Macho Again destroys allowance field
Races cannot setup more perfectly for a horse than it did today for Macho Again who dominated an "a other than" allowance field at the Fair Grounds. Breaking from the far outside post in the six-furlong contest, Macho Again got away well and settled into sixth place early behind a crackling first quarter-mile in 21.4. Jockey Julien Leparoux kept Macho Again well out into the center of the track giving him a nudge at the three-eighths pole. Macho Again responded to his cue and began closing in on the leaders heading into the final turn. Macho Again drew less than three-lengths from the front after a half-mile in 46.1 before really finding an extra gear in the stretch. Under confident handling from jockey Julien Leparoux, Macho Again struck the front at the eighth-pole and drew away with every stride to win convincingly by over four-lengths.
Trainer Dallas Stewart said, "Julien Leparoux said it best when he said that was a perfect trip. The race unfolded exactly how we drew it up. Everything went perfectly. We got some pace to run at, and we had plenty of horse when Julien asked him to run. If I had to nitpick at anything, he was a little late changing leads in the stretch. However, some horses won't change leads right away when they go wide on the turn, and he was wide. He ran great."
A three-year-old son of Macho Uno, Macho again earned $24,000 for the win pushing his career earnings over $60,000. The victory also places Macho Again squareley in the Kentucky Derby prep picture. We will look at all the major prep races for possible opportunities for Macho Again's next start.