Updated on 09/16/2011 7:30AM

Macho Uno won't be denied

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Macho Uno and Gary Stevens are all alone at the finish of the Mass Cap after overcoming serious traffic problems.

EAST BOSTON, Mass. - When Macho Uno won his 4-year-old debut at Gulfstream Park in March, trainer Joe Orseno called owner Frank Stronach and said "we could be looking at a Horse of the Year."

After watching Macho Uno overcome traffic trouble to win Saturday's $500,000, Grade 2 Massachusetts Handicap before 16,361 at Suffolk Downs, it may be more than hyperbole.

Blocked behind a wall of horses from the top of the stretch to the eighth pole, Macho Uno was swung five wide by Gary Stevens inside the furlong marker, re-broke and roared past defending Mass Cap winner Include inside the sixteenth pole to win the 63rd Mass Cap by 1 3/4 lengths. Evening Attire caught Include by a neck for second.

Longshot Special Terms finished fourth, followed by John Little, Compelling World, Griffinte, Mongoose, and Soes Bandit.

Shaun Bridgmohan, jockey of Evening Attire, lodged an objection against Gary Stevens for alleged interference in the stretch, but the stewards denied it.

When Stevens was reminded of Orseno's comments, he smiled and said he told owner Frank Stronach the same thing.

"If he could stay the way he is, not even improve, he's going to be a force to be reckoned with all year long," Stevens said.

Macho Uno - the 2000 champion 2-year-old - broke alertly and was between horses down the stretch the first time. Stevens was sitting fourth entering the first turn and fifth down the backside.

Approaching the top of the stretch, Stevens was blocked behind four horses and had nowhere to go. Still behind those horses at the eighth pole, Stevens yanked Macho Uno outside and, once in the clear, he came flying home. Macho Uno covered the 1 1/8 miles over a fast track in 1:50.52 and returned $6.20 to win.

"I found myself in a pocket loaded to kill coming into the stretch, and didn't have any room," Stevens said. "I tried to split horses and had to stop cold at the eighth pole and I thought I was hopelessly beaten. I eased him to the outside and he just re-broke and from there it was just a matter of how far."

The win impressed Stronach, who was in attendance. "It's the way he won, that's what's impressive," he said. "If he had a clear trip, and won by three or four lengths you would have said he beat some nice horses. But I think this was a special performance."

Macho Uno will be pointed to the $500,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont on July 6.

Stormin Oedy upsets Moseley

The Petro brothers had a happy homecoming as trainer Michael Petro gave a leg up to brother Nick, who rode 10-1 shot Stormin Oedy to a 1 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 James B. Moseley Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Southland Blues rallied from last to be second in the six-furlong race, three-quarters of a length ahead of Valiant Halory. Esteemed Friend, Captain Red, and Dream Run, the 4-5 favorite, completed the order of finish.

The Petros are Boston natives and were prominent at Suffolk Downs before relocating to Florida and Delaware in the mid-1990's. Nick Petro was the leading apprentice rider here in 1983 and Michael was leading trainer in 1985 and 1992.

"It means everything in the world," Michael Petro said of winning the Moseley. "We've always loved Massachusetts."

Nick Petro had Stormin Oedy ($22.60) in fifth position and well off the fast early pace established by Captain Red, who went 21.58 seconds and 44.80 for the opening half-mile. Petro kept Stormin Oedy in the five-path down the backside and he circled seven wide to gain contention entering the stretch. With Captain Red tiring, and Dream Run, Valiant Halory, and Esteemed Friend laboring, Stormin Oedy blew past the field approaching the eighth pole. Stormin Oedy was timed in 1:10.68.

"I didn't think they'd go that fast, but when they went that fast I was more than happy to see it," Michael Petro said.

* In the $30,000 Ironside Stakes, favored Up Front ($4.80) finished second, but was awarded first when the stewards disqualified Slippery Gator from first for interference in the stretch. Slippery Gator, who finished 1 1/4 lengths in front, was placed fourth. The final time was 1:46.15 for a mile and 70 yards on firm turf.

* Favored Concurrent ($6.60) rallied past a stubborn pacesetting Consider the Night to win the $30,000 Keith Brodkin Stakes by three-quarters of a length. Duke Ora was third. Concurrent covered the six furlongs in 59.17 seconds.