Magic Hour Wires The Field in Hoosier Park Feature
Magic Hour showed no signs of intimidation in her debut amongst allowance company and at an unfamiliar distance, taking the early lead and never looking back en route to a 8 length victory in the $41,000 featured event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, Oct. 12. The three-year-old filly posted her second consecutive win after breaking her maiden by 3 ½ lengths over Hoosier Park’s surface on Sept. 14.
Magic Hour, under Marlon St. Julien, wasted little time getting control of the eight horse field, rushing out of the gate from post three and landing in the top spot early. Red Bean Ice Cream and Orlando Mojica also left the gate well, moving into second along with Martinis At Lunch and Malcolm Franklin between horses. Divine Hope and Fernando De La Cruz also joined the early chase from the inside in fourth.
As Red Bean Ice Cream and Martinis At Lunch sorted out positions heading down the backstretch, Magic Hour continued on task to lead the field through opening fractions of :24.58 and :48.21. The three-year-old Awesome Again filly put even more distance between herself and her opponents heading into the final turn. Red Bean Ice Cream and Martinis At Lunch began to drop back as Divine Hope began to make her bid at the leader heading into the stretch.
In the stretch, Magic Hour continued to roll home, opening up by three lengths and eventually eight. Magic Hour covered the 7 ½ furlong event in 1:30.27 over a track rated fast. Divine Hope and De La Cruz rallied for the second place finish as Red Bean Ice Cream and Mojica held on for the third place finish. Magic Hour returned $7.00 as the public’s second choice in the field of three-year-old fillies.
Owned and bred by Janis R. Witham, Magic Hour has now won two of her five career starts. The lightly raced filly has bankrolled over $50,000 in 2012. Magic Hour is trained by Ian Wilkes. The multiple Graded Stakes winning trainer is no stranger to Hoosier Park’s winner’s circle. Wilkes trained the 2012 Indiana Derby Winner, Neck’N Neck.
Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing action continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino through Oct. 27.