05/08/2016 1:33PM

Meadowlands: Bee A Magician inherits Elitlopp Playoff win after Resolve is disqualified

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Representatives from Solvalla (right) present the trophy and Elitlopp invitation to Bee A Magician's co-owner David McDuffee

Bee A Magician was placed the winner of Sunday afternoon's $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff at the Meadowlands after original winner Resolve was placed ninth due to going inside three pylons off the final turn and into the upper stretch.  By virtue of her victory, Bee A Magician's connections received an invitation to race her in the Elitlopp on May 29 at Sweden's Solvalla Racecourse.

Resolve (Ake Svanstedt) hustled away from post four to grab the lead before the 27 2/5 opening quarter with favored JL Cruze (John Campbell) in the pocket from post one.  Campbell brought JL Cruze to the outside to try and get the lead in the backstretch, but he was stretched out by Resolve and Svanstedt all the way to the 54 3/5 half.

After JL Cruze cleared Gural Hanover (Yannick Gingras) came first-over out of fourth with Bee A Magician (Brian Sears) behind him, but Resolve came out of the pocket ahead of both of them and regained the top spot over JL Cruze before the 1:23.1 three-quarters.

Svanstedt brought Resolve back to the inside after he made his way back to the lead, and while doing so he noticeably went inside the pylons.  Resolve still thundered away from the field, though, reaching the finish line four lengths ahead of Bee A Magician in 1:51 2/5.

The judges' inquiry light came on after the race, and after examining the video, the decision was made to place Resolve ninth for leaving the course and gaining an unfair advantage.  That elevated Bee A Magician to first, Gural Hanover to second, and Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) to third.

"Resolve went a tremendous mile.  It was very unfortunate for him to get placed like that," noted Sears.  "My mare, we got a really nice trip.  I think she was probably a little soft her second start back.  I was pleased with her effort.  Fortunate to be standing here in the winner's circle."

Bee A Magician, a 6-year-old Kadabra mare, is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman for owners Mel Hartman, David McDuffee, and Herb Liverman of Ontario and Florida.  This was her 43rd career win, and the winner's share of the purse sent her lifetime earnings over the $3.8 million mark.

"This is a lot to think about.  I'm sure we'll have a board of directors meeting and talk it all over," McDuffee said about the chance to compete in the Elitlopp.  "It would be a great honor to go.  I have two other partners, so they've got equal say.  We'll have to all sit down and think about it."

The Meadowlands noted in their post-race press release that Resolve received an Elitlopp invitation as well despite his disqualification from today's race.

Later on the card, the $25,000 open handicap pace was won by defending Breeders Crown Open Pace champion Always B Miki (Dave Miller) in 1:49 1/5.

Making the second start of his 5-year-old campaign, Always B Miki was unchallenged through panels of 27 4/5, 55, and 1:22 1/5 en route to the win.  McArdles Lightning (Andy Miller) followed from the pocket and ended up second, beaten about three lengths, and Doctor Butch (Tim Tetrick) was up for third.

Trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Bluewood Stable, Christina Takter, and Roll The Dice Stable of New Jersey and Delaware, it was the 19th career victory for the millionaire son of Always A Virgin.