Macho Again Returns In Alysheba Stakes
The "little grey horse that could," Macho Again returns to action on Kentucky Oaks Day in the $150,000 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs. The Alysheba is Macho's first start of 2010, as he embarks on a campaign that hopefully lands him in the Breeders' Cup Classic in October. His 2009 provided us with much excitement. He captured the New Orleans Handicap (G2) last winter at Fair Grounds before scoring his first grade one in the Stephen Foster Handicap in June. He then narrowly missed in the Whitney Handicap before coming within inches of beating Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. As a three-year-old, Macho Again captured the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) and Derby Trial. He was second in both the Preakness (G1) and Super Derby (G2). A solid performance in the Alysheba will push Macho Again's career earnings past the $2 million dollar mark.
Trainer Dallas Stewart says, "We have him a breather after the Clark in November, just keeping him in light training. He grew and got stronger over the winter and he is doing better than ever. We know he loves this racetrack. I think he is going to run big on Friday."
Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds says, "We had a great year with Macho in 2009. We hope to have a similar campaign this year. I saw him this morning and he looks great. He has really filled out and gotten bigger in his shoulder and hip. The Alysheba attracted a good group of horses, but our grey colt is fresh and ready to run big."
The Alysheba is Race 9 on Friday, two races before the Kentucky Oaks. Post time is 3:54 EDT. Regular pilot Robby Albarado has the call.