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Bee A Magician U.S. Horse Of The Year

Published: February 23, 2014 10:45 pm ET

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It was the perfect ending to a perfect season for Bee A Magician.

The female trotter was named 2013 Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association at the Dan Patch Awards banquet on Sunday night at Dover Downs. Bee A Magician, who was unbeaten in 17 races last season at age three and earned a divisional record $1.54 million (U.S.), bested pacers Foiled Again and Captaintreacherous for the honour.

Bee A Magician became the first three-year-old filly trotter to receive the Horse of the Year Award since Continentalvictory in 1996. She got 94 votes, followed by Foiled Again with 19 and Captaintreacherous with 16.

In addition, Bee A Magician was named Trotter of the Year by a 120-vote margin over both Market Share and Royalty For Life, who received three votes apiece.

Although Foiled Again received more support for Horse of the Year, Captaintreacherous got the nod for Pacer of the Year, 68-57. Captaintreacherous, who won 13 of 16 races and $2.05 million last season as a three-year-old, became the first horse to win back-to-back Pacer of the Year honours since Jennas Beach Boy in 1995-96. He joined Niatross as the only horses to accomplish the feat at ages two and three.

Winners of divisional honours also were recognized at the banquet: Father Patrick (two-year-old male trotter), Shake It Cerry (two-year-old female trotter), Hes Watching (two-year-old male pacer), Precocious Beauty (two-year-old female pacer), Royalty For Life (three-year-old male trotter), Bee A Magician (three-year-old female trotter), Captaintreacherous (three-year-old male pacer), I Luv The Nitelife (three-year-old female pacer), Market Share (older male trotter), Maven (older female trotter), Foiled Again (older male pacer) and Anndrovette (older female pacer).

Bee A Magician, Father Patrick and Maven were unanimous picks for divisional titles. Captaintreacherous, Foiled Again, Market Share, and Anndrovette were repeat winners.

Trained by Richard “Nifty” Norman and driven by Brian Sears for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee, Bee A Magician’s wins included the Breeders Crown for three-year-old filly trotters, Hambletonian Oaks, Elegantimage Stakes, and Delvin Miller Memorial.

Her $1.54 million in purses were the most ever for a three-year-old filly trotter, breaking the record of $1.17 million set by Continentalvictory in 1996, and her winning time of 1:51 in the Miller Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack is the fastest mile ever by a three-year-old filly trotter.

Bee A Magician joined Muscle Hill and Syrinx Hanover as the only trotters to go unbeaten at age three and receive divisional honours dating back to 1975.

Captaintreacherous’ wins last year included the Breeders Crown for three-year-old male pacers, North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Max Hempt Memorial, Cane Pace and American-National Stakes.

Trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Tim Tetrick for the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group, he joined Rocknroll Hanover and Gallo Blue Chip as the only horses to win the Breeders Crown, North America Cup, and Meadowlands Pace in the same season.

Father Patrick, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group, won 10 of 11 races and $744,057. His victories included the Breeders Crown for two-year-old male trotters, the William Wellwood Memorial, and the Peter Haughton Memorial.

He finished the campaign with a nine-race winning streak and was unbeaten in stakes competition. He set the world record of 1:52.1 for a two-year-old male trotter on a five-eighths-mile track in winning his Breeders Crown elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Shake It Cerry, trained by Takter and driven by Ron Pierce for the Solveig’s Racing Partners ownership group, captured eight of 11 starts and earned $827,769. Her triumphs included the Breeders Crown for two-year-old filly trotters, Goldsmith Maid, and Merrie Annabelle.

Hes Watching was undefeated in eight starts last year, including the New York Sire Stakes Championship, and equalled the world record of 1:52.2 for two-year-old colt pacers on a half-mile track. He is owned by trainer David Menary, Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero and was driven primarily by Jim Morrill Jr.

Precocious Beauty won seven of 11 races, including the Shes A Great Lady Stakes, and $446,692 for trainer Gregg McNair, driver Doug McNair and owner Jim Avritt Sr.

Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life won seven of 14 starts and $1.27 million for trainer George Ducharme, driver Brian Sears, and owners Al Ross, Ray “Chip” Campbell Jr. and Paul Fontaine. He also won the Canadian Trotting Classic.

I Luv The Nitelife won 13 of 15 races and $1.25 million for trainer Chris Ryder, driver Tetrick and owners Richard and Joanne Young. Her victories included the Breeders Crown for three-year-old filly pacers, Fan Hanover Stakes and Valley Forge (in a world record 1:48.4 mile).

Market Share, who was a four-year-old in 2013, also took divisional honours at age three. Last year, he won six of 14 races and earned $1.07 million for trainer Linda Toscano, driver Tetrick and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stables, and William Augustine. He finished the season by winning the Breeders Crown Open Trot, American-National Stakes, and TVG Free For All Series Championship.

Maven won 10 of 14 races and earned $509,220 for trainer Jonas Czernyson, driver Gingras and owner Bill Donovan. Her wins included the Breeders Crown for older female trotters, Armbro Flight Stakes, and Miss Versatility Series championship. She trotted the fastest race mile ever on a half-mile track in winning the Miss Versatility in 1:51.4 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio.

Foiled Again, who last season at age nine became the oldest horse to ever win a Breeders Crown and the richest North American harness racing horse in history, was named the sport’s best older male pacer for the third consecutive year. He joined Rambling Willie (1975-77) as the only horses to win the division’s top honour three straight seasons.

Trained by Ron Burke and driven primarily by Gingras for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and JJK Stables, Foiled Again won 11 of 29 races in 2013 and earned $1.40 million. He is the oldest horse to ever have a million-dollar season.

Anndrovette also became a three-time divisional champion. She joined Eternal Camnation (2001-03) and Shady Daisy (1992-94) as the only older female pacers to accomplish the feat. Anndrovette won seven of 21 races and $558,201 for trainer P.J. Fraley, driver Tetrick and owners Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino. Her victories included the Roses Are Red Stakes.

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Bee A Magician
Kadabra – Beehive – Balanced Image
Breeder: White Birch Farm.
Owners: Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee.
Trainer: Richard “Nifty” Norman. Drivers: Rick Zeron, Brian Sears.
Races: 17-17-0-0. Purses: $1.54 million. Mark: 1:51 at Meadowlands (world record).
Top wins: $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $356,981 Elegantimage.


Somebeachsomewhere – Worldly Treasure – Artsplace
Breeder: White Birch Farm.
Owner: Captaintreacherous Racing.
Trainer: Tony Alagna. Driver: Tim Tetrick.
Races: 16-13-2-0. Purses: $2.05 million. Mark: 1:47.1 at Red Mile.
Top wins: $980,000 North America Cup; $635,750 Meadowlands Pace; $500,000 Breeders Crown.

Father Patrick
Cantab Hall – Gala Dream – Enjoy Lavec
Breeder: Brittany Farms.
Owner: Father Patrick Stable.
Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras.
Races: 11-10-1-0. Purses: $744,057. Mark: 1:52.1 at Pocono Downs (world record).
Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $354,050 Wellwood Memorial; $280,500 Haughton Memorial.

Shake It Cerry
Donato Hanover – Solveig – Yankee Glide
Breeder: Solveig’s Breeders.
Owner: Solveig’s Racing Partners.
Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Ron Pierce.
Races: 11-8-2-0. Purses: $827,769. Mark: 1:53.3 at Meadowlands.
Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $456,150 Goldsmith Maid; $321,700 Merrie Annabelle.

Hes Watching
American Ideal – Baberhood – Real Desire
Breeders: Brittany Farms, Robert Burgess, Karin Olsson Burgess.
Owners: David Menary, Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero.
Trainer: David Menary. Driver: Jim Morrill Jr.
Races: 8-8-0-0. Purses: $291,722. Mark: 1:50 at Tioga Downs.
Top win: $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final.

Precocious Beauty
Art Major – Precious Beauty – Jate Lobell
Breeder: James Avritt Sr.
Owner: James Avritt Sr.
Trainer: Gregg McNair. Driver: Doug McNair.
Races: 11-7-3-0. Purses: $446,692. Mark: 1:50.1 at Red Mile (world record).
Top win: $428,450 She’s A Great Lady.

Royalty For Life
RC Royalty – Bourbon N Grits – Donerail
Breeder: Al Ross.
Owners: Al Ross, Ray “Chip” Campbell Jr., Paul Fontaine.
Trainer: George Ducharme. Driver: Brian Sears.
Races: 14-7-2-0. Purses: $1.27 million. Mark: Q1:51.3 at Meadowlands.
Top wins: $1 million Hambletonian; $665,420 Canadian Trotting Classic; $294,000 Dancer Memorial.

I Luv The Nitelife
Rocknroll Hanover – Lisjune – Camluck
Breeders: MJG Racing Stables, Louis “Andy” Willinger.
Owners: Richard and Joanne Young.
Trainer: Chris Ryder. Driver: Tim Tetrick.
Races: 15-13-1-1. Purses: $1.25 million. Mark: 1:48.4 at Pocono Downs (world record).
Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $384,044 Fan Hanover; $350,000 Valley Forge.

Market Share
Revenue S – Classical Flirt – Yankee Glide
Breeder: Hayley Moore.
Owners: Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable, William Augustine.
Trainer: Linda Toscano. Driver: Tim Tetrick.
Races: 14-6-1-5. Purses: $1.07 million. Mark: Q1:50.3 at Meadowlands.
Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $526,710 Maple Leaf; $500,000 TVG Free For All Championship.

Glidemaster – M Stewart – American Winner
Breeder: All La Nuova Sbarra S.r.l.
Owner: Bill Donovan.
Trainer: Jonas Czernyson. Driver: Yannick Gingras.
Races: 14-10-2-0. Purses: $509,220. Mark: 1:51.4 at Delaware County Fairgrounds (world record).
Top wins: $266,041 Armbro Flight; $250,000 Breeders Crown.

Foiled Again
Dragon Again – In A Safe Place – Artsplace
Breeder: Barbara Matthews.
Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables.
Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Yannick Gingras.
Races: 29-11-6-7. Purses: $1.40 million. Mark: 1:48 at Pocono Downs (world record).
Top wins: $512,000 TVG Free For All Championship; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Ben Franklin.

Riverboat King – Easy Miss – Big Towner
Breeder: Golden Touch Stable.
Owner: Bamond Racing, Joseph Davino.
Trainer: P.J. Fraley. Driver: Tim Tetrick.
Races: 21-7-7-4. Purses: $558,201. Mark: 1:48 at Mohawk.
Top win: $313,795 Roses Are Red.

This story courtesy of Harness Racing Communications, a division of the U.S. Trotting Association. For more information, visit

February 24, 2014 - 7:41 pmWell done to the connections

Jim Brown SAID...

Well done to the connections of Bee A Magician. Looking forward to 2014, to this great now four year old, breaking her world record. Looks possible, but it will be a shocker to see a trotting mare go 1:50.

Also equally as exciting is the return of the three and four year old pacing colts from last year, breaking the 1:46.4 mark, and for racing fans, 2014, it looks very possible for these marks to fall.

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