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Mucho Macho Man Ready to Run

No decision has been made on where Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Mucho Macho Man will make his next start, but he left no doubt Saturday morning that he is ready to run.           

Hitting Gulfstream Park’s main track shortly before sunrise, the 6-year-old Florida-bred fan favorite blazed a half-mile in 46.91 seconds and galloped out five furlongs in 59.50 under regular exercise rider Nick Petro.           

It was the first work for Mucho Macho Man since opening his campaign with a dominant 14-length victory in the $400,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream on Jan. 18 – his third straight win following the Awesome Again (G1) and BC Classic at Santa Anita.           

“He looked great,” said Kathy Ritvo, who trains Mucho Macho Man for owners Dean and Patti Reeves. “It’s hard to say too much else. He worked very good today. He’s very happy and doing really well.”           

Among the possible races for Mucho Macho Man are the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (G1) on March 8, and the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 29 at Meydan Racecourse.           

“We chose today to start working him to be able to have both races as options and let him tell us basically what race is going to be best,” said Reeves Thoroughbred Racing  manager Finn Green. “We can use this work for either race; we haven’t decided yet. We’re in a very good place. He’s provided us with a very good place.”           

Mucho Macho Man has already shown an affinity for Santa Anita, and a win in the World Cup would make him the richest Thoroughbred in racing history. To date, he has won nine of 24 lifetime starts with $5,580,410 in purse earnings.           

“Kathy and I have always done what we believe is right for him at the time,” Green said. “We wouldn’t be considering going to Dubai if the horse was not on an upswing, putting on weight and doing really well. Plus, he’s a great shipper. We know he ships West really well; we might find out if he ships East.”             

 

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