Tommy Macho wins Discovery, 1-2 finish for Pletcher
NEW YORK (AP) — Todd Pletcher added to his nation-best training total Wednesday when stablemates Tommy Macho and Madefromlucky finished 1-2 in the Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct.
The sweep banked $120,000 of the $150,000 purse for the Pletcher barn that has over $24 million in earnings this year.
Pletcher has won the Discovery, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds, a record six times.
It was the first stakes victory for Tommy Macho, and it came in his first try on a sloppy track.
Javier Castellano immediately sent Tommy Macho after the pacesetting Ocean Knight, the 8/5 favorite. The colt pressed the leader every step, racing that rival into submission at the top of the stretch. Tommy Macho pulled clear to a 4 1/2-length win, his third in seven career starts.
The payoff was $9.30, $4.50 and $2.80. The time was 1:51.67.
Madefromlucky, winner of the Peter Pan Stakes and the West Virginia Derby, rallied to return $3.40 and $2.60. Ocean Knight paid $2.40 to show.