Yonkers Raceway’s Saturday night $45,000 co-featured Open Handicap was brought to us by the letter B, with Bee A Magician (Brian Sears, $3.50), who took an overnight rest stop and toyed with her six marquee trot rivals.
From post No. 6 (in one notch after the inside number was scratched-sick), Bee A Magician paid a :27.4 price to secure the lead. One she paid that toll, the rest of the road was essentially a freebie (:57.4, 1:26.4, 1:54.1).
Major Athens (Tyler Buter) pulled pocket early against ‘the Queen,’ and all that did was cost him second. That went to Allerage Star (Dan Dube), with Major Athens, Luminosity (George Brennan) and Crazy About Pat (Jordan Stratton) grabbing the minor awards. Buen Camino (Jason Bartlett) was outrun in a mile that ended up being a track record for aged mares.
For $3.9 million ma’am Bee A Magician, a six-year-old daughter of Kadabra trained by Nifty Norman for co-owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee, the win was his third in as many seasonal starts (lifetime 44-for-68). The exacta paid $19.80, with the triple returning $64.50.
(Standardbred Canada with files from Yonkers Raceway)