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Mucho Macho Man Easily Captures Gulfstream Park Handicap

Dream Team Racing Stable and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing were certainly living the dream today. With fan favorite Mucho Macho Man as the heavy favorite in today's Gulfstream Park Handicap, it looked as though nothing could wrong. In fact, nothing did go wrong. Under jockey Ramon Dominguez, "The Man" had the perfect trip. Mucho Macho Man broke from the rail and took up a stalking postition behind pacesetter and local favorite Tackleberry. Tackleberry posted a very comfortable 24 and change first quarter, but Dominguez moved Mucho Macho Man up into contention to press the pace, forcing Tackleberry into a 22 and change second quarter. By the quarter pole, Mucho Macho Man had wrested control of the race away from the pacesetter and edged clear of his rival when pressured. Tackleberry could not hold off Mucho Macho Man and finished second, two lengths behind the winner. Jackson Bend completed the trifecta, only a half length behind Tackleberry despite a mile not being his best distance. Cajun Breeze finished fourth, and Clean Shot finished a well-beaten fifth. Soaring Stocks was scratched in favor of a 6 1/2 furlong allowance optional claiming race on tomorrow's card.
  
I had the good fortune to spend a good part of the afternoon with Kostas Hatzikoutelis and some of the other partners of Dream Team Racing Stable. Needless to say, they were all very ecstatic that their colt came home winner. Hatzikoutelis made the comment that the race was turning into a two horse affair, with most of the money going to Mucho Macho Man and Jackson Bend. When I questioned him further, he responded with his characteristic teasing nature, "Well, I'm keeping an eye on the 1 horse..." 
 
After the race, I spoke with Hatzikoutelis again, asking him about future plans for Mucho Macho Man. "Right now, we're going to enjoy this victory and discuss possible options," he replied. "We obviously have a lot of options at this time, but the major Grade 1 races are later in the year."  
 
 
 
Mucho Macho Man looked fantastic winning today's race. In the winner's circle, he was still quite full of himself, as if the race were merely a stroll around the track rather than a solid 1:35.50 showing. All year long I have heard about how he has filled out since last year, and, after seeing him myself, I can confirm that. He is huge! Magnificent! I could continue with the superlatives, but I think my point has been made. As for professionalism, again, text book perfect. During the post parade and pre-race warm-ups, he was "cool as a cucumber," as Hatzikoutelis put it. All around, a flawless performance from a colt who is sure to continue to be a big presence in the handicap division this year.

 

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He sure has Brian A! I'll be rooting for him all season. So far, he seems to be quite sound, too (knock on wood).
Same here Ashley, he's really come into his own! Turned into a fantastic older horse.
Brian, I will always wonder if MMM would have been a TC race winner if he had been a little older and more mature at the time. He has turned into such a beast this year. I really cannot wait for him to race again.
I love that Mucho Macho Man is winning and running So well this year! Such an exciting horse and beautiful to look at. Nice read Ashley!
Love this horse! Gee, what's not to like, really! I'm looking forward to seeing him in the winner's circle often in the big races the last half of the year.
Looks like Shack and Caleb's Posse will have a rematch in the Carter, but I would love to see MMM take on CP, also. That would be one heckuva race!
That's two big wins in a row for MMM. He looks great!
Bring on Caleb's Posse in the Met Mile!?!

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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

 

Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Ashley began her time with Horse Racing Nation blogging as The Florida Filly. Using that moniker, she mainly covered racing in South Florida but also blogged about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offered her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. A move north to New Hampshire began both a new chapter in both Ashley's personal life and professional life. She currently pens the new From Coast to Coast blog for HRN, which is simply a revamped version of The Florida Filly. Don't let the new look and name change fool you, though. Ashley still brings to the table the same great coverage as From Coast to Coast as she did for The Florida Filly. Ashley also participates as a voter in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.

 

An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley is from Central Georgia but is currently living in New Hampshire with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. A stay-at-home mom, Ashley juggles parenting with blogging and her other passions. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is a fervent football fan, enjoys reading and studying history, and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.