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Macho Again Runs 2nd in Grade 1 Whitney

August 09, 2009 · By · Share  

He was off the screen for most of the race. At the top of the stretch when we finally saw him getting into gear carrying the black and gold silks we knew we were in for a thriller. We were heard from the backside cheering and screaming to get him home. So close. Just missed.

Macho Again ran a tremendous race to finish second in the Whitney Handicap (G1) on Saturday at Saratoga.  He was bumped shortly after the break but then settled into stride under jockey Robby Albarado. A contentious speed duel developed and Macho raced far behind the leaders for five furlongs.  By the far turn the colt began to pick up the pace, and by the top of the stretch he was flying. He swung five wide and closed steadily on the winner, Bullsbay, losing by just over a length.

Trainer Dallas Stewart was very pleased with the effort. "What an awesome horse. We have a lot of good races left with him. The winner had an inside trip, and we were forced wide.  Nonetheless, I am very proud of him.  He's proven he's one of the top handicap horses. He earned a 105 Beyer in the race."

Jockey Robby Albarado said, "We were far back early but I knew the pace was fast. I could have gone inside.  They were daring me to take the rail, but I know this horse likes to make a sweeping move.  The winner got first run, and Commentator came out a bit in the stretch to try and intimidate me.  We still almost got up. Next time."

Macho Again earned $150,000 for the runner-up effort, bringing his career earnings to over $1.6 million. He now has six wins and five seconds from 19 starts.

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