The Breeders' Cup lost another of its top attractions when trainer Dallas Stweart elected not to go forward with Macho Again, who is one of the top older horses in training right now for the Classic field. Macho Again apparently came back from a recent workout with a cough and training stopped for the Breeders' Cup. Stewart DID make the right call by stopping any plans to head west. You certainly don't want to go cross-country with a horse that isn't 100%. It is just unfortunate that the Classic loses another headline performer.
Keep in mind that Macho Again won the Stephen Foster earlier this year at Churchill Downs, beating Einstein in the process. He also was the closest thing on four legs to come close to beating Rachel Alexandra, the hands-down Horse Of The Year. His effort against her in the Woodward at Saratoga was magnificent and he darn near got there. Macho Again finished a lackluster fourth in his most recent attempt in the Jockey Club Gold Cup behind Summer Bird. Macho Again earned the right to be showcased on racing's greatest stage after the fantastic season he put together and there is certainly a chance he could have been the winner of the Classic on November 7.
Instead, he will more than likely be pointed to the Grade 2 $400,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on November 27. After all, he has had some success on that track already this year.
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