Macho Uno, winner of the Pennsylvania Derby in his last start, has fully recovered from a slight bout with colic and will run in Saturday's $300,000 Ohio Derby as originally planned, trainer Joe Orseno said Wednesday.
"We did his blood, and it came back fine," Orseno said. "It wasn't like he was sick, it was just a slight case of colic. We briefly thought about running in the Jockey Club Gold Cup instead, but he's a 3-year-old and a lightly raced horse, and I don't want the race before the biggest race of his life to be his toughest one. This way, he'll have four weeks before the Classic, and we have Gary Stevens to ride him on Saturday. So, we decided to stick to our original plans. We had considered flying him to Ohio, but the way air travel is now, it was easier to just put him on a van."
Orseno also said Red Bullet, who suffered a minor muscle pull in the Woodward, will be pointed for the Cigar Mile, with a possible race before that. Both Red Bullet and Macho Uno will be kept in training next year, according to owner Frank Stronach.
With only three or four horses pointing for the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Orseno is considering running Tarquinius, who finished second in the 1 1/4-mile Dominion Day Handicap at Woodbine two starts back.
"Is he a Gold Cup horse? No," Orseno said. "But somebody has to run fourth or fifth."