Multiple Grade 1 winning Champion Good Magic has been retired and will stand at John Sikura's Hill ‘n' Dale Farms in Lexington, Kentucky. The son of leading sire Curlin was trained throughout his career by Chad Brown for the co-ownership group of e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables.
“Good Magic is a fantastic addition to our stallion roster. It is rare indeed for a Champion 2 year old to retain his Grade 1 form at 3, which was witnessed by Good Magic's narrow defeat by super horse Justify in the Kentucky Derby (G1). We sold Good Magic for breeder Stonestreet for $1,000,000 as a yearling and he was a beautiful horse. I remember him as medium sized, a great mover and completely correct. Valiant, supremely talented and by Curlin, breeders will love him,” said John G. Sikura, President of Hill ‘n' Dale.
Good Magic's juvenile campaign was nothing short of magical, having placed in the Champagne (G1) at Belmont, prior to serving notice of his talent with a resounding 4 1/4 length romp in the $2 Million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar which led to his being named Eclipse Champion Two Year Old Male.
A winner of three $1 million dollar races in his career, Good Magic's three year old campaign confirmed him as one of the leading runners of his generation. On the road to the Kentucky Derby, Good Magic placed in the Fountain of Youth (G2) in his three year old debut followed by a victory at Keeneland in the historic Blue Grass Stakes (G2). Second to undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify in the Derby, Good Magic captured the second Grade 1 of his career with an impressive 3-length win in the $1 Million Grade 1 Haskell Invitational. Subsequent to the race the DRF proclaimed “Good Magic inherited the top spot among active 3-year-olds when Triple Crown winner Justify was retired this week. On Sunday at Monmouth Park, he proved he deserves that ranking with an authoritative victory at Monmouth.
Trainer Chad Brown said of the colt, “Good Magic showed incredible talent and durability as I put him through the most demanding campaign of any horse I've ever trained. He's an extremely rare colt and should make a top stallion.”
“It is a bittersweet day,” said co-owner Bob Edwards. “Good Magic had a tremendous effect on my family, friends, our racing connections and his fans. His heart and determination were second to none. Good Magic was a consummate professional throughout his racing career. My family and I look forward to seeing his offspring race at the highest level,” added Edwards.
“Good Magic is the embodiment of the breeding philosophy we have at Stonestreet. We are proud to stand a Champion son of our Two-Time Horse of the Year Curlin,” said co-owner and breeder Barbara Banke.
Good Magic retires with a record of 9-3-3-1 with career earnings of $2,945,000 and will stand for a fee of $35,000.
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