Trinity Farm’s Macagone capitalized on class relief, going gate-to-wire at one mile to win the third running of the $ 100,000 Danger’s Hour, carded as Race 8, for 4-year-olds and up on Sunday in Aqueduct’s first turf stakes of the spring meet.
Macagone, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, again found success on the Big A’s turf course, winning for the fourth time in five starts and improving to 4-0-1 in five starts on the track.
Jockey Kendrick Carmouche sent the 6-year-old to the front, where she set fractions of 23.40 seconds for a quarter-mile and 46.78 for a half. Coming out of the final turn, Macagone outkicked a challenging Catapult to post a 1 ½-length victory, completing the course in 1:36.13.
“Like Mr. Billy Mott says, never take anything that comes easy,” Carmouche said. “They just wanted me to warm him up, get him back into his front-running character, and he ran good. He loves this turf course.”
The seven-horse field’s lone New York bred, Macagone went off from the sixth post at 5-2. The Artie Schiller bay gelding paid $ 7.60 on a $ 2 win wager and improved his career earnings to $ 525,667.
“He loves Aqueduct,” said Leanna Willaford, assistant to Mott. “There was a nice little cut in the ground and the plan was to go to the lead from the start. He actually just shipped in from Florida a couple of days ago and he looks fantastic. They did a good job with him and Kendrick finished the job.”
After a 10th-place finish in Grade 2 Ft. Lauderdale and the Grade 3 Canadian Turf, Macagone won for the first time since the stakes that honored his sire’s name on November 19 at Aqueduct.
“Congratulations to the owner [Tom Egan of Trinity Farm] and his family,” Carmouche said. “He lost his wife in December and it really helps him as a person and his kids. This all goes to them.”
Catapult was the runner-up while Cage Fighter took third in the 7-year-old’s first Aqueduct start.
Gold Shield, Eirigh, Il Segreto and Edge of Reality completed the order of finish.
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