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Mucho Macho Man wins 2013 Awesome Again Stakes.
Photo: Benoit Photo
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.           

“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 anybody.”                       




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