01/18/2014 7:27PM

Gulfstream Park: Mucho Macho Man cruises in Sunshine Millions Classic

Barbara D. Livingston
Mucho Macho Man and jockey Gary Stevens win the Sunshine Millions Classic by 14 lengths Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Mucho Macho Man got paid $240,000 for a public workout Saturday at Gulfstream Park, kicking off his 2014 campaign by cruising to a very popular 14-length victory over Joshua’s Comprise and four other overmatched rivals in the $400,000 Sunshine Millions Classic.

The victory came in Mucho Macho Man’s first start since his game win over Will Take Charge in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic. The performance also made amends for what transpired in last year’s Sunshine Millions Classic, in which Mucho Macho Man was pulled up as the 2-5 favorite after failing to handle a sloppy racetrack.

With jockey Gary Stevens aboard, Mucho Macho Man rated off the early pace of Bernie the Maestro, who set very honest fractions of 23.08 and 46.25 seconds for the opening half-mile of the 1 1/8-mile Sunshine Millions Classic. Mucho Macho Man readily overtook the leader midway on the second turn, quickly opened a commanding advantage while racing well out from the rail, then steadily increased his lead with Stevens merely riding him out to the wire. 

Joshua’s Comprise was easily second-best, finishing 1 3/4 lengths in front of his uncoupled stablemate, Decaf Again. Bernie the Maestro was a tiring fourth, followed by Gourmet Dinner and Rule Number Six.

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Mucho Macho Man is owned by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and trained by Kathy Ritvo. He completed the distance in 1:48.76 and paid just $2.20 for his ninth victory in 24 starts. The $240,000 winner’s share of the purse increased Mucho Macho Man’s lifetime earnings to $5,580,410. 

“It was great; it was a lot of fun,” Ritvo said. “It was good to get him back. We put him in this race because he was ready to run. We really didn’t know who would be in the race. It’s always nice to win at home, and this is our home.”

Ritvo said no decision has been made as to when or where Mucho Macho Man might run next, although stable manager Finn Green mentioned the Santa Anita Handicap and Dubai World Cup as possible options.

Robert Johnson More than 1 year ago
No big deal running against weaker by older horses. Don't be fooled by 3 year olds who do the same. Ever hear of a horse named Verrazano?
mikey More than 1 year ago
Didn't Wise Dan got scolded for running against cream puffs??
John Nicoletti More than 1 year ago
The race was written by the Racing Secty, for MMMan. It is done all the time. The horses that ran second and third received a pretty nice paycheck Nothing new here. It is a common practice at most racetracks, when you have a horse the caliber of MMMan.
not impressed More than 1 year ago
Hopefully they'll avoid the World Cup and go for the Santa Anita Hdcp. We need some rivalries and facing GOD and WTC would really be exciting this year!
Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
Neither WTC ,MMM or the turf miler will show up for the Big Cap. They'll all have excuses to run somewhere at 9 furlongs or not at all.
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
i just wonder if beating horses so easy helps much. what did he get out of that race he doesnt get in a reg work out
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
other then a couple hundred grand
Nick Petro More than 1 year ago
Who really says "other than a couple hundred grand?" Lmao
RIP Grammar More than 1 year ago
I certainly hope he could romp over a field like that. Not much of a race really. Have to see what happens when he faces real competition. He won't beat Will Take Charge next time they meet.
Nick Petro More than 1 year ago
Why not? He spotted him 6lbs last time and according to Trakus he ran further than wtc in classic. Now weights are even :)
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Agree. Mucho will beat him again especially at 1 mile and one-eighth
Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
He spotted him 3 lbs.
Daniel Alvarado More than 1 year ago
Glorified workout. That was probably be the last time I get to see him in person...on to bigger and better competition now.
IRANIANMULLAH More than 1 year ago
that race paid excellent. first and second came out exactly like I had it. Gulfstream told Ritvo we'll pay you $250,000 if you work the horse out in front of the folks. that's how the race looked to me.
prose More than 1 year ago
um ... wrong ... the track would have preferred a 12 horse field with real competition for MMM. The racing secretary had to scramble to even get that field of weaklings to come together. They certainly didn't want to pay a horse for a public workout and sustain losses in the show pool.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
The Macho Man is MUCHO ! He was one that had very good ( Improving ) Older horse written all over him as a 3 year old was so BIG you just knew it would take some maturing to catch up and fill out not to mention put it all together mentally. Great job by connections along with a storybook career. The water will get deeper from here so price/value will start to be an issue. We shall see ALL THE BEST ! Congrats to the Champ
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
It was mucho time!