Macho Uno Number One on Experimental Free Handicap
by David Schmitz
Date Posted: 1/29/2001 11:54:28 PM
Last Updated: 1/30/2001 10:39:32 PM

Victory by Macho Uno in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile helped earn him the top spot on the Experimental Free Handicap.
There wasn't much separating Macho Uno and Point Given in both the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and the Experimental Free Handicap for males. Macho Uno held off Point Given by a nose in the Juvenile and was assigned one pound more than that rival on the Experimental. Racing secretaries Howard Battle of Keeneland, Michael Lakow of the New York Racing Association, and Thomas S. Robbins of Del Mar assigned the son of Holy Bull the standard top weight of 126 pounds.

"We just thought he had a better record," said Battle. "Point Given had lost a couple of times."

Macho Uno, whose season ended in the Juvenile, had won two of his three previous starts. His other stakes win had come in the Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes (Can-I) and his lone loss was by a neck in a third-place finish in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I).

Point Given, on the other hand, had raced once more after the Juvenile, winning the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) as the heavy favorite. The victory apparently was not enough to offset his three losses according to the panel.

Ranked a pound below Point Given was A P Valentine, who turned in a powerful run to win the Champagne Stakes (gr. I), but then ran last in the Juvenile. "Any horse can bomb out in the Breeders' Cup," Battle said.

Overall, nine horses were weighted at 120 pounds or more, the same number as in 1999.

The result of the Breeders' Cup race for 2-year-olds fillies also was the determining factor in assigning Caressing the top weight of 123 pounds for fillies. A daughter of Honour and Glory, Caressing defeated 11 rivals in winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) for her third win in five starts. "It was a helluva race," Battle said. "It was a race that attracted the top fillies, and she won."

Weighted a pound below Caressing was Raging Fever, who finished sixth in the Juvenile Fillies after winning all five of her previous starts, including two grade I events in New York. Five fillies were weighted at 120 pounds or more, two more than the previous year.

The Experimental, published since 1933 under the auspices of The Jockey Club, is compiled for a hypothetical race at 1 1/16 miles in the spring for 3-year-olds on dirt and at one time grouped males and females together. Separate lists were started in 1985.

Horses eligible to be weighted included 2-year-olds who finished in the first four in graded stakes or in unrestricted races with an added value of $50,000 or higher, run in the continental U.S. The committee weighted 99 males and 80 fillies.

The rankings also come into play when assessing a horse's chances in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and are used in conjunction with the dosage theory. Race fans look to the rankings to determine which horses are "Derby dual qualifiers."

Dual qualifiers are those horses weighted within 10 pounds of the male topweight and have a proper dosage figure to win the Run for the Roses. Under the dosage system, each horse is assigned a Dosage Index (DI) and Center of Distribution (CD). Horses with a DI higher than 4.00 and a CD higher than 1.25 are considered genetically unlikely to win the Kentucky Derby.

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