West Point Ready for Whitney With Macho Again
The "little grey horse that could," Macho Again is set to take on six challengers in Saturday's Whitney Handicap at Saratoga. Macho has been training superbly, and we are all very excited for Whitney Day. The race has been our primary target since March, and we are not coming to the races on Saturday just to look pretty and soak up the Saratoga sun.
His accomplishments speak for themselves. So far this year he has won both the G2 New Orleans Handicap and the G1 Stephen Foster Handicap. In the June 13th Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs, our four-year-old grey colt by Macho Uno sat off the pace through most of the race and made a giant move at the top of stretch to win by a length. We beat some of the best handicap horses in the country including Asiatic Boy and Einstein that day. Our colt may not be the most consistent competitor, but he has a knack for giving a huge performance on the biggest stages. "Macho" is West Point's third Whitney starter, and we are hoping the third time's the charm.
With a hot pace early and a bit of racing luck, Macho Again and jockey Robby Albarado will be flying late. Luck is a huge part of our sport. The best horse wins on any given day because of luck. We were the best horse in the Stephen Foster, and we hope we are the best horse on Saturday. The pace scenario looks favorable for our grey colt. The plan is to let him break, settle, and come flying late.
Trainer Dallas Stewart has done a superb job with this colt. He knows his ins and outs and never makes excuses when we don't get the job done. Macho Again has truly flourished at Saratoga. His last work was his best ever. He looks phenomenal and we owe it to Dallas and his team.
In 18 starts, Macho Again has carried the West Point silks into the winner's circle six times. He is West Point's richest runner, with earnings just shy of $1.5 million.
We drew post 4 of 7. The Whitney is race 10 with a post time of 5:47 EDT