Not originally on his schedule, the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) is, at least, a possible next start for Mucho Macho Man.
The 5-year-old son of Macho Uno is on the list of 17 names nominated
for the 57th running of the 1 1/8-mile handicap on Feb. 9 at Gulfstream
“We nominated him so we could have the option to consider it,” said
Finn Green, stable manager for Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, whose
multiple-stakes winner has earned $2.3 million. “We won’t make that call
until next Wednesday.”
The Kathy Ritvo-trained Mucho Macho Man, who closed out a successful
2012 campaign with a close second-place finish behind Fort Larned in
the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), turned in an uncharacteristic
off-the-board finish in the $400,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic
on Jan. 19.
After stalking the early pace over the sealed sloppy track, Mucho
Macho Man stopped extending himself on the turn into the homestretch and
was taken in hand by jockey Mike Smith.
“Between him and the racetrack the chemistry wasn’t good enough for a concert,” Green said.
Mucho Macho Man, whose only other poor performance in his 19-race
career came over a sloppy track in a seventh-place finish in the 2011
Belmont Stakes (G1), came out of his 2013 debut in good order.
“It’s probably somewhere between a six and seven-furlong work,” said
Green, estimating the exertion-output in Mucho Macho Man’s performance
in the Florida Sunshine Millions Classic. “That’s what we’ve considered
it to be. It did not deplete him at all.”