Macho Again Rolls Home to Take G2 New Orleans Handicap
Big Gray Surpasses $1 Million in Career Earnings with Second G2 Win
The line of naysayers and doubters had grown longer. They called him a fluke, said he would never win another race and once again he proved them wrong. Macho Again showed the racing world that on his best day he is among the top horses in the country with a thrilling come-from-behind win in the G2 $500,000 New Orleans Handicap at the Fair Grounds.
With the win, Macho scored the second G2 race of his career and in the process, surpassed the $1 Million dollar mark in career earnings.
Coming off his troubled trip in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park, trainer Dallas Stewart had originally planned to run his big gray in an allowance race at the Fair Grounds in hopes of getting Macho some confidence. "I was hoping to run him in that spot, but it didn't go, so we decided to just go on with it and point him for the New Orleans," said Stewart.
After breaking on top, Macho was immediately placed near the back of the pack by jockey Robby Albarado. He had only one horse beat through the first three-quarters, but around the far turn, Macho came to life. Picking off horses one-by-one, Macho Again was rolling on the outside as they turned for home. After a lengthy stretch drive with Secret Getaway, Macho finally inched clear to score the victory.
"I told Robby before the race, take him back and just keep him in the clear. Let him make one run and let's see what happens," said Stewart. The trainer's advice turned out to be perfect as the son of Macho Uno made a huge run around the turn and continued it throughout the stretch for the win.
"Robby has been working him in the mornings and apparently the two of them get along pretty well," the exuberant trainer joked after the race.
For the win, the four-year-old colt earned $300,000 and has now earned just over 1.075 million for his career. It was the fifth career victory for Macho and his second in a G2 event.