BY BROCK SHERIDAN
Florida-bred All That Magic extended her winning streak to four with a nose victory ahead of Train to Artemus in the $100,000 Incredible Revenge at Monmouth Park Sunday. Trained by Kathleen DeMasi for Pewter Stable and Spedale Family Racing LLC, All That Magic sprinted to victory in the Incredible Revenge against seven other fillies and mares, 3-years-old and older, who went five-and-a-half-furlongs on the turf.
With jockey Nik Juarez aboard, All That Magic broke a step slow but quickly assumed the lead with Train to Artemus just off her outside hip through the first quarter mile in :21.95. Around the turn, those two put four lengths on Florida-bred Magic Moonstar in third. All That Magic pulled away for a clear lead turning for home, but Train to Artemus would not surrender. Train to Artemus surged at All That Magic approaching the wire but came up just short as they finished in 1:03.37 on the firm turf. Can’t Buy Love was three quarters of a length farther back in third followed by Florida-bred Baby Steps in fourth. Roselba, Florida-bred Magic Moonstar, Captainsdaughter and Florida-bred Band Sweetheart completed the order of finish.
All That Magic paid $3.60 as the 4-5 favorite.
“This is the first time she broke slowly in the four starts I have ridden her,” Juarez said of All That Magic. “I wanted her on the lead. I was a little worried when she wasn’t on the lead immediately and she wasn’t as comfortable as she usually is. I had to use her early to get the lead. But she’s a talented filly.”
DeMasi said she was also concerned about the slow start.
“Once I saw the break I was like `oh, that’s not good,’” DeMasi said. “I saw she was being a little fussy at the gate. The [assistant starters] did a great job getting her straightened out. She didn’t break as sharply as she could have but Nik Juarez did a great job of getting her where she needed to be. She recovered well enough.
“She didn’t get a breather, but I thought to win this race she had to be in front of Train to Artemus. I was a little concerned that horse was right on her hip the whole way and started thinking `okay, I’ll take second money.’ But she dug in so gamely.”
All That Magic began her streak when switched to the turf for the first time on June 9 at Monmouth Park, going wire-to-wire against $40,000 claiming fillies and mares at five furlongs. DeMasi then shipped All That Magic to Penn National for her next start on June 28 and she dominated first level allowance fillies at the same distance, winning by five lengths. In her last start on July 28, she again defeated first-level allowance fillies and mares at five furlongs on the turf, this time winning by six lengths after returning to Monmouth Park.
“She’s just amazing,” DeMasi said. “I wasn’t really worried about the added [half-furlong] because she has been drawing away in her wins lately. My biggest concern was having just nine days rest. But she is just very good right now.”
Juarez said he too was impressed with All That Magic off the quick turnaround.
“To do this again nine days later with a horse [Train to Artemus] hounding her the entire way really shows how impressive this was. It felt like a rushed pace for us. So for her to be able to throw it down in the lane and hold on, says a lot about her class on the grass.”
All That Magic has now won five of eight career starts with a second and third and the $60,000 first-place check increased her earnings to $150,391.
All That Magic is by Fast Anna out of Hermione’s Magic, by Forest Wildcat and she was bred by English Range Farm. She is a two-time graduate of Ocala Breeders’ Sales having first gone through the auction ring at the 2020 October Yearling Sale when she was consigned by Summerfield but did not meet her reserve. She then sold for $40,000 to her current owners at the 2021 OBS Spring Sale where she was consigned by Envision Equine.
All That Magic is the first stakes-winner for graded stakes-placed Hermione’s Magic, who was third in Ashado’s Grade 2 Schuylerville in 2003. Hermione’s Magic has 11 starters and 10 winners from 15 foals including an unraced 2-year-old colt, Sniper Jack, by Army Mule and an unnamed yearling colt by Army Mule, both also bred in Florida by English Range Farm. Sniper Jack sold for $145,000 to Karen McCleave at this year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Spring Sale from the Envision Equine consignment and is currently in training at Woodbine.