Shadow Matter was no aberration Friday as he scored his second straight victory in gritty fashion at Churchill Downs .
Pouncing with a sustained drive under Tyler Gaffalione, the 3-year-old colt improved to two wins and a second from three career starts for trainer Dallas Stewart.
“He’s almost three for three!,” Dallas said. “I just told Tyler that there was some serious speed signed on here and he might have to teach him something, but this colt is all racehorse. We have some big upside with him.”
West Point bought Shadow Matter privately at the recommendation of bloodstock adviser David Ingordo in the spring of 2020 when the public sale marketplace was on hold due to COVID-19. He is a son of Macho Uno, just like Macho Again, who finished second in the 2008 Preakness Stakes and captured the 2009 Stephen Foster (G1) at Churchill for Stewart and West Point more than a decade ago.