Macho Uno Hot Streak Continues with New Graded Winner
Danon Legend rolled to a 5-length victory in the Grade 3 Capella Stakes at Nakayama Racecourse in......
Danon Legend rolled to a 5-length victory in the Grade 3 Capella Stakes at Nakayama Racecourse in Japan on December 14 becoming the latest graded stakes winner for Macho Uno.
Macho Uno has been on an international roll the past month and Danon Legend is his fourth stakes winner in four different countries since November 15. That day, Whoopee Maker won the prestigious Bento Goncalves, a Grade 1 fixture in Brazil. Two weeks later on November 29, Macho Uno's millionaire Private Zone earned his third Grade 1 victory with a romp in the Cigar Mile (G1). That same afternoon two-year-old Decision Day was a game winner of the $250,000 Coronation Futurity in his stakes debut at Woodbine.
Danon Legend is Macho Uno's 10th worldwide stakes winner in 2014 and his fourth winner at the graded level. The four-year-old colt was bred by Colts Neck Stable and is a graduate of the 2012 Barretts March Two-Year-Old in Training sale. He sold there for $385,000.
Out of a the Storm Cat mare My Goodness, Danon Legend has now won six of 18 starts and earned $882,097 for owner Danox Inc.
New G1 Winner for Wilko
The Wilko son Don Carlos R. gamely fought off Rio Negro to win the important Copa Confraternidad......
The Wilko son Don Carlos R. gamely fought off Rio Negro to win the important Copa Confraternidad (G1) on December 6 (VIDEO).
The Copa Confraternidad is one of the main attractions of the 47th annual Caribbean Cup Series, a Breeders' Cup-type event that brings together the best horses, trainers and jockeys from Central American and Caribbean racing nations.
Don Carlos R. led the vanguard for Puerto Rico where he's a multiple Grade 2 winner.
Under rider David Rosario, Don Carlos R. was prominent from the start in the 10-furlong fixture. The pair settled into good rhythm up the backstretch, stalking, then easily surpassing early leader Money Never Gold from Venezuela. Don Carlos led nearly every step of the way from there but had to fend off a series of challengers.
First it was Arquitecto, also from Puerto Rico, who surged to the inside of Don Carlos R. and those two raced in tandem around the far turn and into the stretch. The Wilko gelding shrugged off Arquitecto at the 1/8 pole but by then Venezuela's Rio Negro was rolling down the center of the course.
Rio Negro engaged with Don Carlos R. with 200 yards to go and they put on a spirited display of courage and talent for the large crowd in attendance. Rio Negro put his nose in front, then Don Carlos R. battled right back. In the shadow of the wire, Don Carlos R. found an extra gear and got home first, a neck in front of his gallant rival.
Out of a mare by the Relaunch stallion Honour and Glory, Don Carlos R. was bred by Haras Santa Isabel, Inc. and races in the colors of Costa Azul Racing. He now has 14 victories in his 33 career outings and has hit the board on 14 other occasions. The Copa Confraternidad is his first G1 victory and third win at the graded level.
Wilko becomes the third some of Awesome Again to sire a G1 winner after Ghostzapper and Awesome of Course. Don Carlos R. is bred on the same Awesome Again/Relaunch cross that produced Ghostzapper (G1/Horse of the Year), Oxbow (G1/Preakness S.), Paynter (G1), etc.