07/11/2013 10:29AM

Meadowlands: Perfect record on the line for Bee A Magician in Del Miller

Derick Giwner
Bee A Magician has 16 wins in 19 career starts.

Trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman didn’t mince his words.

“She’s the best horse I’ve ever had,” Norman said of Bee A Magician, unbeaten in six starts as a three-year-old and favored to capture Saturday’s $265,500 Del Miller Memorial at the Meadowlands.

For Norman who trains 40-head, Bee A Magician has been the model of consistency since she stepped on the track as a two-year-old. The daughter of Kadabra has been dominant in Ontario this spring and early summer, and her trainer believes she’s ready to set foot on the East Rutherford soil.

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“I think she’ll get over the Meadowlands fine,” said Norman. “I think Brian (driver Sears) will get along with her.”

What’s not clear is whether any in the 11-filly field can match Bee A Magician’s speed or willingness to win a race.

Bee A Magician won 10 of 13 races as a two-year-old, finishing third from well back as the favorite in the Breeders Crown.

Norman didn’t try to fix what wasn’t broken as a two-year-old and has been rewarded with a healthy filly on the right track towards the August 3rd Hambletonian Oaks.

“I would say she’s more mature physically and mentally this year,” said Norman. “We’ve had to put her on the front more this year because she’s been such an overwhelming favorite in some of her races, but she’s handled it very well.”

Norman did train last year’s Hambletonian Oaks winner Personal Style. That filly finished third behind the outstanding Check Me Out in last year’s Miller Memorial.

The difference this year is that Norman has the best filly in the division as the calendar rolls around to the major event on the first Saturday in August.

Bee A Magician will renew her rivalry with last year’s division winner To Dream On. The two did battle in the Elegantimage earlier this year at Mohawk with Bee A Magician dominating. To Dream On regained winning form last week in the Reynolds Stake at the Meadowlands beating a small field in 1:54. It was her first win of the season in four starts. Yannick Gingras has the driving assignment from post seven behind To Dream On.

Bee A Magician is not the only filly in the field with an unblemished record in 2013. Frau Blucher has been tearing it up in Pennsylvania for trainer Chris Oakes. The daughter of Broadway Hall is four-for-four with a 1:52 3/5 mark taken at Mohegan Sun at Pocono on June 19. She drew post five with regular pilot Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike.

The improving Ma Chere Hall, a filly from the first crop of Deweycheatumhnowe, showed grit capturing a division of the Reynolds in 1:52 4/5 for trainer Jonas Czernyson and driver Corey Callahan on July 5. The pair will start from post three in the Miller.

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Bee A Magician will stay in New Jersey through the Hambletonian Oaks and then return to compete in Ontario. Norman sounded as if he has high expectations for her two-year-old half sister Dynamite Honey.

“She was a lot more tricky than Bee A Magician training down,” said Norman, “But I think she’s come around and could be a good one.” Dynamite Honey, a filly from the first crop of Explosive Matter, gets her first test on Saturday morning at the Meadowlands in a baby race.

Norman has another Explosive Matter-sired juvenile filly that has shown much potential. Struck By Lindy captured her first stakes start last Friday in the Pennsylvania All Stars at Mohegan Sun at Pocono in 1:56 4/5.

The Del Miller is carded as race five on the Meadowlands program with an approximate post time of 8:45 pm.