11/24/2012 6:40PM

Woodbine: Magic Broomstick rallies to win Bessarabian

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Michael Burns
Magic Broomstick, with Emma Wilson riding, takes the Bessarabian.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Magic Broomstick ($9.60) closed strongly under Emma Wilson to take the $153,400 Bessarabian Stakes over a sharp Wyomia at Woodbine Saturday.

With a cold wind at her back, Silent Serenity set honest fractions in the seven-furlong sprint for the fillies and mares. Magic Broomstick bided her time in sixth on the backstretch, and commenced a five-wide rally on the turn before overtaking Wyomia late to score by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:22.29.

Atlantic Hurricane, the 2-1 favorite, finished another neck back in third, after altering course around rivals early in the lane. Actionontwo and Forest Uproar were scratched, reducing the field size to nine.

The Grade 3 Bessarabian was the third consecutive stakes triumph for Magic Broomstick, who banked $90,000 for Sam-Son Farm and trainer Malcolm Pierce. According to Sam-Son's Michael Balaz, it was the 6-year-old mare's final start.

"She'll be going to Kentucky to be bred," said Balaz. "The ideal of this year was to get some stakes wins, which she more than did. She'll be a wonderful addition to our broodmare band."