Derby Trial winner Macho Again is back in the Preakness picture.

Derby Trial winner Macho Again is back in the Preakness picture.

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Macho Again Back in Preakness Picture

Macho Again impressed trainer with work at Churchill Downs May 10.

From Churchill Downs

A day after being taken out of consideration for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), West Point Thoroughbreds’ Macho Again was back in the picture according to trainer Dallas Stewart.

“Last night we sat down and really looked at the field,” Stewart said. “There is one superstar in there (Big Brown), and I feel he can be competitive with the rest of them. He has never been doing better than he is now.”

Winner of the April 26 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs in his most recent start, Macho Again worked a half-mile in :50.80 over a fast track at Churchill Downs May 10 with Kenny Bourque up. The move was the 52nd fastest of 59 at the distance.

“The decision was not based on his work this morning,” Stewart said. “He never has been much of a work horse. But we will see how he is in the morning, and we are seriously considering it. It’s a once in a lifetime chance and (owner) Terry (Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds) has left the decision up to me.”

Macho Again has a record of 8-3-2-0, with earnings of $143,761. His two worst races came on synthetic surfaces, and his only off-the-board finish on dirt was a sixth-place effort in the LeComte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, in which he raced wide and was coming off a seven-week layoff.