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WITH NO ZENYATTA IN SIGHT, MADE FOR MAGIC ROMPS TO 8 ¾-LENGTH TRIUMPH
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 2, 2010) – After chasing mighty Zenyatta in her previous start, Made for Magic simply blew away her peers Friday with a dazzling 8 ¾- length victory in Santa Anita’s $56,456 allowance feature for fillies and mares at one-mile.
Third choice at 4-1 in a field of six, Made for Magic passed pace-setter Alice’s Smart nearing the far turn, and the 5-year-old mare ridden by Omar Berrio for trainer A. C. Avila quickly became a solitary figure through the stretch.
She crossed the wire in 1:35.70 as 13-10 favorite Pretty Unusual ran on for second, one-half length ahead of third-place Divine Legacy. Lady Alex, the 9-5 second choice, checked in fourth after being compromised when she hopped in the air leaving the gate.
The decisive victory by the daughter of Cape Canaveral ended a string of eight setbacks following a neck win last Sept. 16 in the $50,000 Las Madrinas Handicap at Fairplex Park.
Made for Magic paid $10.40, $4 and $2.80. Pretty Unusual, ridden by Mike Smith, returned $2.60 and $2.20. Divine Legacy, with Victor Espinoza aboard, paid $3 to show.
Made for Magic was sent off at odds of 35-1 when she went up against Zenyatta in the Grade I Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita on March 13. It was a respectable effort. After pressing the pace, she faded to sixth, 6 ¼ lengths behind the sensational unbeaten mare.
Pretty Unusual competed in the Santa Margarita as well, finishing fifth, three lengths behind Zenyatta and that performance, along with her 29-1 upset in the Gr. II El Encino Stakes in January, seemed to justify her favoritism.
She and the others, however, were little match for Made for Magic on Friday. Claimed for $16,000 by L-Bo Racing and Michael Lamb at Golden Gate Fields on Aug. 21 of last year, Made for Magic’s most decisive career victory was worth $31,200. The winning purse brought her lifetime earnings to $200,988 from a record of 7-5-6 in 31 starts.
Lookin At Lucky, last year’s 2-year-old champion, is the 4-5 morning line favorite among 10 entrants in Saturday’s 73rd running of the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, which has produced 15 winners of the Kentucky Derby, four within the past 15 years. The Santa Anita Derby will be contested as the sixth race on an 11-race program that includes three additional Grade II stakes races and gets underway at 12 noon.