The newly minted triple millionaire following her Charlie Hill Memorial Trot victory last weekend at Scioto Downs, Bee A Magician powered away from her foes on Friday to a 1:51.1 triumph, lowering Perfect Alliance’s track (1:51.4) and Canadian (1:51.2) records that were set last year in stakes action on the WEG circuit.
Defending Armbro Flight Stakes champion Classic Martine (Tim Tetrick) fired to the lead from post seven into a :26.4 opening panel before Handover Belle (Yannick Gingras) brushed by down the backstretch. But Sears made his move with Bee A Magician past the :55.1 half-mile mark and quickly swept to command before reaching three-quarters in 1:23.4. The 2-5 favourite opened up a couple of lengths coming into the stretch and widened that margin to four lengths by the wire, trotting her final quarter in :27.2. Classic Martine finished second with Allie Labrook (Dan Shetler Jr.), Handover Belle and Harley Momma (Sylvain Filion) completing the top five finish order.
“I was really happy with the way things worked out,” said Sears. “She was really good tonight scoring down and I think the cool weather might have helped her a little bit too — not as much stress from the heat.
“She was razor sharp tonight and I was really happy with her, that’s for sure.”
The Kadabra-Beehive mare is now five-for-six in her five-year-old campaign for trainer Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman and owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee.
With record performances in the first eliminations of the night after a rainy day at the Campbellville, Ont. oval, Sears noted that the track was in “super” condition.
“I think that water only helps tracks unless it gets a little too sloppy, but the track is super as of now,” he said.