Alberts wants to get Magic Weisner back on track

Horse Racing

July 01, 2004|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Trainer Nancy Alberts said she is attempting to get Magic Weisner back to the races after another setback in his effort to return to form.

The surprising runner-up in the 2002 Preakness and third-place finisher in the Belmont Stakes is recovering on Alberts' Carroll County farm after a "wild animal bit him on the leg and got it infected," according to Alberts. "If anything can happen to a horse, it seems to happen to him."

Magic Weisner is still suffering from difficulty in his back side after contracting a case of West Nile Virus that nearly killed him. In his previous race last July at Laurel, he finished last in a $36,000 non-stakes race, 21 1/4 lengths back.

"That was my mistake," said the trainer. "He just wasn't right, wasn't ready to run. And his back end still doesn't look 100 percent."

Alberts said the horse was doing well at Laurel, working five-eighths of a mile in 1 minute, 1 second, before she was forced to move him because of construction on the track. She said she will take him to Pimlico for a workout as soon as advisable.

A return to competition is unlikely until late summer or fall.

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