Wednesday, April 15, 2009
My Magic Moment Returns in Boynton Beach Saturday
Lawrence Goichman’s 3-year-old homebred filly My Magic Moment was a neck short of perfect in three starts on turf last year in New York and will likely be the favorite making her 2009 season debut in the $50,000 Boynton Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Leading jockey Jose Lezcano rides My Magic Moment for trainer Tom Albertrani in the one-mile turf test, facing eight rival 3-year-old fillies in the final stakes of the Gulfstream meeting, which closes Thursday, April 23. Albertrani already has won six stakes at the session.
Maram went on to capture the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Oct. 24 to remain undefeated while My Magic Moment completed her 2-year-old campaign winning an overnight stakes on turf at Belmont on Oct. 26.
A definite threat on her best form in Saturday’s race is Chester Bishop and partners’ Oilgonewile with Wesley Henry to ride for trainer Joe Calascibetta. The chestnut daughter of Montbrook won the Georgia Debutante on turf last fall at Calder and the Sweetest Chant going wire-to-wire over the Gulfstream course on Jan. 18.
In two tries since, Oilgonewile ran another good race when second in the Coconut Grove Stakes on Feb. 15 while setting the pace, but tired to sixth last out in the Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3) on Mar. 15. The last two races were won by Gozzip Girl for Albertrani, and she went on to finish a game second in the Ashland Stakes (G1) at Keeneland.
Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. sends out a pair of fillies with stakes experience in Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Ameribelle, to be ridden by Paco Lopez, and James Riccio’s Exe, with Manoel Cruz up.
Ameribelle is a homebred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro who finished sixth behind Oilgonewile in the Sweetest Chant, but finished second last out in the Florida Oaks (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs on Mar. 14.
Exe is a roan/gray daughter of Exchange Rate who won the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf at Calder in November by a half-length over Ameribelle and finished a good third behind Oilgonewile in the Sweetest Chant. She will need to do better than her ninth-place effort behind Gozzip Girl in the Coconut Grove last out on Feb. 15.
Completing the field for the Boynton Beach are Peter Mirabelli’s Cassidy’s Pride, Elvis Trujillo; James Malcolm’s Roxyana, Joe Bravo; St. George Stable’s Iztaccihuatl, Javier Santiago; Three Diamonds Farm’s Seminole Lass, Jermaine Bridgmohan; and Capital Hill Thoroughbreds’ Miss Blakely, Jeffrey Sanchez.
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