Magnificent Mags was the 11th winner from ANCHOR DOWN’s first crop on Saturday to give the stallion a win percentage of 50% winners to runners – one of the best percentages of any second crop sire and the highest in Kentucky.
Racing over six furlongs on the Aqueduct dirt, the Gainesway-bred filly was happy to race in the pack just behind the runaway leader and bide her time under Manny Franco. Professionally angling through a hole at the top of the stretch, the filly had the lead in just a matter of strides and raced away from there.
Given a hand ride in the final sixteenth, her lead was cut into by the second place runner with that horse finishing 3 ¼ lengths behind but she was the only runner within 5 ½ lengths of Magnificent Mags at the end.
Trained by Wayne Potts for Joseph Graci, Magnificent Mags is the first foal out of Danceinthemoment, a half-sister to two stakes performers. They are just a few in a long line of successful runners with Danceinthemoment a granddaughter of Canadian Horse of the Year Dance Smartly.
That Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner is also the dam of Canadian champion Dancethruthedawn and Queen’s Plate winner Scatter The Gold with her descendants also producing Grade 1 winners Moreno and Say The Word and Grade 2 winner Rideforthecause.
Dance Smartly is also a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and champion sire Smart Strike and Grade 1 winner Full Of Wonder. Magnificent Mags’ family also includes Canadian champions Hello Seattle and El Tormenta.
Danceinthemoment has a yearling colt by TAPWRIT and was bred back to the Belmont Stakes (G1) winner in 2020.