Thursday, January 08, 2009


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2009) – In his first start since being claimed by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Devoted Magic ran away from his competition Wednesday in Santa Anita’s $50,000 allowance feature for California-breds, winning by 6 ¾ lengths and traversing 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.60.

The 5-1 upsetter helped generate a Pick Six carryover of $102,376 into Thursday’s eight-race program that commences at 1 p.m. Santa Anita has experienced four Pick Six carryovers in 10 racing days this season.

With Joel Rosario scoring his second of three riding victories on Wednesday, Devoted Magic took the lead at the head of the stretch from a fading pace-setter, 2-1 favorite In God’s Hands, and thereby dull the return to action of jockey Tyler Baze, sidelined with injuries since Dec. 5.

River Echo, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, finished second in the field of ten, one-half length ahead of third-place Draft Choice, with Martin Pedroza aboard. In God’s Hands tired to ninth after dictating rapid early fractions of 21.25 and 43.62.

Tyler Baze, the 19th leading rider in North America in 2008 with earnings of over $8.3 million despite missing most of the year’s last month, was injured in a one-horse spill at Hollywood Park on Dec. 5. His injuries included three cracked ribs and a hairline fracture of his right shoulder.

Victorious Devoted Magic paid $13, $6.80 and $4.20. The mutuels on River Echo were $5.60 and $3 while Draft Choice paid $3.60 to show.

Hollendorfer claimed Devoted Magic for $32,000 out of a fifth-place finish at Hollywood Park on Nov. 29 after he had won his prior start at the same level. The 5-year-old gelding could have been haltered for $10,000 in his previous race, an 8 ¾-length triumph at Fairplex Park.

His win on Wednesday was worth $28,200 for Hollendorfer and partner George Todaro and boosted the son of Muqtarib’s career earnings to $71,340 from a 4-0-1 record in nine races.

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