It may have been one of her easiest races this year as Bee A Magician and driver Brian Sears won their $25,000 division of the Breeders Crown eliminations for three-year-old trotting fillies Saturday at Pocono Downs in 1:52.1.
Undefeated in 14 starts this year, Bee A Magician got away in third place as Shared Past (Yannick Gingras) and Ma Chere Hall (Corey Callahan) had a bit of a dogfight for control of the early lead with Shared Past winning the battle and stuffing Ma Chere Hall into the two hole.
They raced to the opening quarter mile in :27.1 and that’s when Sear sent Bee A Magician to the front and she cut fractions of :56.3 to the half and 1:25.1 to the three-quarters before scooting away from the field with only gentle urging from Sears to win by four open lengths. Ma Chere Hall was second with Time To Kill (John Campbell) third and also making it to the final, Handover Belle (Mike Lachance) who finished fourth.
“She real professional,” Sears said. “Yes she did it pretty much on her own. She knows what we are trying to accomplish out there and she makes my job easy. She has a good head, a good mouth on her. She knows what we are trying to accomplish and she does it easy.”
Trained by R. Nifty Norman and owned by Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDufee, Bee A Magician is daughter of Kadabra. She was sent off as the overwhelming 1/9 betting favorite and paid just $2.10 to win.
Coffeecake Hanover ($23.00), deftly driven by Matt Kalakley, caught 3-5 favorite Frau Blucher late to win her $25,000 elimination for the Breeders Crown 3TF event Saturday.
Coffeecake Hanover sat in the pocket as defending Crown champion To Dream On (8-5) set fast fractions of 26.3, 54.1, and 1:23, then was shuffled on the turn as first-over Frau Blucher and driver Ron Pierce grinded to take the advantage approaching headstretch.
Kakaley, the second-leaving driver at Pocono, found a seam in early stretch, and in a duel of the last two Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champions, Coffeecake Hanover had the most late, tripping the timer in 1:52.4 with a length margin over Frau Blucher. Thistle Dhu and Royal Assets were next in line at the wire and will advance; Bouncing Bax, who was fifth, will await the results to the eleventh race second division to see if she advances. To Dream On will not advance -- she tired and finished sixth.
Coffeecake Hanover is a daughter on Cantab Hall trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Pippi, and Yanek. Burke, who swept the Daily Double, had some anxious moments on the final turn.
"I wasn't sure if we were able to get out,” Burke said, “I was very glad once she came clear."
Asked about the prospects of facing the #1-rated harness horse Bee A Magician next week (assuming she advances), Burke reflected, "I don't know if we can beat 'The Queen,' but at least we will be able to shake for an inside post (elimination winners shake for posts 1-5 for the final)."
By Steve Wolf and Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com