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Mucho Macho Man Retired From Racing

Michael Compton | 1 week ago
It was announced July 15 that Florida-bred Mucho Macho Man has been retired from racing. Bred by John and Carole Rio and owned by Dean and Patti Reeves, the 6-year-old son of Macho Uno—Ponche de Leona, by Ponche, will stand stud at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Farm alongside his sire. Mucho Macho Man captured this […](Read more...) Read More...

Mucho Macho Man, won 2013 BC Classic, retired to stud

DRF | 1 week ago
Mucho Macho Man, the reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, has been retired, Adena Springs Farm announced Tuesday. Read More...

Mucho Macho Man still in light training due to bruised ankles

DRF | 1 month ago
Mucho Macho Man, who has not started since his fourth-place finish March 8 in the Santa Anita Handicap, remains in light training at Gulfstream Park after being diagnosed with bruising of the hind ankles, according to his trainer, Kathy Ritvo.
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Mucho Macho Man in no rush to return to work tab

DRF | 3 months ago
Trainer Kathy Ritvo said Friday that Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man continues to gallop regularly but is still several weeks away from returning to the work tab. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Mucho Macho Man back at it

DRF | 4 months ago
Mucho Macho Man returned to the track for the first time here Monday since his fourth-place finish nine days earlier in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Mucho Macho Man regroups

DRF | 4 months ago
Mucho Macho Man returned to his winter home at Gulfstream Park late Wednesday afternoon following his fourth-place finish in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap. Read More...

Santa Anita: Game On Dude shows he’s still got game in Big Cap

DRF | 5 months ago
Trainer Bob Baffert’s admiration for Game On Dude reached a new level after the $750,750 Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday. The race was almost two hours old when Baffert was told that Game On Dude’s winning time of 1:58.17 for 1 1/4 miles was a stakes record in the 77th running of the historic race. Read More...

Game On Dude blazes to third Santa Anita Handicap victory

DRF | 5 months ago
Game On Dude had a one-length lead over Will Take Charge on the turn of Saturday’s $750,750 Santa Anita Handicap when jockey Mike Smith sensed he was on the verge of Santa Anita racing history. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: Santa Anita Handicap reclaims its glorious past

DRF | 5 months ago
There are so few four-legged celebrities to go around these days that to find two of them in the starting gate at the same time is cause for a national holiday. Presenting Mucho Macho Man vs. Will Take Charge, Round 2. Read More...

Big ‘Cap Attracts Star Power Like the Old Days

When I moved to Southern California in 1979, the biggest day of the year on the local horse racing calendar was not the Santa Anita Derby or Hollywood Derby (which at that time was a dirt race in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Santa Anita: Mucho Macho Man is 124-pound highweight in Big Cap

DRF | 5 months ago
Mucho Macho Man is alone at the top of the weights for Saturday’s $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap with an assignment of 124 pounds for the meeting’s top race for older horses. Read More...

Santa Anita: Game On Dude no longer Big Cap’s brightest star

DRF | 5 months ago
For a two-time former winner, Game On Dude needs a big race in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 8 to restore his standing in the handicap division. Read More...

Santa Anita: Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge may scare rivals away from Big Cap

DRF | 5 months ago
The presence of top older males Mucho Macho Man and Will Take Charge in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 8 may limit the size of the field. As of Sunday, a field of eight or nine was expected for the Big Cap, with a few trainers taking a wait-and-see approach as to whether they will have a runner. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Mucho Macho Man tunes up for Santa Anita Handicap

DRF | 5 months ago
Mucho Macho Man completed his local preparations for Santa Anita’s Big Cap on March 8 by going an easy five furlongs in 1:02.56 over a lightning-fast track here Saturday. Mucho Macho Man was scheduled to fly to Southern California on Sunday. Read More...

Santa Anita: Will Take Charge to face Mucho Macho Man in Santa Anita Handicap

DRF | 5 months ago
Will Take Charge, the champion 3-year-old male of 2013, will make his next start in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 8, trainer D. Wayne Lukas told Santa Anita officials Monday. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Mucho Macho Man will skip World Cup and point to Santa Anita Handicap

DRF | 5 months ago
The connections of Mucho Macho Man said Saturday that the reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic champion will return to the scene of his finest hour to make his next start in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap on March 8. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Mucho Macho Man sharp in first work since Sunshine Millions victory

DRF | 6 months ago
It was back to serious work for Mucho Macho Man early Saturday morning, with the reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic winner breezing an easy half-mile over a very fast track in 46.91 seconds under regular exercise rider Nick Petro Jr. Read More...

Eclipse Awards: Wise Dan repeats as Horse of the Year

DRF | 6 months ago
Wise Dan completed an unprecedented trifecta Saturday night, becoming the first horse to win three Eclipse Awards in consecutive years by making off with titles as 2013 Horse of the Year, champion older male, and champion male turf horse – the same categories he swept in 2012 – at the 43rd annual Eclipse Awards dinner at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Mucho Macho Man an Easy Winner in Sunshine Millions Classic

Michael Compton | 6 months ago
Jockey Gary Stevens had a message for trainer Kathy Ritvo following Mucho Macho Man’s 14-length tally in the $400,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. “Congratulations,” said the Hall of Fame jockey following the reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner’s 14-length romp in the finale of Saturday’s $1.3 million Sunshine Millions program, ‘you’re [...](Read more...) Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Mucho Macho Man cruises in Sunshine Millions Classic

DRF | 6 months ago
Mucho Macho Man got paid $240,000 for a public workout Saturday at Gulfstream Park, kicking off his 2014 campaign by cruising to a very popular 14-length victory over Joshua’s Comprise and four other overmatched rivals in the $400,000 Sunshine Millions Classic. Read More...

Mucho Macho Man’s BC Classic win selected as 2013 NTRA Moment of the Year

DRF | 6 months ago
The win by Mucho Macho Man in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic has been selected in an online poll as the Moment of the Year, the organizers of the poll announced Friday. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Mucho Macho Man stands out in Sunshine Millions Classic

DRF | 6 months ago
It may not be a walkover, but it’s hard to make a case for anybody other than Mucho Macho Man winning Saturday’s $400,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Gourmet Dinner tackles familiar foe in Sunshine Millions Classic

DRF | 6 months ago
Gourmet Dinner, who finished ahead of Mucho Macho Man twice as a 2-year-old, shipped to Gulfstream Park to take on Eclipse Award finalist Mucho Macho Man in Saturday's Florida Sunshine Millions Classic. Read More...

Mucho Macho Man Set for Sunshine Millions Classic

Michael Compton | 6 months ago
Mucho Macho Man, the reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, went to the track at Gulfstream Park Wednesday to continue preparation for Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Classic. The 6-year-old son of Macho Uno went to the track  around 7:30 a.m. following a heavy rainstorm, said Kathy Ritvo, who trains Mucho Macho Man for owners Dean and Patti [...](Read more...) Read More...

Gulfstream Park clocker highlights: Mucho Macho Man works

DRF | 6 months ago
Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man completed preparations for his 2014 debut next week in the Sunshine Millions Classic by breezing a sharp half-mile in 47.97 seconds Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Mucho Macho Man headed to Sunshine Millions

DRF | 6 months ago
Trainer Kathy Ritvo made it official early Friday afternoon when she confirmed that Gulfstream Park’s Sunshine Millions Classic will be the starting point for Mucho Macho Man’s 2014 campaign. Read More...

Wise Dan named a finalist in three Eclipse Award categories

DRF | 7 months ago
Wise Dan, who last year became the first horse since John Henry in 1981 to win three Eclipse Awards in the same year, has a chance to do the same thing again this year, having been named a finalist for Horse of the Year, champion older horse, and champion male turf horse – the three categories he won a year ago – when the finalists in all Eclipse Award divisions for 2013 were announced Wednesday. Read More...

Mucho Macho Man wins Vox Populi Award for 2013

DRF | 7 months ago
Mucho Macho Man, who returned from a five-month layoff recuperating from bacterial and viral infections to win back-to-back Grade 1 stakes, is the winner of the fourth annual Secretariat Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award. Read More...

Mucho Macho Man Selected to Receive Vox Populi Award

Michael Compton | 7 months ago
Mucho Macho Man, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, has been selected to receive the 2013 Secretariat Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People” Award. The award recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing. Mucho Macho Man was the unanimous favorite among [...](Read more...) Read More...

Andrew Beyer: Mucho Macho Man deserving of Horse of the Year title

DRF | 7 months ago
As a voter for the Eclipse Awards, I take my ballot seriously, and I fretted for weeks over the Horse of the Year choice until I saw the light. Mucho Macho Man should win the sport’s top honor. His credentials may be imperfect, but Wise Dan’s claims to the title are spurious. Read More...

Gulfstream Park notes: Mucho Macho Man stretches legs in workout

DRF | 8 months ago
Each long journey begins with one small step. And so it was for Mucho Macho Man, who took the first tiny step toward defending his Breeders’ Cup Classic championship next fall at Santa Anita by working an easy three furlongs in 37.64 seconds Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Mucho Macho Man to Remain in Training for 2014 Season

Michael Compton | 8 months ago
The connections of Mucho Macho Man announced Wednesday that their 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner will stay in training for the 2014 racing season. A title defense in the Classic at Santa Anita next November is the primary goal for the Kathy Ritvo-trained 6-year-old son of Macho Uno. “We just decided for sure (Tuesday) that [...](Read more...) Read More...

Gulfstream: Mucho Macho Man will race in 2014

DRF | 8 months ago
Mucho Macho Man’s legion of fans had reason to rejoice on Wednesday after trainer Kathy Ritvo and stable manager Finn Green confirmed the decision to race the defending Breeders’ Cup Classic champion again in 2014. Read More...

Six finalists for Secretariat Vox Populi Award announced

DRF | 8 months ago
Six horses, including last year’s winner, have been nominated for the 2013 Secretariat Vox Populi Award, which was instituted four years ago by the owners of Secretariat to “recognize the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public,” the organizers of the award have announced. Read More...

Gulfstream Park: Mucho Macho Man gallops

DRF | 8 months ago
Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man got the opportunity to really stretch his legs for the first time since his return from Santa Anita when he galloped early Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park. Read More...

Mucho Macho Man Back at Gulfstream Park

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Breeders’ Cup Classic victor Mucho Macho Man returned to his Florida roots Wednesday, arriving at Gulfstream Park just before noon following a cross-country flight from Southern California. Upon arriving at Palm Beach International airport on a flight that originated in Los Angeles, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Breeders’ Cup hero was vanned to Gulfstream, where he was [...](Read more...) Read More...

Mucho Macho Man returns home to Gulfstream Park

DRF | 9 months ago
Mucho Macho Man returned to his winter home at Gulfstream Park late Wednesday morning, where the scene was a lot quieter than it was several days earlier at Santa Anita following his game victory over Will Take Charge in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Read More...

Dick Jerardi: Another tough-beat Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 9 months ago
I got disqualified out of the pick five. I had five of six in the pick six. Other than that, Breeders’ Cup Saturday went quite well. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Mucho Macho Man’s trainer Ritvo expresses gratitude

DRF | 9 months ago
The morning after reaching the pinnacle of her racing career, trainer Kathy Ritvo was both excited and contemplative over what she and her horse, Mucho Macho Man, had accomplished in winning the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Mucho Macho Man Prevails in Thrilling Breeders’ Cup Classic

Michael Compton | 9 months ago
Florida-bred Mucho Macho Man proudly carried the Sunshine State’s banner to a thrilling victory in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Saturday at Santa Anita. With Gary Stevens in the irons, Mucho Macho Man rated off the early pace in fourth. He ranged up menacingly five-wide outside race favorite Game on Dude around the [...](Read more...) Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Mucho Macho Man, Stevens win a thriller

DRF | 9 months ago
On Saturday, in tandem, Gary Stevens and Kathy Ritvo completed the comeback story of the year. Stevens, who returned to riding early in the year, and Ritvo, able to follow her passion of training with a transplanted heart in her chest, won the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic with Mucho Macho Man, who survived a thrilling three-horse duel to the wire. Read More...

Andrew Beyer: Horse of the Year title on the line at Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 9 months ago
One year ago, the choice for Horse of the Year was settled in the final hour of the Breeders’ Cup. Wise Dan defeated high-class international competition to capture the Mile and establish his supremacy as a grass specialist. When Game On Dude, regarded as the country’s best dirt runner, flopped in the Classic, he handed the sport’s top honor to Wise Dan. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Opening furlong might determine winner

DRF | 9 months ago
They’re putting the band back together! Five of the runners from last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, including the top four finishers, have returned for this year’s running Saturday at Santa Anita. What with $5 million in prize money up for grabs, they’ll be on a mission. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Game On Dude gets comfortable post

DRF | 9 months ago
After a morning that went ideally for Game On Dude with his final workout, co-owner Bernie Schiappa anxiously awaited the draw on Monday afternoon for the post positions for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. There was an audible sigh of relief from him when Game On Dude landed post 9 in the field of 12 for the Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Lukas gets clear view of Will Take Charge working

DRF | 9 months ago
On a morning when fog obscured the view from Santa Anita's pressbox, trainer D. Wayne Lukas got a clear look at Will Take Charge as he prepped for the Breeders' Cup Classic. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup workouts: Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge gallop

DRF | 9 months ago
Thursday proved to be the calm before the storm for Breeders’ Cup hopefuls training at Santa Anita, with the majority of activity confined to routine jogs and gallops. Only one Breeders’ Cup contender, the multiple Grade 1 winner Jeranimo (Mile), turned in a recorded workout. Read More...

Santa Anita: Mucho Macho Man finishes well in Breeders’ Cup Classic drill

DRF | 9 months ago
Mucho Macho Man continued his strong training for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2 with a five-furlong move on a gorgeous Saturday morning at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Mucho Macho Man, Moreno work

DRF | 9 months ago
Mucho Macho Man, in his first work since capturing the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes two weeks ago, went a half-mile in company at Santa Anita on Saturday, the first of three breezes scheduled by trainer Kathy Ritvo as final preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: Gary Stevens getting his second wind

DRF | 10 months ago
It wasn’t enough that Gary Stevens won three major stakes over the weekend at Santa Anita Park to set the table for a potentially big Breeders’ Cup, while giving further lie to the fact that he is coming off a seven-year retirement at the age of 50. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Five-way rematch in offing

DRF | 10 months ago
The first four finishers from last years’ Breeders’ Cup Classic plus the beaten favorite in that race all appear headed to a rematch in this year’s $5 million Classic Nov. 2 at Santa Anita following victories by Fort Larned, Mucho Macho Man, and Ron the Greek in their final preps Saturday. Read More...