June 12 – Paul Pompa Jr. & J Stables Tommy Macho took another step toward the $1 million earnings milestone with a good third in the historic Metropolitan H. (G1) on June 10.
Tommy Macho was bought privately after his first start in a deal brokered by bloodstock agent Nick Sallusto, a partner in the Sallusto & Albina agency.
“It was a really good purchase,” co-ownber Paul Pompa Jr. told the Blood-Horse on June 9. “He’s been hard-knocking for the last two or three years…I’ve bought a lot of nice horses from Nick,” he added. “D’Funnybone, This Ones For Phil, Franny Freud. Nick has a lot of credibility with me.”
A son of Macho Uno, Tommy Macho has emerged as one of the more brilliant and consistent one-turn performers on the East Coast in recent years. Winner of the Fred W. Hooper S. (G3) in February of 2016, he kicked off his 2017 campaign on January 14 with a 5 3/4-length domination of the Hal’s Hope S. (G3) at Gulfstream Park. He earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure for that effort, one of the top numbers around one turn so far this season. He’s been in the money in three subsequent starts including a brutal-trip third in the April 8 Carter H. (G1).
Tommy Macho picked up a $120,000 check for his third-place effort in the Met Mile and now has over $700,000 in the bank for his owners. $742,920 to be exact, just $257,080 shy of thoroughbred racing’s millionaires club.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Saratgoa’s August 26 $600,000 Forego S. (G1) going 7 furlongs is a logical summer target for Tommy Macho. Races like the $350,000 Alfred H. Vanderbilt H. (G1) are possible along the way.
Should Tommy Macho gain millionaire status this summer he would join another Sallusto & Albina private purchase Stallwalkin’ Dude. The gallant gelding posted his highest ever Beyer Speed Figure when second to Roy H in the $250,000 True North S. (G2) on June 9. He’s now earned over $1.4 million.
On that same June 9 card in New York, multiple graded winner Lightstream tipped past $500,000 for her budding career with a third in the $250,000 Bed ‘o Roses Inv. (G3). She too was purchased privately on advice of Sallusto & Albina.