Sensational Suburban Handicap winner Mucho
Macho Man returned to the work tab for the first time since his July
7 victory with a bullet five-furlong breeze on the Oklahoma training track Sunday morning.
Under regular exercise rider Nick Petro, the 4-year-old Macho Uno colt
was timed in 47 seconds by NYRA clockers, the fastest of 37 horses.
“He’s very good,” said Kathy Ritvo, who trains Mucho
Macho Man for Reeves Thoroughbred Racing. “He loves to train. He really
relaxes, and he had a good work today.”
Though it was his regularly scheduled work day, Mucho Macho Man had one
small adjustment made to his routine on Sunday, a remnant of the recent rainy
“Instead of working at 5:30 [a.m.] like we usually do, I waited
for the track to dry a little at 7:30,” Ritvo said. “We got a little
traffic, but he worked good. There were two horses in front of him for someone
else, and he came up on the inside of them and finished well.”
Mucho Macho Man captured the Grade 2 Suburban by 2 ½ lengths over Hymn
Book at Belmont Park, running the nine furlongs in
1:46.58. It was his third win in four starts this year, including the Sunshine
Millions Classic and Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap.
The $750,000 Woodward will be run Saturday, September 1. It will be the
second lifetime start at Saratoga for Mucho Macho Man, a veteran of all three
Triple Crown races in 2011 who was third in a maiden race here on August 21,
In all, Mucho Macho Man has six wins, three seconds, four thirds and
$1.3 million in purse earnings from 16 career starts.
“He’s serious about his work now,” Ritvo said.
“He’s always been pretty serious, but he has really come into his
own. He’s a June 15th foal, so it’s going to take him
some time to mature. He’s always been a pretty smart horse; he’s
just starting to grow into his body and put on a lot of muscle.
“What I love about him is he’s professional and he’s
consistent,” said Ritvo. “You put the bridle on to go over in the
afternoon, and he just settles right down. He’s a gentleman. It’s a
lot of fun to watch him run.”