Macho Again Seeks Second Stephen Foster Victory
Macho Again tries for his second straight Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) victory on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Macho Again's regular pilot Robby Albarado seeks his fourth straight Stephen Foster victory. West Point Thoroughbreds seeks their third Foster victory in four years. Flashy Bull won the race in 2007.
Macho's 2009 provided us with many thrills. He captured the 2009 New Orleans Handicap (G2) last winter at Fair Grounds before scoring his first Grade 1 win in the Foster. 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 on Saturday will make him West Point's first black and gold bearer to surpass the $2 million mark.
Trainer Dallas Stewart says, "He is training extremely well. We are going to take the blinkers off for the first time ever. I think it will make him more competitive. We know he can throw in a clunker and then run a huge race. I feel good."
Terry Finley, President of West Point Thoroughbreds says, "Macho Again has been a great horse for us. The Foster attracted a solid field of horses this year, and we may be a bit of a price, but our colt is doing extremely well. Let's look for a repeat of last year."
The $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap is race 10 on Saturday at Churchill with a post time of 5:29 EDT. Macho Again drew post position 9 of 11. West Point also sends out two-year-old first time starter Dancing Compass in race 5 earlier in the day.