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Bee A Magician's 1:52.1 just misses Philly mark

September 11, 2014
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A field of eight winners-over $25,000 lifetime trotters lined up behind the starter for the Thursday afternoon feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, renewing the rivalry between trotting mare superstars Bee A Magician and Classic Martine.
 
At the start, it was Opening Night (Dave Miller) showing the best early speed. The 56-1 longshot battled for the lead, in an opening quarter that was reached in :27.1. Shortly after he cleared however, world champion Bee A Magician moved quickly up to take command. After settling down the half in :56.1, another longshot Melady's Monet (Anthony Morgan), emerged first-over, but could get no closer to the leaders wheel.
 
At the top of the stretch, Bee A Magician sprinted clear under minimal Brian Sears urging, stopping the clock in 1:52.1, just one fifth of a second off the track record set by Classic Martine less than one month ago. Classic Martine started here from post eight and finished sixth after being caught wide the entire first turn. Melady's Monet finished second, while Opening Night finished third.

Bee A Magician is owned by Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David Mc Duffee, and is trained by Nifty Norman. She paid $4.00 to win, and keyed an exacta that paid $87.40. The trifecta paid $723.20, while the Superfecta paid $1,435.80. (Harrah's Philadelphia)
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