Monday, May 30, 2016
Darby Dan’s freshman sire Shackleford has caught fire with his first crop of 2-year-olds, as the Classic-winning, three-time Grade 1 winner picked up his third Maiden Special Weight winner in as many days when Oxblood captured his debut Sunday in a $59,000 race at Woodbine...
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Shackin Up, a promising filly from the first crop of three-time G1 winner Shackleford, became her sire’s second winner in as many days, as the 2-year-old debutante romped to an 8 ¾-length victory in a $32,000 Maiden Special Weight race Saturday at Arlington...
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Are You Kidding Me, Run Away and Hide’s Sovereign championship-winning son, became a five-time Graded stakes winner on Saturday, capturing the $200,000 Eclipse Stakes (G2) in wire-to-wire fashion for the second straight year at Woodbine...
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.