V86: Barefoot and with the form on its way up
He was toying with his opponents in his seasonal debut.
A tougher task awaits this time.
But Mack Dragan will also be better than he was in his last start.
"With some racing luck I think he'll be right there at the finish line" says the horse's owner and trainer Morgan Willhelmsson.
Mack Dragan (V86-7) was the horse on everybody's lips when he started his career with seven straight wins as a three year old. Four years later he has a whole bunch of V75 victories on his CV and when he won his seasonal debut last week he also surpassed SEK 2 million in career earnings.
"I was very pleased with his seasonal debut. He hadn't trained any quicker heats before that start and even if I think he stepped down in class, he did what I was hoping he would do. Calle (driver Carl Johan Jepson) was also pleased so everything was good" says Morgan Willhelmsson.
As breeder he has been there to shape the horse from day one and as the duo start their fifth racing season together, the preparations have gone better than ever.
"I'm spoiled with very good conditions since I train at Stall Palema's tracks and there hasn't been any problems training this past winter. I'd say he's more trained than ever before. But no quicker speeds as I said".
The reason that Mack Dragan hasn't gotten any faster heats is simply that it's not possible.
"He's very lazy in training. The way he feels there you wouldn't think he could win a maiden race" says Wilhelmsson laughing.
On his way up with that race
But winning races is exactly Mack Dragan knows how to do. So far he has won 22 out of 50 starts and an additional 14 times he has finished top three. He won his seasonal debut after a move to the front despite starting with a 40 meter handicap and with that race in his legs the trainer thinks he will be even sharper this time.
"Since I can't train him very fast he usually wakes up when he starts racing and gets some speed into his legs. I don't think he's in top form yet but he felt more alert when I trained him last Friday and he also felt good jogging yesterday (Sunday).
Barefoot and American sulky
The conditions Wednesday are that Mack Dragan will start from post nine in the second tier in a short distance (1,640 meters) race.
"The fact that it's a short distance race doesn't matter. His best feature is his strength but he's also very quick and I think he will race barefoot and with an American sulky this time".
"The post position is okay for him. I'll take post nine over post five, six or seven. This way he doesn't have to get into the battle for the lead. You always need some racing from this type of post but I think it's an even field on paper and with some luck he'll be right there at the finish line".