Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bee A Magician Rallies to Capture $680,000 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bee A Magician Rallies to Capture $680,000 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack

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Bee A Magician wins Maple Leaf Trot

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CAMPBELLVILLE, Ont. - Bee A Magician ended a nine-year drought Saturday night at the $680,000 Maple Leaf Trot.

The five-year-old Ontario-bred daughter of Kadabra overtook 7/5 favourite Resolve in deep stretch to become the first mare to win this event since Peaceful Way in 2006. Bee A Magician earned her ninth win in 13 starts this season and 40th career victory.

Resolve, driven by Ake Svanstedt, took the lead in the final quarter mile and appeared headed to becoming just the third favourite to win the Maple Leaf Trot in the last 16 editions. But Bee A Magician, the 2/1 second pick with driver Brian Sears, reeled in Resolve to claim the victory in 1:52.3 over a fast track.

"We were following two of the best horses (Resolve and JL Cruze) and the trip worked out great," Sears said. "Ake's horse raced super, but she beat a stellar field and I'm very proud of her no doubt about it."

Svanstedt also finished second in last year's race as favoured Sebastian K was upset by Intimidate, a 47/1 longshot who was sixth Saturday night.

Bee A Magician won all 17 starts she made as a three-year-old to earn horse-of-the-year honours both in Canada and the U.S.

Natural Herbie, who beat Bee A Magician in last weekend's elimination race, was third in the 10-horse field. Sears opted to take his horse's elimination defeat in stride.

"She was off three or four weeks almost and she probably needed the race," he said. "She is usually pretty good fresh, but she wasn't that disappointing last week, but she got beat by a fresh horse."

Bee A Magician paid $6.20, $3.20 and $2.40 while Resolve returned $2.80 and $2.20. Natural Herbie paid $3.60.

Bee A Magician was the lone mare in the field and became the fifth female to win this race. She drew the No. 2 post for Saturday's event and Sears said his horse simply likes to run.

"She's just a great gaited filly that gets over the ground great and loves to race horses," he said. "She's all racehorse and just a pleasure to drive. …

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