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Mucho Macho Man Works for Alysheba

The switch from Gulfstream's fast surface to Churchill Downs' deeper surface did not faze Mucho Macho Man one bit. The Macho Uno colt logged his first recorded work under the Twin Spires, and Kostas Hatzikoutelis and Dream Team Racing Stable could not have been happier with how their star worked. Working solo, Mucho Macho Man cruised through fractions of 12.2 for the opening eighth, continuing on through speedy splits of 23.4, 35.1, and 46:60 for the half. He then galloped out five-eighths in 59 and change and was caught in 12.3 for the sixth furlong. The 46 and 3 half mile breeze earned him bullet status as the fastest of 25 works for that distance.

 

In regards to the stellar breeze, Hatzikoutelis said, "He did it all in hand. He loves Churchill Downs and is floating over the track. He came back great!" Mucho Macho Man won two straight stakes races at Gulfstream Park during that track's winter meet. Typically horses that do well at Gulfstream do not like the deeper surface at Churchill, but that does not seem to be true of the 2012 Gulfstream Park Handicap champion. "He loves the cooler weather and the surface!" Hatzikoutelis proclaimed.

 

Next up for Mucho Macho Man is the G2 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 4th. Mucho's last trip to Churchill Downs saw him finish 3rd in the 2011 Kentucky Derby as a (technically) two-year old.

 

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Yes ma'am, that is exactly right annmatt. I had the pleasure of seeing MMM in person (horse) at Gulfstream back in March, and he is definitely one huge, good-looking colt. Considering that he is young for his age group, I would love to see him race again next year if he continues to remain sound and healthy.
I completely agree with all of yall. MMM silencing his critics is the most important thing to me right now. I think people forget that he was the baby of his crop and still managed to put together a fantastic Triple Crown run. He has only gotten better with age.
  • annmatt · Another amazing thing about MMM's · 825 days ago
  • annmatt · Another amazing thing about MMM's TC run is he basically ran as a two year old against older horses; also, for a horse of his size, it is a testament to his trainer, Kathy Ritvo, that she kept him sound throughout that ordeal. He hit 17.2 h last year, and Kostas (Dream Team) says he has grown to a strapping 17.3h!! Horses this big seem to require a lot of care and attention. I just love this guy! He was my "cinder(f)ella" last year with his story and that of his trainer. Great special interest stuff that's good for the sport. Go Moochie! · 825 days ago
That's exactly the point I made to one of his critics, AmbitiousD. He should prove us both right in the Alysheba.
GOOO MMM hopefully another strong performance!
Notice the trend of the horses he beats coming back to win prestigious G1's. I hope he continues to roll in the Handicap division.
I really hope 3M can keep his current momentum going. He's a fun horse to watch
I am looking forward to seeing if MMM will come up with another great performance.
I've said it before about this guy and I will say it again ... Looking good! I look forward to seeing him on Oaks Day.

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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. Since joining Horse Racing Nation as a contributing blogger, Ashley writes as frequently as possible as the Florida Filly. Though she mainly covers racing in South Florida, Ashley also blogs about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offers her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. Most recently, Ashley was selected to participate 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.