Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) hero Mucho Macho Man stepped up his
preparation for his 2014 debut, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 Sunday at
Gulfstream Park. The 5-year-old son of Macho Uno galloped out six
furlongs in 1:14 under regular exercise rider Nick Petro Jr.
Photo: Benoit Photo
“He was just feeling so good, we let him do a little more today,”
trainer Kathy Ritvo said. “He did great.” Ritvo said she,
stable manager Finn Green, and owners Dean and Patti Reeves were still
weighing their options for Mucho Macho Man’s next start. The $400,000
Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 18 and the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1)
on Feb. 8 are two of those options at Gulfstream Park.
Mucho Macho Man’s connections announced on Dec. 4 that their
strapping handicap star would return for a fifth racing season.“No one
could have been happier than I was to get another year of great training
from him. I know he got off to a slow start but he finished up the year
great. He’s just showing all the right signs. He’s a pleasure. He’s
very happy. He’s been doing very well since the Breeders’ Cup and has
been training well since he got here. His coat looks great and his
weight is great.”
Ritvo is hopeful Mucho Macho Man will campaign this year as an Eclipse champion.
“He got a little slow start, but he beat all the best horses when it
counted,” Ritvo said. “I wouldn’t trade horses with