11/15/2004 12:00AM

Aqueduct: Magoo's Magic wires Huntington


Magoo's Magic rebounded from a dismal New York debut in the Cowdin Stakes by leading every step of the way to take the $82,950 Huntington Stakes by 3 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct.

Storm Creek Rising chased Magoo's Magic around the track and finished second, one length ahead of Tani Maru, who encountered traffic trouble while finishing third.

Magoo's Magic, a son of Awesome Again, was moved by owner Martin Schwartz to trainer Allen Jerkens after he won his maiden by 3 1/2 lengths for trainer Bill White at Calder in September. In the Cowdin, Magoo's Magic dueled for the lead before finishing last, 20 1/2 lengths behind Flamenco.

Sunday, under Javier Castellano, Magoo's Magic roared out of the gate, set fractions of 22.35 seconds, 45.87, and 57.63, and covered six furlongs in 1:10.17. He returned $23.40 as the sixth choice in the field of nine.

"Better to be surprised than disappointed,'' said Jerkens, who had no plausible explanation for the colt's turnaround. "He started doing better. The rail was good. He busted right out of there.''

Jerkens, who won this race in 1996 with Kelly Kip, said Magoo's Magic would most likely not run again until the Gulfstream meet.