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Anytime Magic Breaks Maiden In Lost In The Fog Stakes
Anytime Magic made his first start a memorable one by rambling to a
2 1/4-length victory in the $54,650 Lost in the Fog Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
A Kentucky-bred son of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, Anytime Magic captured the five-furlong dash for 2-year-olds in :59.59 under jockey David Lopez. Native Treasure, the 6-5 favorite, took second by 1 1/2 lengths over Saint Prado.
Anytime Magic, a $30,000 purchase at the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, is trained by veteran Bob Hess, who owns the gelding in partnership with James Eaton and Darrell Landry.
“He was a real attractive horse,” said Hess. “Probably got him so cheap because FuPegs aren’t really very hot right now and it was late in the sale.”
Anytime Magic, who had nine workouts in preparation for his debut, earned $30,450 for his victory in the Lost in the Fog.
“I never asked him to run in the mornings but I knew I had him fit and well-schooled,” said Hess.
Lopez guided Anytime Magic through his works and was not surprised by the gelding’s big effort Saturday.
“He’s got a lot of personality and likes to play around,” said Lopez. “But he’s become more focused lately and he showed it today. He broke so good and was right there. I just tried to be patient and when I asked him, he took off.”
Anytime Magic dueled on the lead with the filly Pearl Seeker before taking command in midstretch. Dismissed in the wagering at 15-1, Anytime Magic paid $33.60.
Sunday is closing day of the 2011-2012 winter/spring meeting at Golden Gate Fields and the track is presenting handicappers with an interesting challenge – a guaranteed $75,000 all grass late Pick 4. Sunday is also Dollar Day with the track offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, and $1 sodas. The popular Bay Area band Tainted Love will perform on the Trackside Stage between races.