It was quite a first weekend in May for the Evelyn Benoit’s Brittlyn Stable Inc. They first won the $60,000 Equine Sales Oaks at Evangeline Downs on Friday with Bermuda Star, which also gave Brittlyn stallion Star Guitar his first stakes winner, and then they doubled down on that by winning the $60,000 Equine Sales Derby with Magic Vow on Saturday night. Magic Vow earned a convincing 4-3/4 length victory in a final time of 1:46.04 for the 1 1/16 miles over a fast track.
Magic Vow settled in at the rail in the early stages as a 45-1 longshot They Call Me Seb and the 3-5 favorite Sheer Mayhem dueled through early fractions of 24.19 seconds for the quarter-mile and 48.97 for the half-mile. Magic Vow continued to make steady progress on the rail and overtook Sheer Mayhem at the top of the stretch and drew away to win easily. Paddy O’Lionel also rallied up the inside to take second and Cash First rallied from last early on to finish third.
Magic Vow returned $7.60 to win, $3.80 to place and $3.20 to show. Paddy O’Lionel paid $4.80 to place and $4.00 to show, while Cash First paid $7.20 to show.
Magic Vow was bred in Louisiana by J. Adcock, Allen Landry is the trainer and Kerwin Clark was the winning rider on Saturday night. The 3-year-old gelding is by Private Vow and out of the Broad Brush mare, Whitewashed.
Magic Vow sold for just $6,000 from Red River Farm to Champion Racing Stables at the 2015 Equine Sales Company Yearling Sale. The gelding has since earned $181,900, including a win in last year’s Louisiana Legacy Stakes at Delta Downs.
The Equine Sales Derby is for graduates of any Equine Sales Company auction or those from the 2015 Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana yearling sale. This year’s Equine Sales Company 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale is set for Tuesday.