Mucho Macho Man
breezed half-mile at Gulfstream Saturday morning in
preparation for a start in the $500,000 Florida Sunshine Millions
Classic on Jan. 19. Exercise rider Nick Petro Jr. was aboard for the
breeze, timed in :46 1/5 on splits of :11 2/5, :22 2/5 and :34 3/5
before galloping out in a minute.
“He went really good,” said trainer Kathy Ritvo, whose soon-to-be
5-year-old was equipped with blinkers for the workout. “He likes to
train. He’s a horse that’s happiest when he trains."
Mucho Macho Man, who defeated Ron the Greek to capture the Florida
Sunshine Millions Classic last year, concluded a productive 2012
campaign with a close second-place finish behind Fort Larned in the $5
million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita on Nov. 3.