Macho Uno Toasts Another Takes Winner

11.02.2018 -

Loooch Racing's Uno Mas Modelo splashed to a 4 ½-length victory in Thursday's $101,800 Bet On Sunshine Stakes, the first of many Breeders' Cup week stakes at Churchill Downs. It was also the first stakes victory for trainer Anthony Quartarolo under the Twin Spires.

Ridden by Albin Jimenez, Uno Mas Modelo tracked early pace setters Silver Ride and Fort Fortitude through the first quarter mile in :22.17 before rallying three wide to score a 4 ½-length win over the “sloppy” main track. Uno Mas Modelo covered the six furlongs in 1:10.03

“That was fun,” Quartarolo said. “I hope that started off the weekend well. If the weather would have cooperated a little better that would help things. That was a great race and a great ride by Albin.”

Uno Mas Modelo, a 5-year-old bay gelding by Macho Uno, returned $15, $6.40 and $6. Heartwood, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, closed for second at odds of 9-1 and returned $7.40 and $7.20 while Silver Ride faded to third and returned $8.20. Control Stake, Switzerland, Fort Fortitude and Rock and Fellers (ARG) rounded out the field.
Switzerland, the heavy 1-2 favorite in the Bet On Sunshine, broke slowly under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. and was not in contention.

Uno Mas Modelo has now earned $267,610 and has notched seven victories in 29 starts. He's Macho Uno's 7th Stakes winner of 2018. Among the others are Grade 2 winner Bobby Abu Dhabi and Graded winners Tommy Macho and Kirby's Penny, a contender in the November 3 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1).

- edited from, Coady photo

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