Macho Again

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Macho Again
Sire Macho Uno
Grandsire Holy Bull
Dam Go Donna Go
Damsire Wild Again
Sex Stallion
Foaled 2005
Country United States
Colour Gray
Breeder Milan Kosanovich
Owner West Point Thoroughbreds
Trainer Dallas Stewart
Record 24: 6-6-0
Earnings $1,825,767
Major wins

Derby Trial (2008)
Jim Dandy Stakes (2008)
New Orleans Handicap (2009)
Stephen Foster Handicap (2009)

American Classic Race placing:
Preakness Stakes 2nd (2008)
Honours
2008-09 Fair Grounds Best Older Horse
Last updated on November 12, 2009

Macho Again (foaled 2005 in Florida) is a retired American thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He was sired by the 2000 American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt Macho Uno, who in turn was a son of leading sire Holy Bull. He is out of the mare Go Donna Go, who is the daughter of Wild Again.

Macho Again got his start as a two-year-old under trainer Dallas Stewart at Saratoga Race Course. He ran four times, breaking his maiden with a victory at Churchill Downs. Macho Again also placed second twice while earning over $45,000.

Three-year-old season[edit]

At age three, he continued to race for Dallas Stewart and began the year in New Orleans at the Fair Grounds Race Course. On February 28, 2008, he won a Fair Grounds allowance race by 4½ lengths after suffering a slight injury in the Grade III Lecomte Stakes in early January. One week prior to the Kentucky Derby, Macho Again won the Derby Trial, a grade three at Churchill Downs.

After this graded win, Stewart and West Point decided to send the horse to the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the $1,000,000 Preakness Stakes a Grade I at Pimlico Race Course at a mile and three sixteenths on conventional dirt. In the Preakness, Macho Again faced an overflow field of thirteen colts, many of them stakes winners. Media darling and Derby winner Big Brown was left alone on the lead with slow early fractions in the first half mile. [1] With nothing to run at and a slow pace, Macho Again was taken out of his game and finished a distant second in the Preakness to Big Brown. [2] He raced again in the Belmont Stakes and finished fifth.

In late July, Macho Again was one of 33 three-year-old horses invited to the start in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. However, he skipped the Haskell and instead raced in the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on July 27, 2008. In the Grade II Jim Dandy, Macho Again held off 3-2 favorite Pyro in the stretch to win by ½ length and earn $300,000, The colt also finished second in the Grade II Super Derby at Louisiana Downs in September 2008.

Four-year-old season[edit]

At age four, Macho Again began his campaign in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park in Florida. He failed to rally in that race. However, he rebounded from that effort with a win in the Grade II New Orleans Handicap on March 14, 2009, and was named the Fair Grounds' best older horse of the year based on that accomplishment. On June 13, 2009, he won Churchill Downs' top race for older horses in the Stephen Foster Handicap, earning his first Grade I win. On August 8, 2009, Macho Again ran second to Bullsbay in the Grade I Whitney Handicap.

Macho Again faced a tough field of eight, including super-filly Rachel Alexandra, in the Grade I Woodward Stakes on September 5, 2009 at Saratoga Race Course at one and one eighth miles on conventional dirt. In a suicidal pace early, the race set up perfectly for Macho Again to make a charge at the filly on the lead. He passed seven stakes winners in the field around the far turn and down the lane and lost to Rachel Alexandra by a head. Macho Again earned $150,000 for the runner up share in that grade one race and ended his career with earnings of $1,825,767.

He was retired from racing in July 2010 and now stands as stud at the Haras Gran Derby in Venezuela.[3]

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Macho Again
Sire
Macho Uno

gray 1998

Holy Bull

gray 1991

Great Above
dark brown 1972
Minnesota Mac
Ta Wee
Sharon Brown
gray 1980
Al Hattab
Agathea's Dawn
Primal Force

bay 1987

Blushing Groom
chestnut 1974
Red God
Runaway Bride
Prime Prospect
bay 1978
Mr. Prospector
Square Generation
Dam
Go Donna Go

dark brown 1994

Wild Again

dark brown 1980

Icecapade
gray 1969
Nearctic
Shenanigans
Bushel-N-Peck
1958
Khaled
Dama
Proud Nova

dark brown 1981

Proud Birdie
bay 1973
Proud Clarion
Bernie Bird
Startex
chestnut 1974
Vertex
Star Bolt

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Preakness Stakes 2008 Race Chart page p-79". Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide 2009. Pimlico Race Course. 2009-05-01. 
  2. ^ "Preakness Stakes 2008 Race Chart page p-79". Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide 2009. Pimlico Race Course. 2009-05-01. 
  3. ^ Lowe, Jeff (July 16, 2010). "Macho Again to Haras Gran Derby in Venezuela". The Thoroughbred Times. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  • Macho Again information page [1]
  • Pedigree Profile [2]

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