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Breeders' Cup 2017

Mucho Macho Man Back Home

Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Mucho Macho Man has settled back into familiar surroundings at trainer Kathy Ritvo’s Gulfstream Park barn following his cross-country trip to California.           

The 6-year-old Florida-bred fan favorite arrived at his winter home early Wednesday evening, four days after finishing fourth behind Game On Dude in the March 8 Santa Anita Handicap (G1).            

Owned by Frank Stronach and Dean and Patti Reeves, Mucho Macho Man has yet to go back to the track since the race, where he was also beaten by 2013 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge and caught late for third by Blingo.           

“We’ll check him out and see how he is and let him tell us when he’s ready to go back to the track,” Ritvo said. “When he tells us he’s ready, we’ll send him back to the track to jog.”           

Winner of the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream on Jan. 18 in his seasonal debut, Mucho Macho Man was making his first start at Santa Anita since winning the Awesome Again (G1) on Sept. 28 and the Classic on Nov. 2, the latter by a nose over Will Take Charge. Game On Dude was a distant ninth as the favorite in the Classic.           

“He looks good,” Ritvo said. “I’m not big on excuses. He took a lot of dirt, and I think the track was a little different than it was before, but that’s OK. We had a lot of rain out there, too, so we missed some training days. I don’t like excuses. It was just a lot of little things.”           

Ritvo said they are waiting to come up with a plan for Mucho Macho Man, who was eased on a sloppy track in the 2013 Sunshine Millions and didn’t return to the races until mid-June after spending some time at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland following a lung infection.           

“Everything is good. We’re in a better position this year than we were last year,” Ritvo said. “We’ll just let him tell us what we need to do. He’ll tell me when he’s ready to run again.”

 

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