09/24/2016 10:57PM

Mines and Magic delivers as Dogwood favorite

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The 3-year-old filly Mines and Magic, with Robby Albarado aboard, wins her first stakes in the $100,000 Dogwood.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Mines and Magic burst through an opening at the top of the stretch and went on to hold off a late bid from Wonderment in posting her first stakes victory Saturday night in the 41st running of the $100,000 Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Sent away the favorite in a field of eight 3-year-old fillies, Mines and Magic returned $5.60 after finishing seven furlongs in 1:23.29 over a fast track.

After rating kindly following a sharp break, Mines and Magic was eased off the pace, then “punched through a little spot turning for home,” said winning jockey Robby Albarado. “She excelled after that.”

Wonderment, a 16-1 shot, charged hard in the final furlong but came up three-quarters of a length shy. Graces Treasure was third and One True Kiss was fourth.

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Mines and Magic is now 3 for 3 over the Churchill main track. The daughter of Mineshaft is owned by G. Watts Humphrey, who bred her in a partnership. Humphrey’s daughter, Vicki Oliver, trains Mines and Magic at their home track, Keeneland, where the filly likely will make her next start in the Grade 2 Raven Run on Oct. 22.

The $2 exacta (7-2) paid $96, the $1 trifecta (7-2-1) returned $454.40, and the 10-cent superfecta (7-2-1-4) was worth $178.65.

One race later, Paddys Day got a rail-scraping ride under Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel in a romping victory in the Grade 1, $100,000 President of the United Arab Emirates Cup for Arabians. The reigning Arabian Horse of the Year paid $3.20 as a heavy favorite in a field of nine after finishing 1 1/16 miles in 1:53.49.