For Macho Again, the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) has been a will he or won’t he proposition. Owner West Point Thoroughbreds had been considering the Ohio Derby (gr. III) for the son of Macho Uno , with the prospect of West Coast-based El Gato Malo going to the Preakness. However, El Gato Malo was sent to the Lone Star Derby (gr. III), where he was a winner, and Macho Again became a Preakness prospect again.
The grey or roan Macho Again is trained by Dallas Stewart, who will be looking for his first Preakness win in the May 17 race at Pimlico Race Course. Stewart, a native of Mississippi who now resides in Louisville, sent out Kimberlite Pipe to an eighth-place finish in the 1999 Preakness, and most recently watched as his Dollar Bill finished fourth in 2001.
Although he has only had two previous starters, Stewart is no stranger to the Preakness. He is a former 11-year assistant to Hall of Fame conditioner D. Wayne Lukas, who has five Preakness wins to his credit. Lukas’ winners include Codex, Tank’s Prospect, Tabasco Cat, Timber Country, and Charismatic.
Stewart established his own stable in 1997 with a dozen horses. His biggest wins came in the 2006 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with Lemons Forever and the 2001 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) with Unbridled Elaine.
For West Point Thoroughbreds, which was created in 1991 by Terry Finley, the partnership organization will be sending out its first Preakness starter. West Point celebrated its best year to date in 2007. Flashy Bull became the stable’s first grade I winner by taking the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I). That win was followed by Dream Rush winning the Prioress Stakes (gr. I) and the Darley Test Stakes (gr. I).
West Point generally keeps a stable of approximately 60 horses at various stages of training for around 400 investors. The group’s first stakes victory came in 1995 with Big City Bound, and Ethan Man became the organization’s first graded stakes winner by capturing the grade III Swale Stakes in 2002. Among the company’s trainers, in addition to Stewart, are: Patrick Byrne, Steve Klesaris, Mike Machowsky, Kiaran McLaughlin, Craig Dollase and Richard Violette Jr.
Bred in Florida by Milan Kosanovich, Macho Again was produced from the Wild Again mare Go Donna Go and was purchased by West Point for $150,000 at the 2007 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s February 2-year-olds in training sale from the consignment of Crupi’s New Castle Farm, agent.
Crupi’s New Castle Farm purchased the colt for $85,000 at the 2006 OBS August yearling sale from the consignment of Beth Bayer, agent.
The lightly-raced Macho Again enters the 1 3/16-mile race off an impressive half-length win in the Derby Trial Stakes April 26 at Churchill Downs. The Derby Trial was his first stakes win and came after a disappointing unplaced effort in the Lane’s End Stakes (gr. II).
Macho Again began his 3-year-old season with an unplaced effort in the LaComte Stakes (gr. III). He then dropped back to allowance company where notched an impressive 4 ½ length score. Both races were at the Fair Grounds. Macho Again broke his maiden in his third career start at age 2 and ended his juvenile career with a neck loss to Monba in an allowance race at Churchill Downs.
For his career, Macho Again has earned $143,761 from a record of 3-2-0 from eight career starts.