Wrangler Magic, the Fan Hanover Stakes champion, scored another Grand Circuit victory Saturday in the $223,193 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies.
Driven by Sylvain Filion, Wrangler Magic flashed early speed to get situated in the two-hole as Invest In Art cut out fractions of :26 and :54. Solar Sister challenged first up, but Invest In Art took no prisoners pacing by the three-quarter pole in 1:21.3. In the stretch, several fillies made a bid for the lead, but Wrangler Magic and Filion found room to split horses and prevail in 1:50.3 by a neck over a closing Delightful Hill. Glamour Seelster finished third, while Invest In Art held on for fourth.
“She’s a great filly and she keeps surprising me every week,” said Filion. “She’s very nice to drive.”
Trained by Stephane Larocque, the Mach Three-Ja El Shamrock filly now has three wins from 11 starts this season for sophomore earnings over a half-million dollars.
“This is phenomenal,” said breeder and co-owner Dr. Maurice Stewart. “Bred and raised the filly out of a mare we still have out in Alberta, arranged the sale of her, and the partners we have in regards to Tom Kyron, Brian Paquet, Yves Filion, it’s phenomenal. We’ve had a great time racing her. It’s exciting.”
Wrangler Magic paid $10.30 to win as the 4-1 third choice in the wagering.