Bee A Magician, the 5-2 second choice, wore down the undefeated post time favorite To Dream On to capture the $435,000 Peaceful Way final on Saturday at Mohawk, part of the Canadian Trotting Classic undercard.
Driven by Rick Zeron, the rookie trotting miss celebrated her biggest victory of her young career as she posted the narrow victory in 1:53.4.
Samartina (Keith Oliver) left the gate sharply from post one to lead past the opening panel in :28.2. Zorgwijk Nova (Jody Jamieson) was in the pocket from a post ten start with To Dream On (Dave Miller) sitting third. As the fillies marched towards the half, Zorgwijk Nova pocket pulled and took over command, but the lead was short-lived as To Dream On circled around her to strike the front before the mid-way point in :57.1.
To Dream On continued to lead around the final turn and opened up on her rivals, but Bee A Magician was on the outside and gaining on the tempo-setter past three-quarters in 1:25. Turning for home, To Dream On and Bee A Magician separated themselves from the rest of the pack and were strides apart in deep stretch until Bee A Magician wore down To Dream On to win by a neck.
"I thought I'd give her a breather halfway around the turn and a little in the straight away,” Zeron said after the win. "I was able to sit on Dave's back (driver of To Dream On) and my filly swelled up a little bit. I was fortunate enough not have to go head-on with him and when I tipped her to the outside, she was strong and when I pulled the [ear] plugs at the seven-eights pole and she trotted right by.”
Bee A Magician, who sits atop the leaderboard in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, has crafted an impressive 7-1-0 record from nine starts this season for owners Herb Liverman, Mel Hartman and David McDuffee. The daughter of Kadabra now banked $451,190 for trainer Richard ‘Nifty' Norman. She paid $7.70 to win. (WEG)