Mr. Fantasy Dominant in Debut
Fantasy-land Win for Colt
Over the last few years, horses like Funny Cide and Commentator have become the most famous equine stars produced as a result of the thoroughbred breeding program in the state of New York. The hopes are high that Mr. Fantasy might someday be added to that list after his dominating performance today at Aqueduct. Mr. Fantasy showed he is certainly one to watch moving forward through the spring and summer on the New York racing circuit.
The two-year-old son of E Dubai broke well, and was immediately put close to the lead by jockey Alan Garcia. He sat just outside the pacesetter through an opening quarter of :21.77, and then turning for home, just glided to the lead. Turning for home, under the very confident handling of Garcia, Mr. Fantasy quickly left his opponents in his wake en route to the comfortable victory. The official margin was ten-and-a-half lengths, but it appeared as though it could have been twice that number had he been asked for his best. Mr. Fantasy stopped the timer in a very impressive final time of 1:10.51 for the six furlong event.
Kiaran McLaughlin's assistant Artie Magnusson was obviously thrilled with the colt's performance. "He was just terrific today. We've thought very highly of him all along, but today he was even better than we expected." Magnusson continued, "we'll check him out when he gets back to the barn, and then begin thinking about our next steps with him. I'm glad he's in our barn, and not someone else's because he's obviously very talented."
His rider, Alan Garcia, was also excited about Mr. Fantasy's performance. "He was just awesome! I hardly did a thing today, he just carried me around the track. I shook him up turning for home and he just took off like a rocket. He's a really really nice colt."
For his win, Mr. Fantasy earned $24,600 and immediately thrust himself to the top of the New York two-year-old division.