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
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.”