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No trickery involved, Fastest Magician lives up to name
RSS Feeds Sunday, May 22, 2011

Charles Fipke’s Fastest Magician showed his sleight of hand, slipping through a narrow opening near the quarter pole, en route to victory in the 7-furlong A Gift Stakes at Belmont on May 22.

The 3-year-old son of Johannesburg, who was foaled and raised at Darby Dan, was winning his first stakes race in just his third career start. A debut winner by eight lengths at two over the all-weather course at Lingfield, England, Fastest Magician was making his first career start on turf in the A Gift.

Racing along the rail under a snug hold by rider Jose Lezcano, Fastest Magician veritably dragged Lezcano into contention around the turn, squeezed between horses approaching the quarter pole, split rivals near the three-sixteenths pole, then hung tough when tackled late to earn the victory. Trained in England by Jeremy Noseda, Fastest Magician is now conditioned by Barclay Tagg for owner/breeder Mr. Fipke.

Fastest Magician is a half brother to 2010 New York Graded stakes winner/Wood Memorial (G1)-third Awesome Act. He is out of Houdini’s Honey, by Mr. Prospector, a full sister to Champion and world class sire Machiavellian and Champion runner/Champion producer Coup de Genie. Houdini’s Honey is also a full or half sister to Group 1 winner Exit to Nowhere; Group winner/Group producer Hydro Calido; Champion producer Salchow; multiple Group producer Rafina; and Group winner Ocean of Wisdom.