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Cancellieres negotiating to buy Magical Acres

January 05, 2012

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New Jersey-based trainer Tom Cancelliere told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that not only is he extremely happy with the early progress of the eight yearlings he and his brother John purchased last fall for a combined $1.95 million, but they are also negotiating to purchase Chuck Sylvester’s Magical Acres training center in Chesterfield.

“We touch (property) with Chucky; we have about 700 or 800 feet of common property line," said Canciellere, who currently trains his stable on the 55-acre farm he and his brother own. “Chucky wants to sell…it was like a marriage made in heaven, so to speak. He had a need and we had a need.”

Cancelliere stressed that if and when a final agreement is reached, Magical Acres will continue as a public training facility.

“The biggest thing is that everybody is under the impression that we are going to make it private,” he said. “It’s not going to be private. We want to build a state-of-the-art PUBLIC facility—not private. We want the best trainers to come here, we want the track to be sharp, and we want the facility to be sharp. We’ll have the work done so everybody’s happy.”

As for the yearlings, Cancelliere said he was “real happy with them all.” The group includes the $825,000 purchase Detour Hanover, a full brother to the 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover, and Some Of The Beach, a full brother to the 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere.

“So far I’ve been very, very fortunate,” said Cancelliere. “I’ve been jogging all of them; they all have plenty of miles on them, well over 100 miles. It won’t be too long until we turn them in a sub-3:00 mile.

“Now we’re teaching them all to swim; they’re all going in the pool,” he added. “When the weather gets too bad and we get snow, I’ll swim them. I’ll put them on the treadmill at the bottom of the pool and let them swim.”

Cancelliere said there is no timetable for the debut of any of his now 2 year olds, but it is likely there won’t be any early appearances.

“If anything, I’m looking to go later than sooner,” he said. “I’m not looking to start the babies up too soon. I’m going to take my time and when they’re ready, they’re ready.”--harnessracing.com

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