Reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion Mucho Macho Man has been retired from racing, and will enter stud at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Farm in Paris, KY. A fee for the 6-year-old earner of $5.6 million will be announced at a later date.
Mucho Macho Man heads to the breeding shed after a stellar career, having won or placed 20 times in 25 starts, coast to coast. Campaigned for most of his career by Dean and Patti Reeves and trained by Kathy Ritvo, Mucho Macho Man served early notice of his talent, with runner-up efforts in the Nashua S. (G2) and Remsen S. (G2) as a two-year-old, despite being a June 15 foal. On the Triple Crown trail, he won the Risen Star S. (G2) and ran a gallant third in the Kentucky Derby (G1) behind champion Animal Kingdom.
Following the Classics, Mucho Macho Man won or placed in all 12 of his subsequent starts on fast dirt tracks, including nine G1 or G2 races. His seven wins during that stretch included open length victories in the Gulfstream Park H. (G2), Suburban H. (G2), and Awesome Again S. (G1), culminating in his tenacious win in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). This year, he opened the season with a dominant 14-length win in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream, his second victory in that event.
Owner Dean Reeves said, “Mucho Macho Man gave Patti and our team enormous pleasure. He has generated so many fans, both in the state of Georgia and nationwide. We are extremely excited about him joining the star-studded roster at Adena Springs, and look forward to supporting him as a stallion and racing his progeny.”
Trainer Kathy Ritvo said, “Mucho Macho Man was so tough and genuine. He gave his all every time. After five seasons of training and racing, he shows signs of some minor wear and tear. He is still sound and happy, but we have decided that it is in his best interests to retire him. He has nothing more to prove to any of us.”
Frank Stronach--whose Adena Springs planned the mating which produced Mucho Macho Man before selling him in utero at the 2007 Keeneland November Sale--said, “The Breeders’ Cup Classic is a true Championship race, and a forecaster of the industry's future top sires. Mucho Macho Man campaigned against the best every year ages two through six, and consistently excelled around two-turns on the dirt. He will be an important addition to our roster.”
Mucho Macho Man will stand alongside his sire, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner and champion Macho Uno, and four other Breeders' Cup Classic winners: Alphabet Soup, Awesome Again, Fort Larned, and Ghostzapper. For additional information contact Eric Hamelback at (859) 987-1798.