. Battling hard down the line, Good Magic simply didn’t have enough to win but came in second by a half-length.
As one of the most expensive two-year-olds in the overall field, there was never any doubt that Good Magic would prepare for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He was given soft 8/1 odds that few decided to back given that Bolt d’Oro was such a heavy favorite. Good Magic went off as an 11/1 outsider, but made it known that he was worth every penny that Stonestreet spent to acquire him.
Sitting pretty behind the pacesetting Solomini and U.S. Navy Flag for much of the race, Good Magic came roaring around the final turn and exploded down the stretch to dust the competition by a commanding 4 ½ lengths. To say that Good Magic chose the perfect place to score his first victory is an understatement.
Good Magic crossed the wire in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with a winning time of 1:43.34.
In three starts, Good Magic has achieved a record of 1-2-0 and has $1,216,000 in career earnings. Over the course of the next few months he will be one of the fixtures on the 2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby. If he flares with class the way he did in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, he will be hard to top in the Triple Crown.
Horse of the Year
Champion 3-year-old colt
Preakness S. [G1] at Pimlico (1 3/16 mi., defeating Street Sense, Hard Spun, C P West, etc.),
Breeders’ Cup Classic Powered by Dodge [G1] at Monmouth Park (1 1/4 mi., by 4 1/2 lengths, defeating Hard Spun, Awesome Gem, Street Sense, etc.),
Jockey Club Gold Cup [G1] at Belmont Park (1 1/4 mi., defeating Lawyer Ron, Political Force, Sun King, etc.),
Arkansas Derby [G2] at Oaklawn Park (1 1/8 mi., by 10 1/2 lengths, defeating Storm in May, Deadly Dealer, Delightful Kiss, etc.),
Rebel S. [G3] at Oaklawn Park (1 1/16 mi., by 5 1/4 lengths, defeating Officer Rocket (GB), Teuflesberg, Going Ballistic, etc.), a maiden special weight at Gulfstream (7 fur., by 12 3/4 lengths, defeating Winstrella, Marnesia’s Big Boy, Senor Enrico, etc.),
Belmont S. [G1] at Belmont Park (1 1/2 mi., to Rags to Riches, by a head, defeating Tiago, Hard Spun, etc.),
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands [G1] at Churchill Downs (1 1/4 mi., to Street Sense, Hard Spun, defeating Imawildandcrazyguy, etc.),
Haskell Invitational S. [G1] at Monmouth Park (1 1/8 mi., to Any Given Saturday, Hard Spun, defeating Imawildandcrazyguy, etc.).
AT 4 IN UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Highweighted Older Horse on UAE Free Handicap, 9 1/2-11 fur.
Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup [G1] at Nad Al Sheba (1 1/4 mi., by 7 3/4 lengths), a handicap race at Nad Al Sheba (1 1/4 mi.).
AT 4 IN NORTH AMERICA
Horse of the Year
Champion Older Horse
Jockey Club Gold Cup S. [G1] at Belmont Park (1 1/4 mi., defeating Wanderin Boy, Merchant Marine, Mambo in Seattle, etc.),
Woodward S. [G1] at Saratoga (1 1/8 mi., defeating Past the Point, Wanderin Boy, A. P. Arrow, etc.),
Stephen Foster H. [G1] at Churchill Downs (1 1/8 mi., by 4 1/4 lengths, defeating Einstein (BRZ), Barcola, Grasshopper, etc.),
Man o’ War S. [G1] at Belmont Park (1 3/8 mi., to Red Rocks (IRE), defeating Better Talk Now, Sudan (IRE), etc.).
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