Tommy Macho Blazes to Another Graded Stakes Win
Tommy Macho made his season debut an impressive one Feb. 6 when he blazed a near track record mile......
Tommy Macho made his season debut an impressive one Feb. 6 when he blazed a near track record mile in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
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The 4-year-old son of Macho Uno closed into a quick pace to run the distance on a fast track in 1:33.53, just .4 off the track record set Feb. 22, 2014 by Normandy Invasion (1:33.13).
It was Tommy Macho's first start for Paul Pompa Jr. and J Stables and trainer Todd Pletcher since a runner-up finish to Financial Modeling in the Dec. 19 Queens County Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, prior to which he took the Discovery Handicap (gr. III) in November to notch his first graded win.
"I think it puts us in a position where we have a lot of options, the Gulfstream (Park) Handicap (gr. II; March 5) being one of them," Pletcher said. "We think he's proven he's effective at a mile and a mile and an eighth. We like what he's done since he's been down here this winter. He mentally matured a bit. He behaved really well in the paddock. He's gained weight. He's filled out into a nice 4-year-old."
Wildcat Red showed the way through an opening quarter in :23.42 in the Fred Hooper, tracked by Just Call Kenny to his outside. Saez found himself seventh of eight and about six lengths off the lead as a half went in :45.49, but knew he had a lot of horse.
"The pace was a little tough," said jockey Luis Saez. "We tried to break and be close but at the half-mile we had the opportunity to come out and when he saw the clear, he took off."
Tommy Macho launched a prolonged rally through three-quarters in 1:09.05, and had stablemate Stanford and Just Call Kenny to run down turning for home as Wildcat Red conceded the advantage.
"I was very comfortable," Saez said of the run from the head of the lane to the wire. His mount clipped through seven-eighths in 1:21.06 en route to a 3 3/4-length victory.
"He got away in a little bit of a tangle and was further back than I thought he would be, but he put in a beautiful run on the turn and ran well," Pletcher added.
Tommy Macho was bred in Kentucky by John Liviakis out of the Awesome Again mare Starstream, and was a $25,000 purchase by Juan Naciff from the War Horse Place consignment to the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall 2013 yearling sale. He now has a 4-1-3 record from nine starts for earnings of $443,190.
-edited from www.bloodhorse.com
Mucho Macho Man Foals Making Strong First Impressions
The first foals by Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Mucho Macho Man are drawing rave......
The first foals by Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Mucho Macho Man are drawing rave reviews from some of North America's best horsemen.
His first foal arrived on January 24th at Sequel Stallions in New York and immediately made an impression on her handlers.
“This foal is what we are all hoping for from a first-season sire in the commercial market - she is correct, has got leg, a lot of chrome and is very attractive”, said Sequel Stallions manager, Wally Burleson.
Bred by Mary Ellen Coenen, the chestnut filly is out of a young Stormy Atlantic mare, Ms Hallie, who is out of a half-sister to the Grade 1-winning millionaire In Summation.
The following week, a filly out of the Lawyer Ron mare Trojenna was born at Diamond A Farms in Kentucky and made a similar impression on farm manager Ted 'Mac' Carr:
"She is a big strong foal with a big chest and big bone. A really good foal - and from a maiden mare!"
The impressive filly was bred by Jan & Jerry Hawthorne's Double JH Stable.
A multiple Graded stakes-placed juvenile, Mucho Macho Man was a Graded Stakes winner at 3, 4 and 5 en route to earning over $5.6 million. He was a close runner-up to Fort Larned in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic before his thrilling victory in the 2013 renewal in a driving finish over champions Will Take Charge and Declaration Of War.