JockeyJose L. Ortiz
Ownere Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables LLC
BreederStonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC
DamGlinda the Good
Of 23,000 foals born in North America in 2015, Good Magic is arguably the second best. The son of 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Hall of Famer Curlin never runs a bad race, although he was overshadowed earlier this year by the recently retired Triple Crown winner Justify.
On July 29, last year’s Eclipse Award champion two-year-old flaunted his superiority and took back the lead in the 3-year-old division when he cruised to victory in the Haskell Invitational Stakes at Monmouth Park, gaining an automatic berth into the Classic through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series.
“He put everything together today,” trainer Chad Brown said immediately after the Haskell. “He showed his ability, his agility and his class. It’s not easy to win these races.”
The flashy chestnut will feel at home for the Classic after becoming acquainted with Churchill Downs when he was runner-up in the Kentucky Derby as part of his glitzy resume that includes victories in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year at Del Mar and Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.
Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables bred Good Magic, sold him to e Five Racing Thoroughbreds for $1-million at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale and subsequently bought back in. Stonestreet has campaigned a long list of superior horses including the aforementioned Curlin. E Five began operations in the summer of 2015 and had virtually instant success with such standouts as New Money Honey, winner of the 2016 Juvenile Fillies Turf. The stable is headed by Bob Edwards and Cassidy Edwards.
"Good Magic has always been first class and one of those rare horses that was gorgeous as a foal, weanling, yearling and 2-year-old,” Banke said in January. “A very intelligent horse, he never shied away from anything we introduced him to. He’s an exceptional mover and he looks a lot like his sire.”
Good Magic’s name is a nod to his mother, Glinda the Good, a witch character in The Wizard of Oz.