By Jarrod Horak
This is my second article in my five-part Breeders’ Cup sires series. I started my series with 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Curlin, and his son Good Magic is next in line.
Good Magic (Curlin – Glinda the Good, by Hard Spun) raced nine times with three wins, three place finishes, and a show finish. He earned more than $2.9 million. He landed the place in his bow and occupied that same spot in the Grade 1 Champagne second time out. He graduated in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and began his sophomore campaign with a show finish in the Fountain of Youth (G2). Chad Brown’s colt bounced back with a victory in the Grade 2 Blue Grass at Keeneland. He stalked the pace and landed the place behind Justify in the Kentucky Derby (G1), and dueled with Justify and finished a close fourth in the Preakness (G1). He won the Grade 1 Haskell at Monmouth and retired after finishing up the track in the Travers (G1).
Good Magic was 11-1 in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar. Bolt d’Oro was less than even money, and he bobbed at the start and raced wide from post 11, and was best of the rest in third. Good Magic drew right in the middle in post 6, and he stalked the pace, collared Solomini, and kicked away to win by 4 1/4 lengths under Jose Ortiz. He paid $25 to win.
Good Magic had multiple graded winners from his first crop including 2022 Champagne (G1) hero Blazing Sevens. The latter was third in the Grade 1 Blue Grass and a close second in the Preakness earlier this year. The young sire made a big splash earlier this spring when his son Mage captured the 2023 Kentucky Derby.
Breeders’ Cup Sires: Good Magic
Good Magic has not had a chance to be one of the leading Breeders’ Cup sires, but is only a matter of time before the Hill ’n’ Dale Farms stallion is responsible for a Breeders’ Cup winner. His 2024 stud fee is $125,000.
Breeders’ Cup 2023 Runners
It looks like Good Magic will have a pair of live Breeders’ Cup 2023 contenders. Muth (Good Magic – Hoppa, by Uncle Mo), is a $2 million purchase exiting a smart victory in the Grade 1 American Pharoah Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Bob Baffert’s colt has a very good chance in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Friday, Nov. 3.
Kentucky Derby winner Mage (Good Magic – Puca, by Big Brown) will make his next start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. After the Derby, he was third in the Preakness and second in the Haskell. He disappointed when last seen in the Travers and looks to bounce back at the Great Race Place on Saturday, Nov. 4.
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