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Good Magic Back In Top Form For Blue Grass Score

By Margaret Ransom

Good Magic heads to the get his photo taken after winning the 2018 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland under Jose Ortiz. Photo: Jordan Thomson

E Five Racing and Stonestreet Stables’ champion Good Magic on Saturday returned to top form and reminded everyone exactly why he earned the crown as last year’s top juvenile with his 1 ½-length victory in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GII) at Keeneland.

Trained by Chad Brown, the son of Curlin was ridden by Jose Ortiz and covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.18 over a fast main track. The victory awarded Good Magic, who was third in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (GII) last month in his sophomore debut, 100 points toward making the field for the $2 million Kentucky Derby and he now sits atop the leader board with a total of 134.

Good Magic’s latest victory, which is only his second from five starts, was worth $600,000 and bumped his career earnings to $1,855,000 with a record of 5-2-2-1. His other victory came in last year’s Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), which earned him the Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old of 2017.

After the break, longshot Arawak set all the early pace through splits of of :23.55 and :47.40, with Flameaway up closest and to his outside. Good Magic was content to… (more)