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Baker's Dozen Eye Louisiana Derby

Mucho Macho Man - Risen Star

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing Stable’s Mucho Macho Man, the hero of Fair Grounds’ Grade II Risen Star Stakes Feb. 19 and the prohibitive favorite for the $1 million Louisiana Derby now one week away, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.60 Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park under the watchful eye of trainer Kathy Ritvo.

 

“He went very well,” said Ritvo, speaking over the phone from South Florida shortly after the move, “and he galloped out great. It was more of a maintenance move than anything. He’s ready to run.”

 

Asked about shipping plans next week, Ritvo said, “We should arrive at Fair Grounds shortly after noon on Wednesday. I’m glad things are going so well for me and I’m glad the horse is doing so well.”

 

Last week, Ritvo received a package from the disco group The Village People, known for their hit song “Macho Man,” and in the package was a t-shirt with the inscription “Macho Woman.”

 

“That was pretty cute,” Ritvo said when asked about the package. “They sent one to me and one to Patti Reeves (of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing). “I guess they asked her if she could get the group tickets to the Kentucky Derby.”

 

Ritvo, a 41-year-old mother of two, underwent heart transplant surgery in November of 2008.

 

The Louisiana Derby field will be drawn Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in the paddock. Thirteen 3-year-olds are expected to enter the 1 1/8-mile contest: Risen Star Stakes winner Mucho Macho Man (trainer Kathy Ritvo, jockey Rajiv Maragh); Lecomte Stakes winner Wilkinson (Neil Howard, Garret Gomez); Risen Star fourth and Fair Grounds allowance winner Machen (Howard, Edgar Prado); Southwest Stakes third Elite Alex (Tim Ritchey, Calvin Borel); Lecomte Stakes second Pants On Fire (Kelly Breen, Rosie Napravnik); Fair Grounds allowance winner Left (Al Stall Jr., Jesse Campbell); Gulfstream Park maiden winner Nacho Business (Kelly Breen, Joe Bravo); Fair Grounds maiden winner Majestic Harbor (Paul McGee, Corey Lanerie); Oaklawn Park maiden winner Duca (Wayne Lukas); Oaklawn maiden winner Truman’s Commander (Allen Milligan); Oaklawn maiden winner Nehro (Steve Asmussen); Fair Grounds maiden winner and Grindstone Stakes third Mavericking (Neil Pessin, Shaun Bridgmohan); and Southern California-based maiden Le Mans (Asmussen, Robby Albarado).

 

 

What the Nation is saying about Baker's Dozen Eye Louisiana Derby...

Wow, that changed quick! I guess that's what racing secretaries need to do - put out a press release saying you have a 5-horse field and all of a sudden everyone jumps in. Not that Elite Alex's connections made a bad move, but it's funny that they scratched from an 11-horse field saying it was too big and ended up with 13. For what it's worth, I really like Nacho Business in this spot.

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