It seems that nothing can stop Bee A Magician and her undefeated 2013 season as the three-year-old trotting filly posted her eleventh straight win with an ultra impressive victory in the $216,439 Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk Raceway Monday.
The co-featured sixth race started off with Shared Past go quickly to the early lead. She was driven by, who came to the Mohawk just to drive this filly for trainer Ron Burke and they were not able to sit back and watch the action. With Motown Muscle (Mario Baillargeon) grabbing the two-hole trip they went past the opening quarter mile in :27.
Back in the pack was Bee A Magician and driver Richard Zeron, who started in the second tier from post 11 and had to start behind the rail horse, Anaffairtoremember (Jack Moiseyev) and they did not leave at all.
They raced nearly Indian-style to the half mile in :56.1 and that was when Anaffairtoremember started to come first-over and flushed To Dream On (Dave Miller), who started to advance on the race leaders. Meanwhile, Zeron was able to get to the outside with Bee A Magician to follow Anaffairtoremember third over but Anaffairtoremember could not keep up with the live cover from To Dream On as Shared Past continued to lead at the three-quarters in 1:23.4.
As the field started down the stretch it was Shared Past still in command but far back in sixth place, Zeron had tipped three-wide with Bee A Magician and around mid-stretch the duo kicked in another gear and blasted their way home, collaring and passing Shared Past to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:52.3. Shared Past held for second with Motown Muscle third.
“I was very concerned having to leave from post eleven,” Zeron said. “I’ve been concerned for the last three days about that. Fortunately I got away OK and was not pinned down. I was really worried about that because I knew a lot of horse would be leaving early.
“I looked up after the three-quarters and saw that both Dave and Mario were way ahead of me,” Zeron said. “I said to myself I hope she can kick it in like she has in the past. I’ve been bragging all year how she (Bee A Magician) can kick it in coming for home and she did.”
Bee A Magician rewrote the Simcoe Stakes record with her 1:52.3 triumph for trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman. The daughter of Kadabra is owned by Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee and has now earned $967,000 with her 11 wins. Sent off as the 1-2 wagering favorite, Bee A Magician paid $3.00 to win.
By Steve Wolf