2017 Champion Two-Year-Old Male
Multiple grade 1-winning champion Good Magic has been retired and will stand at John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms near Lexington, Ky., the farm announced Sept. 24. The son of leading sire Curlin was trained throughout his career by Chad Brown for the co-ownership group of e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables.
“Good Magic is a fantastic addition to our stallion roster. It is rare indeed for a champion 2-year-old to retain his grade 1 form at 3, which was witnessed by Good Magic’s narrow defeat by superhorse Justify in the Kentucky Derby,” said Sikura, president of Hill ‘n’ Dale, in a statement. “We sold Good Magic for breeder Stonestreet for $1 million as a yearling, and he was a beautiful horse. I remember him as medium-sized, a great mover, and completely correct. Valiant, supremely talented, and by Curlin, breeders will love him.”
Good Magic finished second in his debut at Saratoga but showed he belonged among the best with a second in the Champagne Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. He completed his juvenile year with a 4 1/4-length romp in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Del Mar, and in doing so was named Eclipse champion 2-year-old male.
A winner of three $1 million dollar races in his career, Good Magic’s 3-year-old campaign confirmed him as one of the leading runners of his generation. On the road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), Good Magic placed in the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth (G2) in his sophomore debut followed by a victory at Keeneland in the historic Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2). Second to undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify in the Derby, Good Magic later captured the second grade 1 of his career with an impressive 3-length win in the betfair.com Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1).
Brown said of the colt, “Good Magic showed incredible talent and durability as I put him through the most demanding campaign of any horse I’ve ever trained. He’s an extremely rare colt and should make a top stallion.”
“Good Magic is the embodiment of the breeding philosophy we have at Stonestreet,” said Barbara Banke, owner of Stonestreet. “We are proud to stand a champion son of our two-time Horse of the Year Curlin.”
Good Magic retired with a record of 3-3-1 from nine starts and career earnings of $2,945,000.
In his first year at stud, Good Magic was represented by 4 graded stakes winners led by G1 Champagne Stakes winner and TDN Rising Star Blazing Sevens. The success of Good Magic’s progeny warranted a stud fee increase to $50,000 from $30,000 for 2023.
Like his champion sire, Good Magic was represented by a classic winner in his first crop when lightly raced Mage stormed to victory in the G1 Kentucky Derby. The victory rocketed Good Magic to the top of the second crop sire list, surpassing old rivals Bolt d’Oro and Justify.