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 greeted by trainer Kathy Ritvo.
“He looks great,” said Ritvo.
Mucho Macho Man received a long bath before returning to his familiar stall in Barn 4 on the Gulfstream backstretch. The Florida-bred champion scored local victories in the Sunshine Millions Classic and Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) in 2012.
The Classic winner will make an appearance at Gulfstream Park Saturday. On a program that will celebrate Florida-breds with the eight-race $1 million Florida Sunshine Millions Preview, Mucho Macho Man will be brought to the saddling enclosure and walking ring with the horses entered in the $150,000 Classic Preview race at approximately 2:30 p.m. Fans will be able to take pictures of the Horse of the Year candidate while he circles the walking ring.
The first 2,000 fans who purchase a Gulfstream Park program will receive a free Mucho Macho Man t-shirt on Saturday.
A decision about whether Mucho Macho Man will race again next year or be retired to stud has not been made.
“We’re going to let him get settled in this week then start talking,” Ritvo said.
Should he return to action in 2014, Ritvo said that a start at Gulfstream was very possible while the $10 million Dubai World Cup would be an option.
While all options for Mucho Macho Man are being weighed, he could return to the track this week.
“He might go back in a couple days, as long as he’s not too tired,” Ritvo said.
Mucho Macho Man gave all the right signals to his trainer after arriving at Gulfstream Wednesday.
“He’s the man,” said Ritvo while watching her stable star get his bath. “I think he knows he won, just the way he walked back after the race. He’s a smart horse.”
–Gulfstream Park Publicity
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