03/04/2013 2:25PM

Gulfstream Park: Mucho Macho Man sent to Maryland to train for next start

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – The popular Mucho Macho Man, who has made Gulfstream Park his winter headquarters for the past two seasons, has left town for his new home at the Fair Hill training center in Maryland. Trainer Kathy Ritvo shipped Mucho Macho Man out on Monday morning along with several other members of her stable.

Mucho Macho Man finished second to Fort Larned following a stirring stretch duel in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He had been pointed for a rematch with that nemesis in Saturday’s Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap but was forced to miss the race after contracting a virus last week. Mucho Macho Man won the one-mile Gulfstream Park Handicap last year.

Ritvo said she and stable manager Finn Green decided it would be in Mucho Macho Man’s best interests to return to a Northern climate while recuperating from his ailment, because that’s where he will most likely make his next start.

“We have nothing specific picked out for him at the moment,” said Ritvo. “We’ll have to see how he’s doing, but by being located and training at Fair Hill it certainly gives us quite a few options to look at.”