Day At The Track

Precocious Filly hopes to sting her rivals

09:11 PM 09 Nov 2013 NZDT
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Bee A Magician
Bee A Magician is owned by David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman
Bee A Magician will do her best to keep her unblemished 3-year-old campaign intact tonight, when she goes postward in the American National for 3-year-old trotting fillies.
 
Making her first start tonight since her Oct. 19 victory in the $500,000 Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs, the daughter of Kadabra has a perfect 15-for-15 record this year, with seasonal earnings of $1,359,184.
 
Owned by David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman, and conditioned by Richard “Nifty” Norman, Bee A Magician was a $10,000 supplement to tonight’s event.
 
“It’s her attitude; she just wants it more than anything else,” said Norman after her 1:52.4 Breeders Crown victory. “She’s amazing. She makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up just when you’re warming her up. She’s special for sure.”
Bred by White Birch Farm, Bee A Magician earned $766,652 as a freshman, winning ten of 13 starts while competing on Canadian ovals in nearly all Ontario Sire Stake events. She recorded her 2-year-old record of 1:53.4 while triumphing in the $448,050 Peaceful Way at Mohawk on Sept. 15, and capped off her freshman season by winning the $300,000 OSS Final in 1:53.4 by 9½ lengths at Woodbine.

“It’s an honor to drive a filly like her,” admits driver Brian Sears. “Whenever you go behind the gate, you’ve got an awful lot of confidence. She’s awesome, real professional and very handy. She knows what we’re trying to accomplish out there and makes my job pretty easy. She’s been good every time I’ve sat behind her so I’ve got no complaints.”
 
This season Bee A Magician has faced and conquered every challenge posted before her, beginning the season by winning Ontario Standardbred Breeders divisions on May 17 and 24 in 1:53.4 and 1:54.4; the $72,750 Casual Breeze in 1:54.2 on May 31 and her Elegant Image $34,300 elim in 1:53.3 on June 7 and the $356,981 final on June 15 in 1:53.
 
On June 24 she captured a $99,750 Ontario Sire Stake at Mohawk in 1:52.2, then shipped to the Meadowlands on July 13 where she romped in the $265,500 Delvin Miller in a career best 1:51, drawing away by 4½ lengths.  That clocking was the fastest mile of the year for a 3-year-old trotting distaff, and Bee A Magician thus joins Peace Corps (1989) and CR Kay Susie (1995) as only the third filly in the past quarter century to be the season’s fastest sophomore trotter.
 
On July 27 she won her $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks elimination in 1:53.3, then returned a week later to capture the $500,000 Final in 1:51.4 by 3¼ lengths at the East Rutherford, NJ one miler. 
 
She then returned to Canada, rattling off four victories at Mohawk before shipping to Pocono Downs for her Breeders Crown elim and final.  She took the $145,500 ONSS in 1:53.1 on Aug.10; the $205,608 Simcoe Stake on Sept. 9 in 1:52.3; the $101,808 ONSS in 1:52.1 on Sept. 13; and the $194,000 ONSS series final on Sept. 28 in 1:52.2. 
 
Bee A Magician’s career earnings now stand at $2,125,836, with 25 wins in 28 lifetime trips postward. The purse monies she’s accumulated have seen her establish a new earnings standard for a combined 2- and 3-year-old season among sophomore filly trotters, pushing her well past Pampered Princess’ 2006-2007 record of $1,648,362.
 
If she wins the American National tonight, Bee A Magician will join Syrinx Hanover—who was never bested during her 2001 season when she went 12 for 12—as the sport’s second, $1 million-winning, undefeated single-season earner.
 
Certainly, an American National victory would put Bee A Magician in serious contention for Horse of the Year honors, although only five of the 66 winners have had unblemished, single-season records. Thirty winners of that title have been trotters, and 13 have been females.
 
If she is crowned Horse of the Year, Bee A Magician would join five other sophomore filly trotters who have been so honored: Stenographer in 1954; Emily’s Pride in 1958; Fancy Crown in 1984; CR Kay Suzie in 1995; and Continentalvictory in 1996.
 
Bee A Magician was a $90,000 yearling purchase at the 2011 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg, and is the first foal out of the Balanced Image mare Beehive 3,Q1:57.3F ($8,791).  She has 2-year-old half-sister in Dynamite Honey (by Explosive Matter) 2, 2:00.3F ($17,400), who is also conditioned by Norman and these same owners, and who scored her maiden victory on Oct. 31 at Harrah’s Philadelphia.
 
By Kimberly Rinker…For Balmoral Park Publicity
 
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