The 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile was supposed to the ascension of the heavily favored Bolt d’Oro, who many had pegged as the next great racehorse of this generation. However, that coronation will have to wait. For now, Good Magic is the horse to watch after winning the most prestigious race for two-year-olds in the world championships.
Good Magic was on the radar heading in to the race, but was more of an afterthought with an 8/1 morning line that increased to 11/1 by the start of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The Curlin Colt was well behind on the board compared to Bolt d’Oro who went off as the gargantuan 3/5 favorite.
Solimini led the entire way alongside US Navy Flag, who faded as the race heated up. Good Magic had sat in third for much of the endeavor and the unleashed a display of speed many didn’t expect. He wore down Solimini early on in the homestretch, and Bolt d’Oro got going far too late after being caught on the outside for almost the whole 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Good Magic war worth $25.00, $9.40 and $5.60 with the staggering performance. Solimini returned $8.40 and $4.40 in second. Bolt d’Oro placed third with a $2.60 return.
Trainer Chad Brown received worthy praise from Good Magic’s owners. “Chad did a remarkable job of getting this horse here with great confidence,” said Barbara Banke of Stonestreet Stables. “He did have to talk us into this a little bit because he came in second in his last start but he said he thought he would improve and like more distance.”
Givemeaminit, The Tabulator, Hollywood Star and Firenze Fire rounded out the top seven.
The 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile results were obviously sour for Bolt d’Oro’s handlers who thought they had the best horse in the race. They probably did, but being pushed wide on both turns was a poor strategic play. “I guess he just wasn’t ready to run today,” said Mick Ruis, who trains and owns Bolt d’Oro. “He never had good position because he was so far outside. But we don’t make any excuses. We got beat by a better horse.”
Whether Good Magic has the stuff to become a Triple Crown champion will be seen as we barrel down the long stretch of prep races. Bolt d’Oro will also be in the mix to say the least. This rivalry has only just begun.