12/23/2012 7:39PM

Sunland Park: Show Some Magic takes advantage of class relief in Allison Futurity

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Show Some Magic holds off Stormdriver to win the Riley Allison Futurity at Sunland Park.

Show Some Magic got away from some of the division heavies and that did the trick as the son of Any Given Saturday captured Sunday’s $106,000 Riley Allison Futurity at Sunland Park.

Owned by J. Kirk and Judy Robison and previously trained by Steve Asmussen, the 2-year-old colt ran fifth in the Grade 2 Hopeful at Saratoga, sixth in the Jean Lafitte at Delta Downs, and ninth in the Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot.

On Sunday, making his first start for trainer Henry Dominguez and ridden by Miguel Hernandez, Show Some Magic stalked the pace, came with a strong run on the far turn to grab the lead, and gamely rebuffed a challenge from longshot Stormdriver to prevail by a length.

Stormdriver, an invader from Turf Paradise, lagged back, came with a strong run into the lane to confront the winner, but couldn‘t quite keep pace late. His rider, Ry Eikleberry, did lodge an objection against the winner for bearing out in the lane, but it was denied.

Stoneridge Gold, another Phoenix raider, ran on for third, but was no threat to the top two in the field reduced to eight after a couple scratches.

Show Some Magic ran the mile in 1:38.19 and paid $4.60 as the heavy favorite. The winner’s share of $63,000 gives him earnings of $162,110 from two wins in eight starts.

The Riley Allison Futurity is a traditional prep for Sunland’s top 3-year-old races, the Mine That Bird Derby on Feb. 23 (formerly the Borderland) and the Grade 3 Sunland Park Derby on March 24.