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Mucho Macho Man to Parade at Gulfstream

Mucho Macho Man wins 2013 Awesome Again Stakes.
Photo: Benoit Photo
Breeders’ Cup Classic victor Mucho Macho Man returned to his Florida roots Wednesday, arriving at Gulfstream Park just before noon following a cross-country flight from Southern California.
 
Upon arriving at Palm Beach International airport on a flight that originated in Los Angeles, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Breeders’ Cup hero was vanned to Gulfstream, where he was greeted by trainer Kathy Ritvo.
 
“He looks great,” said Ritvo, who became the first woman in the 30-year history of the Breeders’ Cup to saddle a Classic winner.
 
Mucho Macho Man received a long bath before returning to his familiar stall in Barn 4 on the Gulfstream backstretch. The Florida-bred champion scored local victories in the Sunshine Millions Classic and Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) in 2012.
 
The 5-year-old son of Macho Uno made a sweeping move to the lead on the final turn, took command in the homestretch and held on gamely to nose out late-charging Will Take Charge at the finish of the 1 ¼-mile finale of the 30th Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita.
 
Mucho Macho Man provided Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens his first success in the Classic. The victory was worth $2,750,000 to swell his career bankroll to $5,340.410.
 
The Classic winner will make an appearance at Gulfstream Park Saturday. On a program that will celebrate Florida-breds with the eight-race $1 million Florida Sunshine Millions Preview, Mucho Macho Man will be brought to the saddling enclosure and walking ring with the horses entered in the $150,000 Classic Preview race at approximately 2:30 p.m. Fans will be able to take pictures of the Horse of the Year candidate while he circles the walking ring.
 
The first 2,000 fans who purchase a Gulfstream Park program will receive a free Mucho Macho Man t-shirt while supplies last.
 
A decision about whether Mucho Macho Man will race again next year or be retired to stud has not been made.
 
“We’re going to let him get settled in this week then start talking,” Ritvo said. 
 
Should he return to action in 2014, Ritvo said that a start at Gulfstream was very possible while the $10 million Dubai World Cup would be an option.
 
While all options for Mucho Macho Man are being weighed, he could return to the track this week.
 
“He might go back in a couple days, as long as he’s not too tired,” Ritvo said. 
 
Mucho Macho Man gave all the right signals to his trainer after arriving at Gulfstream Wednesday.
 
“He’s the man,” said Ritvo while watching her stable star get his bath. “I think he knows he won, just the way he walked back after the race. He’s a smart horse.”
 
 

 

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Uh oh. Tom's here. Gotta stay a little longer now. Tom, long time no see. Yeah, I'm torn about the Clark. 30 seconds after the BCC, I told my better half "I hope he goes to the Clark." But, after thinking about it I not sure it's the best move. Plus if Game On Dude goes, he will be a monster in that race...Just like Shackleford. WTC would be forced to run huge to chase him down, IMO.
BP, good to chat with you again. Always enlightening. Gotta hit the sack, catch everyone later.
Hello Jay,how have you been.Do not know if i congratulated you on your guy or not.He showed he is a star.Just hoping they let him go home and lift those legs and put them on the coffee table.This ridiculous talk of Louisville on or about Gobble day is sheer nonsense.Easy formula to make a porential Horse of the year 4yo into a retired 3yo.
Exterminator and Peanuts. That's awesome. Those sound great. I mean, who wouldn't love to see the likes of a Curlin leading a Post Parade? I sure would.
Yes, Chris Lincoln. Thanks CFC.
Jay, the name of the ESPN host was Chris Lincoln.
I remember that day when he retired. Years ago they would have a retirement day for a top horse. For instance Whirlaway, Citation, MOW, Equipoise and Stymie among others had special retirement day when the fans came out. I have a very old picture of Exterminator and his tiny companion pony named Peanuts leading a post parade at Pimlico for a race named in his honor.
I've got an old VHS tape produced by ESPN about Secretariat, hosted by Dave Lincoln (I think it's Dave). One of my favorite parts is when they show Big Red making one last appearance at the track, and 33,000 fans showed-up on a non race day. Mrs Penny said as they led Big Red off the track, that he seemed a bit confused, like "Aren't I gonna run???"
BP, very nice sentiments about Kelso. Well said. Can't think of a better way for him to go than going to sleep to the sounds of the applause he'd heard earlier in the day. ^^^Funny Cide and Cigar would be a huge draw. It's so simple, hard to imagine why it doesn't happen more. I guess cause the decision makers are more bean-counterish types instead of racing enthusiasts.
Jay. Yes the print is one of my favorite, especially since Kelso would die the next day. By the way, he was very happy being on the track that day. In truth I don't think Kelso in his heart ever really left.
Jay. It would be nice to see Cigar or Funny Cide again as well. I know the Kentucky Horse Park sent the great pacer Won the West to the Brown Jug in Ohio to lead the post parade for a race on the card named in his honor. As an aside, I have always wondered why the tracks don't do more old timers day. In NY, it was a huge hit, I remember one in 1963 where you have top jockeys like Arcaro, Dooley who rode Elkridge, Willie Knapp who rode Exterminator etc. It was a real who's who of top people in racing and very popular with fans.
Kelso, Forego, and Big John Henry on the same track at the same time. What a sight to behold. I would imagine that print has special value in the BP collection.
That's a great story BP. I didn't realize that had happened. Someone mentioned (tv, I think) that Silky Sullivan used to make an annual appearance at one of the California tracks. You know how awesome it would be if a 33 yr old Turkoman could walk in front of the crowd at SA? If course, I know that a horse of that age can't really handle the travel, but would be good to see him again.
Jay. I agree. I remember many an old timers day at Aqueduct that had great horses like Kelso, Carry Back, Amber Diver, Find etc. Who lead the post parade. It was great to see them and there was always a full house. I remember Kelso and Forego leading the post parade for the JCGC that John Henry was in in 1983. I have a print by Richard Stone Reeves that shows all three horses at Belmont that day in October 1983.
EP, MMM Classic Champion does have a nice ring, no doubt. My wallet woulda been a little more swole if he'd grabbed that title last year. :)
IMO...this is the type of PR that racing really needs. Plus it's just plain classy and fun.
Classic Champion....has a good ring to it :)

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