West Point Thoroughbreds will be represented by graded stakes winners Macho Again and Awesome Gem in the $5-million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I),
Macho Again, winner of the Stephen Foster (gr. I) and
In regard to running Macho Again in the Gold Cup instead of the Goodwood, Finley said, “People don’t want to hear that you’re not going to go and test that surface out there, but I tell them he is a different horse now and everything is a gamble. You don’t get very many chances to run for five million.”
Finley and trainer Craig Dollase have the Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) as an option for Awesome Gem, but they don’t relish having to run against Goldikova.
“I didn’t love the fact that I heard Goldikova is coming back for the BC Mile (gr. IT),” Finley said. “Awesome Gem kind of got sawed in half in the Pacific Classic while making his run, and if he can run big in the Goodwood we’ll probably bring him back in the Classic.
“As an owner who has sizeable strings in
As for the prospect of possibly meeting Sea the Stars in the Classic, Finley said. “I want him to stay in
West Point is also looking at the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile with El Gato Malo, who came off a five-month layoff to win a 1 1/16-mile allowance race in a sharp 1:40 2/5 at Del Mar Sept. 9.
“El Gato Malo is in the mix, too, now,” Finley said. “You can’t forget about him. We’re trying to figure out where to go next, but he holds the track record at Santa Anita going a mile, so we’ll look at the Breeders’ Cup (Dirt) Mile with him.”
Two other potential Breeders’ Cup starters for