O’Brien Selects Pegasus Turf For ‘Very Consistent’ Magic Wand

by | 01.07.2020 | 5:37pm
Magic Wand at Churchill Downs in 2018

Coolmore's Magic Wand was invited to both the Pegasus World Cup and the Pegasus Turf by The Stronach Group, but trainer Aidan O'Brien told racingpost.com that the 5-year-old mare will target the $1 million turf race rather than the $3 million dirt contest. The daughter of Galileo ran second in last year's edition of the Pegasus Turf, defeated only by future Breeders' Cup Turf winner Bricks and Mortar.

This year's Pegasus is scheduled for January 25 at Gulfstream Park.

“The plan is to send her to Gulfstream for the same race she ran second in last year,” O'Brien told racingpost.com on Monday. “She's done plenty of travelling and has been very consistent.”

After kicking off her 2019 campaign with her second-place finish in the inaugural Pegasus Turf, Magic Wand returned in March to finish fifth in the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic. She then returned to the U.S. to be third in the G1 Man o' War, followed by a pair of runner-up efforts in the listed Wolferton at Ascot and the G1 Pretty Polly at the Curragh. Back to North America for the Arlington Million, Magic Wand was second again to Bricks and Mortar.

In the G1 Irish Champion Stakes she finished second to Magical, then shipped to Australia to run fourth in the G1 Cox Plate. She won the G1 Mackinnon Stakes down under, then was beaten just a short head in the G1 Hong Kong Cup.

Overall, Magic Wand has a record of 3-8-2 from 22 starts for earnings of $4,146,829.

Read more at racingpost.com.

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