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About an hour after a heavy rainstorm hit Gulfstream Park on
Wednesday morning, Florida-bred fan favorite Mucho Macho Man
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
“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
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.”