08/03/2012 1:34PM

Del Mar: Best Pal a pivotal race for Scherer Magic

Shigeki Kikkawa
Sunday's Best Pal will help determine whether Scherer Magic will focus on sprints or routes for the rest of his 2-year-old campaign.

DEL MAR, Calif. – The first objective after Scherer Magic won the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 14 was to invest in the gelding’s future.

Owners Gary and Cecil Barber nominated Scherer Magic to the Breeders’ Cup program for $12,000, with the hope that he can start in one of the juvenile races at Santa Anita on Nov. 2-3.

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The $150,000 Best Pal Stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar on Sunday may determine what kind of campaign best suits Scherer Magic in coming months – sprints or routes.

Scherer Magic is unbeaten in two starts and will be favored in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes. He will be ridden by the red-hot Joe Talamo, who won five races on Thursday.

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By Doneraile Court, Scherer Magic was claimed for $50,000 from his debut on June 14, the day he won a five-furlong sprint for maidens by an easy 7 1/4 lengths. Trainer John Sadler claimed Scherer Magic after seeing a strong series of works and reading reports on the workouts.

“We went off the works, which we thought we’re good,” Sadler said. “A lot of it is intuition. I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I was going with my gut.”

Judging from the way Scherer Magic won his stakes debut in the six-furlong Hollywood Juvenile, the claim could be a bargain. The gelding was fourth early and closed well to win by 2 1/2 lengths.

The patient style of the win, combined with recent workouts conducted in the same fashion, has left Sadler believing that longer races are within Scherer Magic’s range.

“I thought he could be a good sprinter, but when we’ve kept him behind horses he’s showed a new dimension,” he said. “The other day in his work, he worked behind one of mine and another jumped in, and he went well behind horses.

“If the pace is slow, he’ll have a trouble-free trip.”

Scherer Magic is expected to have a pace to follow from Amarish, who won the Willard Proctor Stakes in June but was sixth in the Hollywood Juvenile. The Best Pal has three stakes winners, including the filly Miss Empire, who won the Cinderella Stakes at Hollywood Park on June 16.

Trainer Peter Miller has a strong team of 2-year-old fillies this summer and has entered Miss Empire and the maiden winner Heir Kitty in the Best Pal. Miss Empire is co-owned by the Barbers.

Amarish was 2-5 in the Hollywood Juvenile, but faded in the final furlong after fighting for the lead.

“He wound up on the fence,” trainer Jeff Bonde said. “That week that was not the place to be.”

For the Best Pal Stakes, Amarish has drawn post 6 in a field of eight, giving Bonde more confidence. After the Juvenile Championship, Bonde was reluctant to commit Amarish to the Best Pal. He changed his mind after watching the gelding train in recent weeks.

“He kept his weight well and he seems eager,” Bonde said. “I wouldn’t run if I didn’t think he could win.”


Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
This article is kinda peculiar. Don't see many trainers claiming a 2 yr old off workouts. That's why we have training sales. Just sounds like somebody spilled the beans.
Ultimatehorselover More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I am not expecting a whole lot from Amarish after his last race. Say what you want, but I think he was a quickly over-hyped two year old. Scherer Magic seems like a good colt, but he seems to favor slower paced races. It might not work to his benefit if the pace of the race is fast.
Mooch J More than 1 year ago
I don't see any other speed signed on. 7/2 on the morning line seems generous
John More than 1 year ago
Wish Heir of Storm hadn't drawn the rail, interesting that this horse doesn't run on lasix.
Ultimatehorselover More than 1 year ago
Know More is also not going to be on lasix, lets see how not running on lasix affects these two...
Mark More than 1 year ago
Horrible ending to Friday's last race at DelMar as that poor horse Elivette lost her life on the track while that PIG Bejarano returned unscathed. A terrible shame on both counts.
Tiny Montgomery More than 1 year ago
You are one sick human. I don't think Bejarano ever even hit the horse one time, he kept the horse up and prevented a bad situation from escalating. I mean REALLY, you wish he would have been hurt or even killed? Can anyone else taste the bile?
. More than 1 year ago
I have tasted, a bit bitter
Mark More than 1 year ago
Prevented a bad situation? The horse was euthanized on the track, you pea-brainied IDIOT. I care far more about that poor horse then I do about Bejarano who probably didn't lose a wink of sleep over it and I'd feel a whole lot better if some of the pain the horse experienced could be transferred over to him. Now go screw yourself.
John More than 1 year ago
Just out of curiosity what exactly did Bejarano do, in your opinion, to break this horse down?
Tiny Montgomery More than 1 year ago
Nobody feels good about this, including Bejarano. I've seen the replay half a dozen times now, his quick reaction prevented what could have been an even bigger tragedy, from occurring. Obviously your hatred of Bejarano goes back a lot further then this race. I don't know what your problem is but I do know you have one. Seek professional help, you need it.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Should be a great race.....See it's not about reading every article only in search of something to complain about. For those inerested in only the negative, might I suggest the The Rogr Whine Shoe...Oops I mean Roger Stein Show.
Keith Strouhal More than 1 year ago
3rd start for a 2 yr. is pivotal , really ? whatever Go look at Real Quites pp.s
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
What does that have to do with anything? That was one horse a looooooong time ago.