07/09/2012 8:10AM

Pleasanton: Anytime Magic makes it 2 for 2 in the Everett Nevin-Alameda County Futurity


Trainer Bob Hess gave jockey David Lopez a Plan A and a Plan B for Anytime Magic in Sunday’s $57,450 Everett Nevin-Alameda County Futurity at Pleasanton, Calif. Plan A was enough.

“Plan A was: If he breaks good, then go,” said Hess. “Plan B was: iI he didn’t, then wait for a spot to make a run and then go.”

Anytime Magic, who drew the rail in the 5½-furlong stakes face for 2-year-olds, broke sharply and scored his second stakes victory, winning in wire-to-wire style.

Anytime Magic was just a head in front of Native Treasure through the opening quarter and extended the margin at each call, winning by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:04.43. Native Treasure was the runner-up just as he was against Anytime Magic in the Lost in the Fog at Golden Gate Fields. K Court was third. Anytime Magic paid $6.40 to win.

Hess paid $30,000 for the Fusaichi Pegasus gelding at last September's Keeneland sale. Two starts and two stakes victories later, Anytime Magic has earned $63,150 for Hess and co-owners James Eaton and Darrell Landry.

“I still think he will be a better horse if you don’t have to use him that much early,” said Hess. “He broke good. Now it’s just a matter of how good he can be.”

Hess said the Cavonnier at Santa Rosa is the next likely race for Anytime Magic.