Horse Racing

'Callaloo' the difference

Trainer Anthony Nunes credits jockey Wesley Henry for magical turnaround

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Friday, August 18, 2017



“I have to give a lot of credit to Wesley [Henry] because he always wanted me to put him (Houdini's Magic) in front, and I have always been telling him to hold him up and let him run late,” trainer Anthony Nunes said as he lauded the man known to all racegoers as “Callaloo” for the change in the racing fortunes of Houdini's Magic.

After winning the seven-furlong (1,400m) Eros Trophy in a front-running effort, Houdini's Magic, who throughout his racing career has become known for coming from off the pace, again led from start to finish in a dominating performance in the top-rated Open Allowance event over seven and a half furlongs (1,500m) last Saturday.

“The performance on Saturday by Houdini's Magic was excellent…I mean 1:31.3 with 126 lb (57.0kgs) is nothing to scoff at.

Houdini's Magic wants to sprint over middle distances. He really doesn't want to stay anymore, especially as he gets older, so we will more than likely keep him at distances from a mile down,” Nunes said while laying out the future for his charge.

Owner Derrick Brandt doesn't want to get too far ahead of himself but said after Houdini's Magic's commanding victory that his horse should be a live contender in December's ultra-rich Diamond Mile, which was officially launched on Tuesday.

“Obviously this horse is coming on very good and “Callaloo” (Wesley Henry) knows him. If he can stay this way, he must can be a force to be reckoned with in the Diamond Mile. Last year he came third and this year I am expecting him to do better,” Brandt said.

Nunes shared the same view.

“Well, the Diamond Mile is still a long way off but I mean you have great horses like Seeking My Dream and She's A Maneater to contend with, plus others. Houdini's Magic ran third last year in the Diamond Mile and he is a more matured and better horse this year and so you will never know,” Nunes said.

Houdini's Magic ( Performing MagicMilestone) broke cleanly and immediately went in front under a snug wrap from Henry. At no point during the race was Houdini's Magic ever challenged, winning comfortably by over three lengths.

“In his last start, when we had Bigdaddykool in the race, it was perfect for us to try it [going to the lead] as we had nothing to lose and he won easily. So in this race, I said let's not change anything, and he won again. All the credit to Wesley for making that suggestion and making it work,” Nunes said.

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