all that magic stays perfect on grass in monmouth stake

 By Dick Jerardi

All That Magic was on Greg and Kate DeMasi list at the April 2021 OBS Sale. But she wasn’t a Pa. Bred and they had already gotten the horses they had planned on getting.

“Greg does his homework,” DeMasi said. “He watches every tape and he’s a student of pedigree. He usually sends me to Ocala with a list in mind of the horses that he thinks will be in the price range that we’re looking for. Invariably, we look at horses that are way over our price range.”

Turned out All That Magic came in under their price range so they bought her too for $40,000.

The filly did not make her debut until mid-December of her 3-year-old season. She won her first race in a maiden $25,000 claimer at Penn National. Her Beyer Speed Figures never got out of the 50s in her first four starts.

Her next four starts all on grass? Win, win big, win bigger, win the $100,000 Incredible Revenge Stakes last Sunday at Monmouth Park.

“Trying her on the turf this year was a total fluke,” Kate DeMasi said.

Races for her on dirt weren’t going so DeMasi said: “why don’t we just put her in this (grass) race? If it comes off, we’re going to look good.’’

It did not come off and they looked really good. All That Magic wired the field in $40,000 claimer at Monmouth and got a 74 Beyer.

“As I’m watching the race unfold, I’m saying: what the heck,”  DeMasi said. “She just dominated that day. So I’m like, I guess she likes the turf.”

That would be it for claiming races and dirt races. All That Magic won by 5 lengths at Penn National, getting a 90 Beyer. Then, she won by 6 lengths at Monmouth, getting a 94 Beyer.

All That Magic is by Fast Anna, who was second to the wonderful Pa. Bred Favorite Tale in the 2014 Gallant Bob Stakes at Parx. Her dam, Hermione’s Magic, raced 20 years and has had three foals that have won more than $200,000, But none of them ever did anything like All That Magic is doing.

“She’s been a real sweet surprise,” DeMasi said.

She was no surprise to the bettors last Sunday. Late money poured in to make her 4-5 against the terrific grass mare Train to Artemus (7 wins in 12 grass races). It was those two in a virtual match race, with All That Magic always in front, Train to Artemus always threatening.

It really looked like Train to Artemus was going by the last 100 yards, but she never did, All That Magic finding a way.

“It was really nice to get that black type for a filly,” DeMasi said. “She always looked the part, but she kept making me wait because she was physically a big, heavy filly and she was heavy on herself.”

There is a stake at Pimlico in her future. And potentially more stakes after that for a 4-year-old filly with just eight lifetime starts owned in partnership by the DeMasi’s Pewter Stable and Spedale Family Racing.

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