Trainer Henry Collazo is scheduled to ship Mucho Mas Macho from
Calder to Gulfstream Park Sunday for a workout over the turf course in
preparation for a start in the $150,000 Pan American (G2) on March 23.
Mucho Mas Macho hasn’t run since Jan. 12, when he closed from far
off the pace at odds of $41.60-1 to win the $150,000 Fort Lauderdale
(G2) by a neck at Gulfstream. Collazo opted to skip the Mac Diarmida
(G2) in favor of waiting for the Pan American.
“I’d rather concentrate on spacing my races out, so I can get to the
end-of-the-year goal,” said Collazo, superstitiously avoiding the
words: Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). “I just want to take everything one race
at a time.”
Collazo shipped the 4-year-old gelding to Gulfstream on Feb. 17 for a five-furlong workout over the turf course.
“I like to work him on the grass because I think he gets more out of
the works when I do work him on the grass. I can maintain him over the
track at Calder,” he said.
Mucho Mas Macho has won four of nine starts on grass and finished a
strong second in the 1 ½-mile McKnight (G2) at Calder on Nov. 24 before
cutting back to 1 1/16 miles for the Fort Lauderdale, in which he closed
from ninth in mid-stretch to capture his first graded stakes.
“He’s a push-button horse and the rapport (jockey) Juan Leyva has
with him makes him a lot more versatile. He’s the kind of horse who
could probably go two miles and then give you a quarter mile or go a
mile and give you a quarter mile,” Collazo said. “He always has
something in the tank when you ask him to give it to you.”
Collazo expects the 4-year-old son of Macho Uno to continue to improve.
“I’ve been doing this for a long time and I’ve been around a lot of nice horses, and he’s special,” Collazo said.