Taking over from Hambletonian
winner Broad Bahn, who faded to last after an
opening quarter in :27.2, Daylon Magician, owned
and trained by David Lemon of Komoka, Ontario,
got to the half in a leisurely :57.1, then made
the three-quarters in 1:25.2.
From there, he wasn't threatened
down the lane, getting to the wire in 1:53, as
pocket-sitter Manofmanymissions tried to stay
with the winner but faded late to fourth while
going off-stride. A 31-1 longshot, Whatever It
Takes, came on for second, with Dejarmbro third.
The son of Kadabra,
who won this race in 2002, had been enjoying
much success in the Ontario Sires Stakes program
this year, winning a Gold final in August at
Flamboro and the Canadian Breeders final in July
But last week, he really
stepped up his game, taking on the sport's best
in his elimination, defeating the aforementioned
Broad Bahn by a neck. It was his first outing in
a month and he proved he was even fitter
Saturday night with his most important win yet,
his ninth victory in 11 starts this year and
"He's just a great horse,"
said Moiseyev, celebrating his first Canadian
Trotting Classic win. "He raced against the best
and proved he can go with them tonight. He
always throws a good race in. When I trained him
the first time for David, I just loved him right
"George's (Brennan) horse
(Broad Bahn) must have been no good because he
was pulling up at the half and I made the front
easy. Got away with cheap fractions and once he
gets away with cheap, he's not getting beat."
Daylon Magician, who went
postward the 3-1 second choice behind 9-5
Manofmanymissions, joined an illustrious group
of recent Classic winners, like Muscle
Hill (2009), Deweycheatumnhowe
(2008) and Donato Hanover
"We bred his mother (Daylon
Marvel), we had his grandmother, raced his
mother and now we've got the best one yet,"
recalled Lemon, who said he did more (media)
interviews this week than he has in his whole
life. "He wasn't eligible (for the Breeders
Crown, October 29 at Woodbine) but we said,
depending on how he did here, we might have to
"We thought maybe it was over
then (when Daylon Magician went to the front
before the half) because he was pretty sharp
tonight," continued Lemon. "He was off for four
weeks before the elimination and that race got
him tight. He really felt good tonight.
"Right from when he was a
yearling, before we even broke him, I thought he
was going to be good."
It was clearly not Broad
Bahn's night, but trainer Noel Daley said his
charge had a reason for his lacklustre effort..
"We ran some tests following
the race and after a while it was confirmed that
he has an irregular heart beat. That's what the
veterinarian said to us following the test
results," said Daley.
Daylon Magician, who earned
$500,000 for the victory, paid $8.90, $5.20 and
$4, combining with Whatever It Takes ($19.80,
$7.10) for a $294.30 (2-7) exactor. A 2-7-5
(Dejarmbro, $4) triactor was worth $1,100.50