04/19/2013 5:39PM

Fair Hill: No firm plans for Mucho Macho Man

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Barbara D. Livingston
Mucho Macho Man was pulled up in the Florida Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 19 and was later found to have a respiratory issue.

FAIR HILL, Md. - Mucho Macho Man looked good during a two-mile gallop Friday morning over the dirt surface at the Fair Hill training center, but when and where he returns to the races has not yet been decided.

Mucho Macho Man was pulled up in the Florida Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 19 and was later found to have a respiratory issue. He was shipped here in February to train and take advantage of the facilities at Fair Hill, including the hyperbaric chamber.

“We had a choice to go to New York or come here, and we decided to come here,” said trainer Kathy Ritvo, who was based in New York last year. “We almost came last year.”

Though Mucho Macho Man galloped Friday over the dirt, Ritvo said he has trained some over the Tapeta surface.

Ritvo said that a race on grass “always has” been a consideration for Mucho Macho Man, but she said that no decision on whether he will run on that surface has been made.”

“We’re not in a rush to do anything,” Ritvo said. “We’re going to let him come into his own. I want to put together enough works before the racing manager and I decide what we’re going to do.”

Mucho Macho Man, winner of the Grade 2 Suburban last summer and runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last fall, breezed three furlongs in 39 seconds over the dirt April 6. Ritvo said Mucho Macho Man could return to the work tab next week.

Terri Zeitz More than 1 year ago
Thanks for updating us on Mucho Macho Man. He has very classy connections. I have met his owners and trainer and her husband, the president of Gulfstream Park. They are lovely people. And thanks to Mike Smith, Uncle Mikey, for pulling up the grandson of Holy Bull. He pulled him up in the same race he pulled Holy Bull up, the Donn Handicap. ( I didn't know who I felt worse for the horse or Mike Smith). Thanks to all for continuing to do the best for Macho.Best wishes for a full recovery for Macho.
Terri Zeitz More than 1 year ago
Opps, he was pulled up in the Sunshine Millions. He happened to be pulled up on the same race track that Mike Smith pulled up Holy Bull.