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Breeders' Cup 2017

Mucho Macho Man Drills Strong Woodward Bullet

Sensational Suburban Handicap winner Mucho Macho Man returned to the work tab for the first time since his July 7 victory with a bullet five-furlong breeze on the Oklahoma training track Sunday morning.


Under regular exercise rider Nick Petro, the 4-year-old Macho Uno colt was timed in 47 seconds by NYRA clockers, the fastest of 37 horses.


“He’s very good,” said Kathy Ritvo, who trains Mucho Macho Man for Reeves Thoroughbred Racing. “He loves to train. He really relaxes, and he had a good work today.”


Though it was his regularly scheduled work day, Mucho Macho Man had one small adjustment made to his routine on Sunday, a remnant of the recent rainy weather.


“Instead of working at 5:30 [a.m.] like we usually do, I waited for the track to dry a little at 7:30,” Ritvo said. “We got a little traffic, but he worked good. There were two horses in front of him for someone else, and he came up on the inside of them and finished well.”


Mucho Macho Man captured the Grade 2 Suburban by 2 ½ lengths over Hymn Book at Belmont Park, running the nine furlongs in 1:46.58. It was his third win in four starts this year, including the Sunshine Millions Classic and Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap.


The $750,000 Woodward will be run Saturday, September 1. It will be the second lifetime start at Saratoga for Mucho Macho Man, a veteran of all three Triple Crown races in 2011 who was third in a maiden race here on August 21, 2010.


In all, Mucho Macho Man has six wins, three seconds, four thirds and $1.3 million in purse earnings from 16 career starts.


“He’s serious about his work now,” Ritvo said. “He’s always been pretty serious, but he has really come into his own. He’s a June 15th foal, so it’s going to take him some time to mature. He’s always been a pretty smart horse; he’s just starting to grow into his body and put on a lot of muscle.


“What I love about him is he’s professional and he’s consistent,” said Ritvo. “You put the bridle on to go over in the afternoon, and he just settles right down. He’s a gentleman. It’s a lot of fun to watch him run.”




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AnnaK the reason NE Africans kick butt is first they are built "Bird like" very little mass plus they get the country's best athelete's and it's their national sport. Japan in Judo, China in Table Tennis, South Korea in Archery
They race less now because the trainer's are scared plain and simple, all they can think about is the big pay day (sindication). We blame it on the breeding yet the Euro's get a lot of our horse's and kick ass. Bred in USA.
To look at stamina from a human angle, marathoners when in full training can run the equivalent of 5 marathons a week. The main reason why NE Africans flatten everyone else at this event is that they train primarily for endurance, with the speed being fine tuned on that. Imagine even training for 5 marathons a week. The cardiovascular is the easiest aspect, far harder is the years of pounding muscles, tendons etc. into bullet proof durability. I know nothing about how they train horses nowadays, but it seems that the way horses trained and ran even a few decades ago, and never broke down the way they do now, is more in alignment with training primarily for durability, with speed built on that.
I hear MMM's work has opposing trainers thinking about other races.
Buckpasser, back in the day, and it’s not that long ago, every year there were multiple horses carrying 130 lbs. and up. Some fillies, like Ta Wee, carried big weights in sprints, including the 140 and 142 lbs. she carried in her last two races (wins), but not a lot were asked to carry 130 lbs. or more in a route. Zenyatta carrying 129 lbs. twice was quite a feat when you consider that as good as Gallorette was, she was never asked to carry more than 128 lbs. in a route and then only at 8.5F. Personal Ensign topped out at 125 lbs., Lady’s Secret at 129 when winning the 9F Ruffian by 8 lengths in 1.46 4/5, Susan’s Girl 130 on turf and 128 on dirt. And then there was Gamely who won the 9F Vanity carrying 131 lbs. (her stable-mate Princessnesian was second carrying 128 lbs.). Gamely also won a one mile handicap at Saratoga under 132 lbs. and was the DQ’d winner of the Diana at 130 lbs. Here is something strange. Two horses that we consider two of the three best all time in N/A, never won a race carrying 130 or more lbs. Citation carried 130 to 132 lbs. four times in a row, but never won and the most he ever won with was 128 lbs. Secretariat’s top winning weight was 126 lbs. against three year olds and 124 against older. And Yeats, to his credit, carried as much as 138 lbs. for up to 2 1/2 miles, truly a herculean feat. I know that in Europe they are assigned greater weights, but usually the entire or most of the field carries those weights or close to it not like in N/A where horses that carry these weights are running in handicaps and usually give large weight concessions.
Laz. Great facts about Shut Out and Whirlaway.
Laz. Roseben was an incredible weight carrier--the Big Train. Armed was one of the greatest geldings of all time, fourth or fifth on my list. No three yr olds today could carry weight. 130lbs. Is unheard of even for what passes for top handicap horses today.
Hey Footlick. I see that some of the old guys are out tonight.
great discussion buckpasser and Laz!
Buckpasser it’s rare for three year olds to carry 130 lbs. or more in a route race at three and especially against other three year olds. Round Table did it and so did the aforementioned Whirlaway and Shut Out. I guess that Man O War set the standard for weight carriers when assigned 130 lbs. several times at two and would carry as much as 138 lbs. at three, but there have been so many other great weight carriers. The greatest in N/A from what I can see was Roseben was assigned between 140 lbs. and 149 lbs. something like 27 times and 150 lbs. twice, one of which he lost by a little more than a length to a horse named Ben Ban who carried 92 lbs. Armed was another that could carry weight and in the 1945 Fall Highweight he finished 2nd carrying 135 lbs. to True North who carried 140 lbs.
Buckpasser. Here’s something interesting when measuring today’s horses against some of the greats of the past. When Whirlaway won the Travers in 1941 and Shut Out in 1942, both carried 130 lbs. I couldn’t imagine a three year old being asked to do that today.
We also don't have trainers that properly condition a horse. Laz as you point out Carry Back raced 21 times as a two yr old but he was conditioned properly and was a very durable horse facing Kelso and many others, even going to France for the Arc. Yeats was another horse that was conditioned properly and lasted as a top horse. Weight carrying these days in nothing but a joke. Laz could you see any horse carrying the weights that Kelso carried consistently 130s plus or Ta Wee carrying 137 or higher in the Vosburgh or the Fall high weight. 126 is about the most our horses could carry. As I have said before the top horses today are pale reflections of the greats of the past.
Laz. Quite true we throw around the term great indiscriminately. We have two yr old on this site that have run twice and people are dubbing them the next Affirmed. How many two yr olds have been flashes in the pan.
Buckpasser as usual you hit the nail squarely on the head. It makes me wonder when the term greatness is thrown around so lightly as it is today. Your thoughts about the good old days sure brings the accomplishments of today’s stars into question. When was the last time we saw not one, but two horses run in the same race and carry in excess of 130 lbs. The Derby, Preakness winner Carry Back ran 21 times as a two year old and yet never ran in a route race (8.5F) until his 19th start. He never ran in the two mile JCGC but he ran in 19 races 1 3/16M and longer. The outstanding marathon horse Yeats who retired in 2009 ran his first race at a mile. His next 25 races were never less than 10F and 7 of them were at 2 1/2miles. He won 8 Group One races including the Ascot Gold Cup and the Irish St. Leger. Pity, but these accomplishments will forever be a distant memory, at least in N/A.
If my memory serves me the Lawrence Realization was 1 5/8 for a number of years. I believe Buckpasser and others in the 60s won it at that distance. It was changed to 1 1/2 miles and then finally dumbed down to 1 1/4.
To call the Breeders Cup a marathon is to me a joke. 2 miles was the normal distance for the JCGC. Any horse that wanted to be HOY won it. 1 3/4 miles is a marathon for our horses, but not for horses from the past.
Racing less and the shortening of races seem to go hand in hand. Racing 10 or more starts as a two yr old was common place for years. And more as a three yr old. Frankly it was common place to race many horses every three days. We have to shorten races because we breed horses with no stamina. Then we race even less and wonder why they break down. As an example BArbaro had what 7 starts combined for his two and three yr old campaigns. We then take these horses that have barely campaigned and we breed them to mares that are unraced or have started less and wonder why they can't hold up. Johnny Nerud, one of the greatest trainers of all time said that this lack of campaigning is helping to break down the breed. The JCGC used to be two miles and any horse who was HOY won it.
There seems to be a new thought in racing and that is that greatness can only be accomplished by doiing less. Don't forget that many consider the two best horses in the world currently racing are a six furlong specialist and a mile specialist.
Not enough east coast Grade I 10 furlong races period. And the JCGC seems to be used primarily as a prep for the BC Marathon runners these days. California did it right in keeping their big three caps at 10 furlongs.
Why does Saratoga have two Grade 1 races for older horses at 1 1/8 miles, the Whitney and the Woodward, and none at 1 1/4 miles?

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