09/15/2002 11:00PM

Macho Uno breezes at Woodbine

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Macho Uno, a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Classic at Arlington on Oct. 26, put in a guest appearance at Woodbine on Monday morning, breezing five furlongs in 1:02.40.

"He breezed real well," said Joe Orseno, who trains Macho Uno for Stronach Stable and who recruited local rider Robert Landry for the work. "I got him going out seven-eighths in 1:30 and a mile in 1:45.

"He kept going, which was good. It didn't tire him out too much; it was about what I expected. It was his first breeze since the Whitney."

The Woodbine clockers, who judged Macho Uno to be going "handily," timed his first quarter in 25 seconds and three-eighths in 37 seconds.

Macho Uno finished fourth in Saratoga's Aug. 3 Whitney, his second straight loss following an impressive score in the June 1 Massachusetts Handicap.

Several days after the Whitney, Macho Uno was shipped to Adena Springs North, Stronach's Canadian base, in nearby Aurora.

The Grade 2 Washington Park Handicap, a 1 3/16-mile race at Arlington on Sept. 29, could serve as his tune-up for the Classic.

"But I might train him right into the Breeders' Cup," said Orseno. "We'll have to make a decision off his next breeze."