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.