A.P. Magic Recovers from Injury
Photo: courtesy of Alphonso Bowe
A.P. Magic, a $2.3 million graduate of the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale, came back from an injury thought to be career-ending when he broke his maiden at Calder Race Course May 3.
Owned by Bathsheba and Alphonso Bowe, the son of A.P. Indy was purchased by Darley, but suffered a severe injury to his pastern before making it to the track. He was sold and retired as a stallion prospect until the injury healed and his excellent recovery caused his owners to consider racing him again.
The 4-year-old colt was brought back to light training in 2007 after Alphonso Bowe gave him a year off and multiple veterinarians gave him a clean bill of health. He made his first start--in which he finished fifth--at the end of that year.

"Every conceivable effort was made to ensure recovery was 100% before A.P. Magic came into training again," trainer Alan Benning said. "I trained him very carefully for six months to ensure all was well, and he has now raced on fast dirt, sloppy going, muddy going, and turf, with no repercussions at all. He is now ready to seriously move forward in his career."

Winless in his first four starts of 2008, A.P. Magic finally broke his maiden this spring when he took a 7 ½-furlong turf event in 1:28.30. A.P. Magic scored by a neck while making his first start on the turf and fifth overall for Benning, who got the 4-year-old colt at the end of 2007 after he started once for trainer Jorge Romero.

“He was sitting in second place and took over the lead, but he tends to idle once he gets to the front,” Benning said. “He does this all the time in training--he’ll let them come to him, and then he waits and goes. He has such an opinion of himself; he doesn’t think Secretariat could beat him.”

Bred in Kentucky by Racehorse Management out of the Storm Cat mare Magicalmysterycat, A.P. Magic has his connections thinking of Breeders’ Cup possibilities.

“Our plan is to run one more time in a relatively easy allowance race, then we’ll be seeking an upgrade to a stakes race,” Benning said. “Next, we’ll aim for a graded race. At this stage, we’ll keep him to a mile; I don’t want to go any further. He may be able to go a little further, but right now the mile is the distance we’re aiming at. We’re definitely thinking he could be Breeders’ Cup material, and he’s 110 percent sound, solid as a rock.”

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