Good Magic’s place as one of the top performers from Stonestreet Farm’s breeding and racing programs was set over the course of two high-level seasons on the track, and now he’s working toward creating the next generation of top Stonestreet grads.
The first foals by Good Magic are 2-year-olds of 2022, and they have propelled the son of Curlin to the upper echelon among North American freshman sires by progeny earnings, winners, and stakes winners.
Among those winners was Blazing Sevens, who won on debut at Saratoga Race Course by an effortless 6 1/4 lengths on July 24.
A win at the prestigious Saratoga meet is big for any stallion, but it means a little more for a freshman sire whose reputation is being written in real time. Few spotlights are brighter than the figurative one over the Saratoga winner’s circle.
“Saratoga is the toughest place to win a 2-year-old race in North America,” said Stonestreet bloodstock adviser John Moynihan. “If you win on any level in these maiden races, most of these horses come out and they’re pretty good horses down the road. Some of the ones that have run second, that’s a good sign, because they’re going to run good the next time out.”
Through Aug. 11, Good Magic has been represented by seven winners, which ties him for third among freshman sires.
His success has come at points across the country. In addition to Saratoga, his winners have come at locales including Churchill Downs, Santa Anita Park, and Los Alamitos Race Course.
Good Magic’s first stakes winner came at Pleasanton on July 9, when Vegas Magic parlayed an impressive debut score at Santa Anita to a deep-closing score in the Everett Nevin Stakes. The filly then became the stallion’s first graded stakes winner on Aug. 13 when she took the G2 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar.
As the champion 2-year-old male and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner of 2017, it’s not surprising that Good Magic can get a quick-starting juvenile. What makes it particularly notable, as Moynihan explained, is that Good Magic played against the perception of what a son of Curlin can do on the racetrack.
“A lot of times, people think of Curlin as getting classic-type horses, but Good Magic was a champion 2-year-old, and he seems to be getting stock that are a lot like himself, and we’re really excited about that,” he said.
“He gets a more precocious-looking horse than his father does,” Moynihan continued. “Good Magic himself has a lot of natural muscle, a lot of natural tone, and a lot of his offspring have the same characteristics.”
Good Magic is an accurate reproduction of his sire at the end of the shank, but Stonestreet owner Barbara Banke said the son offers a slightly different type for breeders than his Hall of Fame sire.
“I think Good Magic is a little lighter and maybe a bit more precocious than Curlin was,” she said. “Curlin took time to grow into himself, so he didn’t really start until age three.”
Good Magic, who raced as a homebred for Stonestreet in partnership with e Five Racing, started fast with a runner-up effort in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes, followed up by a 4 1/4-length triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile that secured him the Eclipse Award.
He maintained that form at three, starting in the spring with a score in the G2 Blue Grass Stakes. That effort secured him a place in the 2018 Kentucky Derby, where he finished second behind eventual Triple Crown winner Justify. That summer, Good Magic landed another signature victory in the G1 Haskell Invitational Stakes.
Good Magic’s sustained form at the top of the sport made Moynihan see nothing but blue sky when it came to the sweet spot for the stallion’s runners.
“Good Magic himself could run effectively going six furlongs, although he never did, other than his maiden race,” Moynihan said. “He could go from six furlongs to a mile and a quarter. It’s wide open. I think you can get an early, precocious horse that you can expect to be as good as a 3-year-old as they were as a 2-year-old, or maybe even better, just because of the pedigree of Curlin and Smart Strike. Those just tend to get better with age.”
Good Magic’s success stretches back to the very foundation of the Stonestreet breeding operation.
Shortly after the late Jess Jackson purchased Stonestreet Farm, Magical Flash became one of the initial purchases by the new owner that became the foundation of the broodmare band, dropping the hammer for $140,000.
A winning runner and a veteran broodmare at the time of her purchase, Magical Flash was crossed with Hard Spun to produce the filly Glinda the Good. As a homebred for the Stonestreet operation, Glinda the Good became a two-time stakes winner and Grade 2-placed runner. She was sent to Curlin for her second mating, which ultimately produced Good Magic.
Good Magic stands at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Paris, Ky. He has four horses cataloged for the upcoming Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Yearling Sale.
“If you want a very balanced, precocious, fast horse with a good mind, look for Good Magic,” Banke said.