12/29/2012 6:47PM

Gulfstream Park: Mucho Macho Man experiments with blinkers

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Barbara D. Livingston
Mucho Macho Man worked in blinkers on Saturday for the Sunshine Millions Classic.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Mucho Macho Man was equipped with blinkers for the first time in quite a while when he worked four furlongs in 46.26 seconds here on Saturday. Mucho Macho Man, going in company with stablemate Skinny Peter, posted splits of 22.38 and 34.08 and was in hand finishing inside his partner before galloping out five furlongs in 1:00.09.

“Sometimes he just doesn’t pay attention in the morning, so we decided to throw the blinkers on him today to help him focus a little better,” explained trainer Kathy Ritvo. “He ran in blinkers earlier in his career. I took them off before he won the Risen Star. I thought he worked great this morning and we’ll probably work him with blinkers against next week, although I haven’t decided whether I’ll put them back on for his next start.”

Mucho Macho Man is being pointed for a defense of his title in the Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 19.

Other workers of note at Gulfstream on Saturday included 3-year-old prospects Gulfport and Frac Daddy. Gulfport breezed five furlongs in 58.40 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.45. Frac Daddy went an easy three furlongs in company in 36.34. He galloped out a half-mile in 49.71 in his first trial since shipping to south Florida several weeks ago.

Trainer Dale Romans is eyeing next Saturday’s Grade 2 Jerome at Aqueduct for Gulfport’s 3-year-old debut.