If your Derby list doesn’t include Machen, maybe it should. The chestnut colt by Distorted Humor out of Grade 1 winner Ready’s Gal, romped at Fair Grounds today, in his second start, and first attempt at two turns. After breaking slowly, and wanting to go, he pulled Jaime Theriot up into the pocket behind the speed. He was checked off heels, pulling and tugging with his mouth wide open. Covered up the rest of the way, he seemed to finally settle and inside the sixteenth pole, shot through the smallest of seams to draw off and win with lots left. Still a bit green, but lots of talent here.Trained by the very patient Neil Howard who is having a phenomenal Fair Grounds meet (32%), he is owned by his breeder, Courtlandt Farm.
This is the first foal of multiple Graded Stakes winner Ready’s Gal , winner of over $600,000. She has an ’09 filly by A.P. Indy and an ’10 colt by the same.