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Mucho Macho Man Visits Starting Gate

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About an hour after a heavy rainstorm hit Gulfstream Park on Wednesday morning, Florida-bred fan favorite Mucho Macho Man visited the starting gate to continue preparation for his 2014 debut in Saturday’s $400,000 Sunshine Millions Classic.            

The reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic winner went to the track around 7:30 a.m. said Kathy Ritvo, who trains the 6-year-old son of Macho Uno for owners Dean and Patti Reeves.            

“It was raining really hard this morning, but it stopped by the time he went out,” Ritvo said. “We do it for every race. He went good. He’s very professional. He went up there, galloped and then stood in the gate, backed out and came home. He walked most of the way home. It was all very good.”            

Ritvo also plans to school Mucho Macho Man in the Gulfstream Park paddock during the opener of Thursday’s 10-race card, which has a first post of 12:40 p.m.            

“We don’t school in the paddock every time because we watch the weather, but since everything is going very well we’ll take him over,” Ritvo said. “He’ll just take a walk. It’s good for him to get out.             

“When we get a chance and it works out fine, we will school him. He doesn’t have to be there, but it tells him – the gate and the paddock – that it’s time to run. He’s very professional. It’s just good for him.”            

The Classic caps a six-race, $1.3 million Sunshine Millions program highlighting Florida-bred horses. Among the horses expected to challenge Mucho Macho Man are Bernie the Maestro, Joshua’s Comprise, Decaf Again, Gourmet Dinner and Rule Number Six.            

“He’s clued in to what’s happening the next couple of days,” said Finn Green, racing manager for Reeves Thoroughbred Racing. “He knows what’s going on. He’s ready.”        

 

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Older Comments about Mucho Macho Man Visits Starting Gate...

Hopefully the weather is good on Saturday so that we can see him let loose on this field.
  • David Juffet · Looks like a paid workout, ducking the donn handicap · 197 days ago
  • EP Taylor · Ducking the Donn...lol. They have supported the Sunshine Millions day for 3 years with this horse. Come back and talk S##t when he goes west and blows the doors off the dude again In the Big Cap of they skip Dubai. · 197 days ago

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