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Macho Again Taking Dead Aim On Clark Handicap (G2)

November 24, 2009 · By · Share This Friday's $400,000 Clark Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs could be the storybook ending to a banner year for a certain little grey horse. Let's take a look at his 2009 resume:

 1st Stephen Foster Handicap (G1)

1st New Orleans Handicap (G2)

2nd Woodward Handicap (G1)

2nd Whitney Handicap (G1))


That little grey horse is Macho Again. He is looking to add the Clark to this already impressive list of accomplishments.  Macho Again beat some of the best older horses in the country in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Chuchill Downs in June. He then came back this past summer at Saratoga to narrowly miss in the Whitney to the talented Bullsbay and made our hearts pound in his gutsy second to the Horse Of The Year candidate and super filly Rachel Alexandra.  

Macho Again worked an excellent five furlongs on November 20 at Churchill Downs in 1:01.20 in preparation for the Clark. He has been training fantastically since his fourth place finish the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) on October 3.

Trainer Dallas Stewart is thrilled with how Macho is coming into the race. "I think Macho will run big. He has been training so well. He had a bit of a cough that caused us to miss the Breeders' Cup, but that is all cleared up. There wasn't a lot of pace in the Jockey Club, so I think we were compromised a bit. He loves this track."

Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds is high on Macho Again's chances."Macho Again has proven he is one of the top older horses in the country. This year he has really blossomed and become more consistent. We are very excited about our chances in the Clark."

Macho Again drew post 2 of 14 in Friday's race. Regular pilot Robby Albarado will be aboard. Post time for the Clark Handicap is scheduled for 4:29 EST.

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