Magic of Speed got back on the winning track, picking up his third win of the season for trainer-driver Robert Taylor Sunday, Sept. 5. The two-year-old son of Dover Dan stopped the timer in 1:58.2, just one tick off his lifetime best taken earlier this year at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
Starting from post eight, Magic of Speed moved over to the inside for Taylor but could not find a spot along the inside path and was parked in mid pack through fractions of :29.1 and :59.3 as Top Tuxedo and Michael Oosting led the way. Magic of Speed continued to bide his time and move up on the outside, following Hand Dover Dan and Doug Rideout to the lead.
At the top of the stretch, several horses broke stride and opened up space for Magic of Speed to continue his trek forward. The freshman gelding trotted home in :28.3 for the win by a half length over Fashion Hall and LeWayne Miller, who held their ground inside. Chief Ring Master and John DeLong finished third.
Magic of Speed was a bit of a longshot, paying $22.40 to win. He is owned by Gary Paddock and Taylor Racing LLC. Myron Nissley of Middlebury, Ind. bred the gelding, who was one of 61 sold at auction last fall from the first crop of Dover Dan. He was purchased for $10,000 out of the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale. He is now three for eight in his career with more than $15,000 accumulated for his connections.