11/10/2013 1:33AM

Balmoral: Bee A Magician, Captaintreacherous victorious in American National

Balmoral Park
Bee A Magician has yet to lose in 16 starts this year.

Harness Racing’s elite equine performers turned out in spades at Balmoral Park on Saturday night for the American National series and the top horses in the sport – Bee A Magician and Captaintreacherous – did not disappoint.

Bee A Magician had to settle for a momentary tuck in fourth before brushing to the top past the opening quarter in 28 2/5. Normally the race would be over at that point, but Frau Blucher was unleashed by driver Ron Pierce and charged to the top well before the half in 56 2/5.

The pace continued to be somewhat slow for this class of trotters with a 1:26 2/5 three-quarter time despite Handover Belle applying some first-over pressure.

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There were some anxious moments in the stretch, as driver Brian Sears had to wait for room along the pylons with Bee A Magician. But the path opened up halfway down the lane and she scooted through to win easily in 1:55 2/5 over a closing Andie Sophia and Handover Belle.

“She was comfortable until the last eighth,” said Sears on having to keep his filly poised in the pocket. “She was ready to go and looking for room,” continued Sears, who admitted that Bee A Magician is the best filly he has ever driven.

The Melvin Hartman, Al Liverman and David McDuffee owned Bee A Magician improved her unblemished record to 16-for-16 this year. The sophomore trotting filly picked up $59,250 for her efforts and increased her career bankroll to $2,185,086 under the care of “Nifty” Norman.

She is expected to make her final start of the year in the Moni Maker at the Meadowlands on November 30.

Bee A Magician’s main rival in the Horse of the Year battle – Captaintreacherous – kept pace in his $256,000 American National split for 3-year-old pacers.

Word Power charged off the gate to the front in 27 1/5. After a break in stride by fellow leaver Eddie Sweat, Captaintreacherous was sent to command by Tim Tetrick. They posted a kind half mile fraction of 55 2/5 as Lucan Hanover came to call on the rim.

Captaintreacherous and Lucan Hanover went nose-to-nose around the final turn and past three quarters in 1:22 3/5. The war would continue into and through the stretch with neither giving an inch until the very late stages of the mile.

In the end, Captaintreacherous, perhaps assisted by reasonable fractions, refused to lose and dug in over his game competitor in 1:49. Wake Up Peter was third.

“He scares the crap out of me all the time,” said Tetrick about another in a series of close finishes by his charge.

Trainer Tony Alagna was clearly humbled in the winner’s circle, coming back to his hometown with such a good horse. “When I first started out this is a horse I dreamed of having,” he said.

Captaintreacherous picked up his 13th win in 15 starts for Captaintreacherous Racing. The victory pushed his yearly earnings over the two million mark to $2,065,273.

His connections are leaning towards starting him on November 30 in the $500,000 TVG Free-For-All final at the Meadowlands to finish off his year. The start would be his first against older horses.