Massachusetts H. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 9f ,)
Holy Bull Primal Force , by Blushing Groom (FR)
BAdena Springs, KY.; OStronach Stables; TJoseph F. Orseno
Black Tie Affair (IRE) Concolour , by Our Native
BJoseph M. Grant, KY.; OGrant, Mary and Joseph and Kelly, Thomas J.; TPatrick J. Kelly
Broad Brush Illeria , by Stop the Music
BMr. Robert E. Meyerhoff, MD.; ORobert E. Meyerhoff; TGrover G. Delp
Margins: 1¾, neck, 1¼. Others: Special Terms 112($25,000) , John Little 112($15,000) , Compelling World 110($10,000) , Griffinite 111 , Mongoose 116 , Soes Bandit 114 . Winning Jockey, Gary L. Stevens.
Macho Uno is two-for-two as a 4-year-old after winning the June 1 Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) at Suffolk Downs by 13/4 lengths over Evening Attire. Defending winner Include was a neck back in third. The running time for the 11/8-mile race was 1:50.52.
Trainer Joe Orseno said the July 6 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park would likely be the next start for the Mass Cap winner, followed by the Aug. 3 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga. Orseno and owner/breeder Frank Stronach hope to conclude Macho Uno’s 4-year-old season with a win in the Oct. 26 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Arlington and possible Horse of the Year honors.
Earning championship honors would be nothing new to Macho Uno, who was named champion 2-year-old male of 2000 after his nose victory over Point Given in that year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I). Point Given went on to win the Preakness (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) en route to divisional and Horse of the Year honors in 2001.
Stronach bred Macho Uno in the name of his Adena Springs from the Blushing Groom mare Primal Force, who he purchased for $95,000 at the 1992 Keeneland January mixed sale from the Three Chimneys Farm consignment.
Primal Force, who was named Kentucky Broodmare of the Year in 2000, also is the dam of multiple grade I winner Awesome Again (by Deputy Minister), who stands at Stronach’s Adena Springs Farm near Versailles, Ky. His 2002 fee is $50,000.
Awesome Again was represented by his first winner May 16 when Miss Awesome scored at five furlongs in :58.86 at Churchill Downs. Miss Awesome, out of the Allen’s Prospect mare Tanja, was bred in Kentucky by A Cross Ranch and races for Jocelyn Dickey McKathan.
Besides Macho Uno and Awesome Again, Primal Force is the dam of five fillies, including 3-year-old Just Awesome (by Siphon) who is in training with James Jerkens, 2-year-old Dancing Pearl (by Touch Gold) who’s with Danny Vella at Adena Springs South near Ocala, Fla., and a yearling El Prado filly, also at Adena Springs South. Primal Force foaled a Silver Charm filly May 8 and was bred June 1 to A.P. Indy.
Holy Bull is the sire of Macho Uno and a dozen other added-money winners, including additional 2002 stakes winner Crash Course, winner of the Jan. 20 Mac Diarmida Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park. Holy Bull is owned in partnership and stands at Jonabell, a Darley farm, near Lexington. His 2002 stud fee is $25,000.—L.D.