Originally published by Maryland Jockey Club - Oct. 23, 2021
Bell Gable Stable LLC’s Somekindofmagician seems to be getting better with age, evident by his gutsy nose victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Maryland Million Turf over Johng.
The 7-year-old gelded son of Street Magician came driving down the stretch under jockey Angel Cruz to win by a nose, registering his third victory in his last four starts for trainer Gary Contessa. He covered the 1 1/8-mile course in 1:49.
“I’ve always thought when you want an older horse to peak you have to keep him happy, and this horse is a happy horse,” Contessa said. “We just figured out what he likes and what he doesn’t like and we’ve tried to keep him on the straight and narrow with the things that he likes and he’s just delivered. And in my career I’ve had many horses like him, turf horses, who get good at six, seven and eight years old. He’s had the year of his life this year.”
Cruz said Somekindofmagician was a “little rank in the beginning,” but down the backstretch the 7-year-old settled while Ravens Delight set fractions of :23.90 and :48.31 while favored Cannon’s Roar was rated just off the leader. But Cruz gained ground entering the final turn and moved four-wide entering the stretch. It was Cannon’s Roar, Johng and Somekindofmagician noses apart coming to the wire before Somekindofmagician stuck his nose in front at the wire.
“What I thought was my nose was down on the wire,” Cruz said. “It was a good race, and it worked out good for me.”