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All That Magic, 3-For-3 On Grass, Stepping Up To Stakes Company For DeMasi In Sunday’s Incredible Revenge Stakes

August 04, 2023

When veteran trainer Kathleen Demasi couldn’t find a dirt race for All That Magic in June she decided to try the 4-year-old filly in a turf sprint instead, not knowing what the results would be.

In her first time on the grass, All That Magic won a $40,000 claimer at five furlongs at Monmouth Park on June 9.

“The rest,” said DeMasi, “is in her past performances.”

Now 3-for-3 sprinting on the turf, and 2-for-2 on Monmouth Park’s grass course, All That Magic will step up to stakes company for the first time in Sunday’s $100,000 Incredible Revenge Stakes.

The Incredible Revenge, at 5½ furlongs on the grass for fillies and mares, 3 and up, headlines a 10-race card.

“It’s exciting,” said DeMasi, whose last stakes win came with Winning Time in the Pennsylvania Nursey Stakes last Nov. 29 at Parx. “She has to go 5½ furlongs on the grass, which she hasn’t done yet, but with the way she ran her last race the added distance doesn’t bother me.”

While the Kelly Breen-trained Train to Artemus looms as the horse to beat, having won two stakes turf sprints at Monmouth Park already this year, All That Magic’s last two performances suggest a readiness for stakes company. She followed her winning turf debut with a five-length romp against first level allowance company at five furlongs on the grass at Penn National on June 28, then dominated with a six-length score in allowance company going five furlongs on the turf at Monmouth Park on July 28.

Two starts back she recorded a career-best 90 Beyer Speed Figure, then surpassed that with a 95 Beyer in her last start.

“If you look at her on paper she looks like she fits in this field,” said DeMasi. “She seems like she is getting better and better. We’re taking a shot with her in a stakes race but there are not a lot of options and we know she likes Monmouth Park’s course.

“It’s a little quick coming back but she came out of her last race well enough to try this.”

Owned by Pewter Stable and Spedale Family Racing, the Florida-bred All That Magic was purchased for $40,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in Training 2021.

She has a 4-1-1 line for seven career starts, having banked $90,391 – almost all of it this year. She raced just once as a 2-year-old.

“She was big as a baby and needed time to come around,” said Demasi, who is 4-for-25 at Monmouth Park this year and 47-for-194 overall, with her runners competing on the Mid-Atlantic circuit. “She has been a fun filly. We had to give her a lot of time. She was a little immature at 2, which is why we gave her as much time as we did.”

All That Magic, a daughter of Fast Anna-Hermione’s Magic by Forest Wildcat, will face eight rivals in the Incredible Revenge Stakes.

“She has a nice turn of foot,” said DeMasi, who began training in 1984 and has more than 1,700 wins. “As far as knowing if she had turf ability I think she has a little grass breeding on her dam side – but not enough to get excited about.

“As we have found out, she’s a different horse on the grass.”