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Breeders' Cup 2017

Mucho Macho Man to Run in Big Cap

Four months after his victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), Florida-bred fan favorite Mucho Macho Man will be returning to Santa Anita for his next start.

Following Mucho Macho Man’s blazing five-furlong work Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park, trainer Kathy Ritvo and Finn Green, racing manager for owners Dean and Patti Reeves, said the 6-year-old son of Macho Uno will run in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (G1) on March 8.

"There were some great opportunities for him, but the horse is telling us he’s getting ready now,” Ritvo said. “We thought long and hard about where to go, and we have to do what we feel is best for the horse. I think he’d run well wherever he went. We know about going to Santa Anita now, so it’s nice to go back.”

In addition to the Santa Anita Handicap, Mucho Macho Man was also being considered for the $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse on March 29. He won the Awesome Again (G1) at Santa Anita in his start prior to the Breeders’ Cup.

“The people in Dubai have been very kind and professional,” Green said. “We examined our options over a long period of time, and feel it’s the best thing for the horse to stay here and go to Santa Anita.

“It came down to what it’s always been with Kathy and I and what we feel was best for the horse. With a horse like him, you have to look at all of your options. At this stage in his career, there’s business considerations that you have to examine. The business considerations came out that it’s best to keep the horse here.”

Under regular exercise rider Nick Petro, Mucho Macho Man was clocked in 58.16 seconds for five furlongs, galloping out six-eighths in 1:10.77 over a fast main track. It was his second work since a dominant 14-length victory in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream on Jan. 18 to kick off his 2014 campaign.

“He did it nice and easy, too,” Ritvo said. “The track was fast, but he just did it easy. He’s a happy horse. He’s just doing really, really well right now.”


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Sounds like he is returning, do not know when but I am also anxious to see him
Ditto Sullivan. Charles town is 20 mins from my house so I will be there for sure this year!
Both strong horses, when is Cross Traffic returning, assuming he is?
3yo Champ verses BC Classic Champ verses 2 time and Defending Champ, not too shabby in any era!
I would like to see the Charlestown Classic come up big again
  • mkstorm · And now Take Charge has committed to the Big Cap! The top three older colts facing each other in March!! How often does this happen??? This is great for racing!!!! · 1343 days ago
only invincible horses are in walkovers
not like yesteryear at all. Used to be a big East/West affair
looks like the Big Cap will indeed live up to its billing! A solid prospective field is taking shape.
He will win in Dubai. At 1 and 1/8 he is invincible
The Reeves' and Sivo's deserve a round of applause for ignoring the $$$ and running domestically for their fans. Always do right by the horse.
  • EP Taylor · Also a side note. IF he went and won, he would be No. 1 all-time North American money earner surpassing Curlin. · 1345 days ago
ILTR, He is not going to Dubai. In this HRN article and one at BH, the connections say they made the Big Cap decision because they believe it is in the horse's best interest to stay "here". http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/83371/mucho-macho-man-to-start-in-big-cap
I strongly believe the Met Mile on Belmont day will be his next start after the Big Cap. Assuming he is sound.
I know Mucho Macho Man also holds an entry for the G1 Dubai World Cup, but if the Big Cap on March 8th is definite, you have to wonder if his connections will actually send him to Meydan? They'd almost literally have to come out of the Santa Anita Handicap and immediately start preparing to get him shipped to Dubai for the DWC which runs exactly 3 weeks after the Santa Anita Handicap. I hope I'm wrong, but I can't see them doing both races with Mucho Macho Man?
Connections have been told plenty in advance. See you in the gate in March!. Go Mooch!

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