Derby Trial S.

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MACHO AGAIN (GR/RO h, 117 lb) $68,569
Macho Uno —Go Donna Go , by Wild Again
B—Milan Kosanovich, FL.; O—West Point Thoroughbreds; T—Dallas Stewart

Kodiak Kowboy (B h, 123 lb) $22,118
Posse —Kokadrie , by Coronado's Quest
B—Hartwell Farm, KY.; O—Vinery Stables and Fox Hill Farm; T—Steven M. Asmussen

Fujita (DK B/ g, 117 lb) $11,059
Lion Hearted —Merriweather , by Opening Verse
B—Brooke Bowman, MD.; O—My Purple Haze Stables; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Margins: ½, 2, 1¾. Others: Majestic Warrior 123($5,529) , Da' Tara 117($3,317) , Iron Works Pike 118($1,152) , Eaton's Gift 123($1,152) , Turf War 123($1,152) , Lemon Spice 117($1,152) . Winning Jockey, Julien R. Leparoux.

Macho Again, who won the April 26 Derby Trial Stakes at Churchill Downs, wonÕt be running in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but that doesnÕt worry trainer Dallas Stewart. The conditioner sees a bright future for the son of Eclipse Award winner Macho Uno.

ÒHe loves the track,Ó said Stewart, who trains Macho Again for West Point Thoroughbreds. ÒHe likes the dirt. WeÕve just got to keep him off the Polytrack. He trains well over it, but he just doesnÕt get down and run on it.Ó

Stewart alluded to Macho AgainÕs unplaced effort over Polytrack in the March 22 LaneÕs End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park.

ÒHeÕs a really honest colt,Ó Stewart said. ÒHe had a little bit of trouble at the quarter-pole (in the Derby Trial). Kodiak Kowboy dug in tough at the sixteenth pole, and Macho Again had to work hard to get by him, and he finished up really well.

ÒThere are a ton of good 3-year-old races coming up, so weÕll see. This horse still has to mature a little bit, but heÕs got a lot of fight in him.Ó

Macho Again finished a half-length in front of Kodiak Kowboy in the Derby Trial.

Terry Finley, founder and president of West Point Thoroughbreds, manages the racing partnership. The outfit also is represented this year by graded stakes winner El Gato Malo.

Bred in Florida by Milan Kosanovich, Macho Again was bought by West Point for $150,000 at the 2007 Ocala BreedersÕ Sales Co.Õs February sale of 2-year-olds in training. He was consigned by CrupiÕs New Castle Farm, agent. Located near Ocala, Fla., CrupiÕs New Castle had purchased Macho Again for $85,000 from Beth Bayer, agent, at the 2006 OBS August yearling sale.

ÒI really liked him, and his sire,Ó said Jim Crupi. ÒHe was a beautiful colt. Terry and Buzz Chace (bloodstock adviser for West Point) asked who I liked at the sale and I told them this colt. We earlier sold them Awesome Gem.Ó

Awesome Gem, a millionaire and grade II winner, is one of several graded stakes winners campaigned by West Point alone and in partnership. Last year, West Point was represented by grade I winners Flashy Bull, Dream Rush, Irish Smoke, and LearÕs Princess. Flashy BullÕs big win came at Churchill in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I). The other three were grade I winners in New York.

Macho AgainÕs dam, Go Donna Go, produced four winners from five registered foals. Her last offspring is an unnamed Exchange Rate 2-year-old filly. Go Donna Go died in 2006.

Macho Uno, champion 2-year-old male of 2000, was represented by another stakes winner the same day as the Derby Trial. Harlem Rocker, a 3-year-old, won the Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct. He has sired two other stakes winners. Macho Uno, who stood at Frank StronachÕs Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla., when Macho Again was conceived, now holds court at Adena Springs Kentucky near Paris. His fee is $20,000.ÑD.S