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Magic Weisner retired

Grade 2 winner MAGIC WEISNER (Ameri Valay) has been retired, owner/breeder/trainer Nancy Alberts announced on Saturday. The bay gelding finished second by only three parts of a length in the 2002 Preakness S. (G1) before going on to fill that same position in the Haskell Invitational H. (G1).

"I decided a couple weeks ago when I worked him against this filly in the 2ND race (Rudy's Dee Dee [Ameri Valay]), the slowest filly in my barn and she whipped him from the gate," Alberts said. "And he tried. He just didn't have the power in the hind-end to push off."

Magic Weisner rallied from far back to finish second to War Emblem in the Preakness and returned to run fourth in the Belmont S. (G1). He then captured the Ohio Derby (G2) and found himself in a familiar position behind War Emblem at the wire of the Haskell, but came down with the West Nile virus while preparing for the Pennsylvania Derby (G3).

"He looks fine but the West Nile virus just damaged all the nerves," Alberts said. "I am sure he'll be able to have another profession. He's at the farm, just trying to get the fitness out of him. I've had a couple people contact me about making him a dressage horse. He is a beautiful mover and sound and loves to do anything."

The veteran six-year-old also captured the Maryland Juvenile Champion S., Deputed Testamony S., Goss L. Stryker S. and Private Terms S. during his career and retires with a line of 15-7-4-0, $888,830.

Magic Weisner's juvenile full brother, Old Julio, is about ready to start training.


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