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Multiple graded stakes winner Mucho Macho Man
returned to the worktab on Saturday, putting in a six-furlong breeze in
advance of his next start in the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward on August
by Kathy Ritvo for Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, the 5-year-old son of
Macho Uno was clocked in 1:14.43 on the main track. Mucho Macho Man had
not worked since his third-place finish in the Grade 1 Whitney
Invitational Handicap on August 3.
went good, very good," Ritvo said. "He was very strong today. He came
out of his race really good and showed us that he's ready to get ready
to run again. He's very sharp; he can't be doing any better."
Macho Man is 0-for-3 in 2013, including a third in the Criminal Type at
Belmont Park on June 14, but he won the Grade 2 Suburban and was second
in the Woodward and Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic in the second half of
ran a monster race [in the Whitney]," Ritvo said. "It's been kind of a
slow start to this year, but he's picking it up. He'll be running his
third race [off a layoff] in the Woodward, and it should be a good one."
Macho Man has a record of 6-5-6 from 21 lifetime starts, with purse
earnings of $2,440,410. He competed in all three legs of the 2011 Triple
Crown, including a third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.
don't understand how you can find a more consistent horse," Ritvo said.
"He ran a good race coming back in the Criminal Type, and he took a
huge step to the Whitney. Huge."
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With exercise rider Cindy Hutter aboard, Lighthouse Bay breezed five furlongs in 1:01.21 on the main track Saturday morning for trainer George Weaver.
was the first work for the 3-year-old Speightstown filly following her
half-length upset of the Grade 1 Prioress on July 27 at odds of 21-1.
went really smooth," Weaver said. "I made the decision to only work her
once. The fact that she worked in 1:01 and change was good because
usually by herself she can very easily have gone much slower. She's not a
horse that goes over there and is a flashy work horse. I took it as a
sign that she was eager and wanting to go as well as she did."
will make her next start in the Grade 1, $500,000 Test Stakes on the
Travers undercard August 24. She stretches out to seven furlongs for the
first time in the Test, having run as far as 6 ½ furlongs once, winning
the Jostle Stakes at Parx Racing one start before the Prioress.
seems to be in fine form. Hopefully, she'll go over there and run her
race for us on Travers Day," Weaver said. "They call it the Test, and it
will be a test for her, but she has the right style to run a good seven
furlongs. Until you do it, you don't know for sure, but we're delighted
to be able to be pointing for the Test. She deserves to be in there
after winning the Prioress, for sure."
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On the sidelines since her gritty score in the Grade 3 Victory Ride on June 29 at Belmont Park, Paul Pompa Jr.'s Baby J
worked six furlongs Saturday in 1:14.50 in preparation for the Grade 1
Test, a historic seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies on August
went nice and easy and galloped out good, so we're going to take a shot
at the Grade 1," trainer Patrick Reynolds said. "She won the Victory
Ride. She got knocked sideways at the eighth pole and got up and got the
job done. When you have a horse like that, you've got a good shot.
She's a tryer and wants to do it."
to Reynolds' barn this spring, Baby J has won a six-furlong sprint
gate-to-wire in the slop on May 8 at Belmont Park, finished third next
out in an optional claimer against older horses June 14 and then took
the Victory Ride off two weeks' rest.
Discussing the loss, Reynolds said jockey Joel Rosario tried to harness Baby J's speed early, and she did not appreciate it.
"She's a speedball, and she sulked a little bit," Reynolds said. "It was a mistake in judgment and planning."
Reynolds said the win in the Victory Ride emboldened Pompa to shoot for the Test.
said let's lock and load and see if we can't stretch her [to seven
furlongs]," Reynolds said. "It's the Test. It's a big race. Everyone
knows the Test. We have our fingers crossed."