06/14/2013 4:49PM

Belmont: San Pablo upsets Mucho Macho Man in Criminal Type

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ELMONT, N.Y. - Mucho Macho Man’s return to the races was spoiled by the return of San Pablo, who ran by Mucho Macho Man in mid-stretch and drew clear to win Friday’s $90,000 Criminal Type Stakes at Belmont Park by 3 1/2 lengths.

Mucho Macho Man, who made the lead after pressing fairly solid fractions, flattened out to finish third, three-quarters of a length behind Hymn Book.

Mucho Macho Man, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up, was making his first start since being pulled up in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream in January.

Mucho Macho Man broke sharply under Edgar Prado, and he found himself pressing longshot Sovereign Default through a quarter in 23.07 seconds and a half-mile in 45.81 seconds. Mucho Macho Man took the lead approaching the five-sixteenths pole and turned for home in front, but he gave way in the stretch to San Pablo, who rallied to his outside, and Hymn Book, who came up along his inside.

“He seemed like he was happy there pricking his ears, galloping along,” Prado said. “When they came to me around the turn, I let him go a notch and he responded well, and actually, I thought he was home free. The last part, he didn’t quit, but he just got even.”

San Pablo, making his first start since finishing sixth in the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap on March 9, won for the 10th time in 18 starts. He covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.14 and returned $11.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said he may wheel San Pablo back in the Grade 2 Suburban here on July 6.

Kathy Ritvo, the trainer of Mucho Macho Man - who won last year’s Suburban - said she was pleased with her horse’s effort but wouldn’t divulge where he would run next. Since Mucho Macho Man is lacking a Grade 1 win, a race like the Whitney at Saratoga on Aug. 3 would be a candidate.

“We have a plan," Ritvo said. "We’ll see how he comes back, and he’ll tell us if it’s the right one.”

Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
actually not such a bad run off a layoff. he came up keen, ran on a hot pace, made the lead and tired late. he can build off this in his next start. if he eats up and feels good he's live at this trip or even a bit longer next out. picture him a little more relaxed, just off a more sensible pace.
Dick More than 1 year ago
I shoved all my losing tickets up my butt!! on MMM http://thetwistgossip.com/2011/11/18/x-ray-photos-from-the-book-stuck-up/
Gee More than 1 year ago
Paynter looked sharp won easy, 23/2 45/3 109/2 121/3
Gunner More than 1 year ago
Didn't realize one could crow about a 2.80 winner on a track facing the wrecking-ball. Who Knu?
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
A bit of a disappointment, but MMM is attempting to get up to speed. We'll see after his next race. Certainly his 2013 campaign appears to be in shatters.
Gunner More than 1 year ago
All this chitter-chatter Chitter-chatter, You've been shattered My life in tatters Ah, look at me, I'm all shattered Shattered Watch The Rolling Stones
DavidC More than 1 year ago
Hey listen the old man did what he could do and no more at this time. So, for those who like Mucho macho man give him the respect he deserves cause it ain't easy beening a champion runner and maintaining winning form! he'll win a few more races before his career comes to a end!. He's still a Champion
J.L. Boey More than 1 year ago
What champion? Maybe at burning chalk money, a stellar 1 of 7 as the favorite.
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
He looked pretty flat, but no way he was prepped to peak here. The 'plan' that the trainer refers to has in all likelihood involves a return to the Breeders Cup, so the next time out MMM should be ready to go. (Interesting synchronicity that Paynter returns on the very same day. If those two should meet in the BC Classic..)
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Pretty great ride for Paynter.