07/27/2013 10:51PM

Meadowlands: Bee A Magician looms as the heavy favorite in Hambletonian Oaks Final

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Derick Giwner
Bee A Magician will step on the track as the heavy favorite in the Hambletonian Oaks on August 3.

Bee A Magician was the star attraction on Hambletonian Oaks elimination night and she did not disappoint her fans. The Richard “Nifty” Norman trainee cruised to an easy victory and captured the first of two elims on the Saturday card.

Frau Blucher floated away from the gate and secured the front just past the first call in 28 2/5. Her reign on the top was brief, as Bee A Magician was asked to retake by driver Brian Sears before the half in 56 1/5.

The action remained stagnant until midway on the final turn when Ma Chere Hall pulled from fourth and Handover Belle began to edge off the cones.

Three quarters went in 1:24 2/5 with Bee A Magician well in control. The daughter of Kadabra-Beehive edged away from her foes to win by two lengths at the wire under a few taps of the Sears whip, stopping the clock in 1:53 3/5. Ma Chere Hall gained steadily for second and Frau Blucher held off Handover Belle for third. Fashion Athena was far from the leaders but finished fifth and qualified for the $500,000 final on August 3.

“We were not trying to set any records, just get around the track safe,” said Sears on the effort.

Bee A Magician is now perfect on the season in eight starts and will go into the Oaks final as the prohibitive favorite.

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The second elimination was much more contentious. Coffeecake Hanover was fast off the gate but eventually yielded well past the 27 4/5 opening quarter to Classic Martine. That one clocked a half in 55 4/5 before feeling heavy pressure from To Dream On around the final turn.

To Dream On poked her nose in front by three quarters in 1:24 3/5, but Mistery Woman and driver David Miller were hot on her heels following the live cover and eventually bursting to the front and scoring a 1:53 victory.

Classic Martine came back to be second over To Dream On. Coffeecake Hanover and Time To Kill rounded out the finalists.

“It looks like she is coming into herself right now,” said trainer Jonas Czernyson on her chances in the final.

For Mistery Woman, it was her second win in seven starts this year.

Also on the card where a pair of 3-year-old open races for Hambletonian hopeful trotters.

Corky set slow fractions of 28 3/5, 57 3/5, 1:26 3/5 in a wire to wire 1:54 3/5 score by a head over E L Rocket. Banco Solo tucked and was an even third. All Laid Out was steady in the stretch and also seems pointed to the Hambletonian.

High Bridge brushed to the lead before the half and fended off a first-over challenge from Smilin Eli (who eventually ducked in the pocket)  to capture his Open division in 1:54 3/5. Wheeling N Dealin followed cover and rallied nicely for second over Smilin Eli.

Eliminations were also contested for the U.S. Pacing Championship. Sweet Lou took charge early and won his split in 1:49 1/5. Bolt The Duer, who was locked in, A Rocknroll Dance, Modern Legend and Thinking Out Loud all made the final.

The second elimination went to Warrawee Needy in 1:48 2/5 over a slow Meadowlands surface on Saturday. Warrawee Needy was locked in for most of the stretch but found a late seam and nailed Golden Receiver at the wire. Foiled Again, Hurrikane Kingcole and Pet Rock also made the final.

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