Multiple Grade 1 winner and fan favorite Mucho Macho Man was on
Gulfstream Park’s main track shortly after 7:30 Sunday morning to
continue preparations for his 2014 debut.
Photo: Eclipse Spotswire
Under regular exercise rider Nick Petro, the Florida-bred son of
Macho Uno breezed five furlongs in 1:01.70.
It was the
fourth work for Mucho Macho Man, all at Gulfstream, since his thrilling
nose victory over Will Take Charge in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup
Classic (G1) at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.
In his prior breeze, Mucho Macho Man went five furlongs in 1:00.03 on
Dec. 22, second-fastest of 31 horses. He worked three furlongs in 37.65
seconds on Dec. 7, and a half-mile in 49.85 on Dec. 15.
“He worked good today,” said Kathy Ritvo, who trains Mucho Macho Man
for Reeves Thoroughbred Racing. “The track was good. He went very well,
and he came back great. He’s just been training very, very
Mucho Macho Man is 8-for-23 lifetime with five graded stakes wins as
well as the 2012 Sunshine Millions Classic. After being pulled up in his
2013 debut in defense of his title, Mucho Macho Man was third in both
the Criminal Type in June and the Whitney Invitational Handicap (G1) in
August before winning the Awesome Again (G1) on Sept. 28 at Santa Anita
prior to the BC Classic.
“He won the biggest race of the year,” Ritvo said. “We’ll see how
they vote for the Eclipse Awards. He had a great year. He had a slow
start, but I’m very proud of him. He couldn’t have run any better in his
last couple races. Hopefully, the people that think he’s the best horse
will vote for him. He’s such a neat horse.”