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 Reeves.
“It was raining really hard this morning, but it stopped by the time he went out,” Ritvo said. “We do it for every race. He went good. He’s very professional. He went up there, galloped and then stood in the gate, backed out and came home. He walked most of the way home. It was all very good.”
Ritvo also plans to school Mucho Macho Man in the Gulfstream Park paddock during the opener of Thursday’s 10-race card, which has a first post of 12:40 p.m.
“We don’t school in the paddock every time because we watch the weather, but since everything is going very well we’ll take him over,” Ritvo said. “He’ll just take a walk. It’s good for him to get out.
“When we get a chance and it works out fine, we will school him. He doesn’t have to be there, but it tells him – the gate and the paddock – that it’s time to run. He’s very professional. It’s just good for him.”
The Classic caps a six-race, $1.3 million Sunshine Millions program highlighting Florida-bred horses. Among the horses expected to challenge Mucho Macho Man are Bernie the Maestro, Joshua’s Comprise, Decaf Again, Gourmet Dinner and Rule Number Six.
“He’s clued in to what’s happening the next couple of days,” said Finn Green, racing manager for Reeves Thoroughbred Racing. “He knows what’s going on. He’s ready.”
–Gulfstream Park Publicity
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