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Gulfstream Park: Mucho Macho Man sent to Maryland to train for next start
By Mike Welsch
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.”
horse racing is so political a horse dont do what its supposed to, lets play musical chairs with our jockey choices. the sad reality is this horses problem aint how he is ridden, it is the poor choices its trainer keeps making. i wil say it again mott or baffert.
You all have valid points. i have followed horse racing for almost 30 years. i have seen the great trainers and great horses. KATHY RITVO aint no great trainer. GET RID OF HER this horse is rinning out of time as he is already five. I HAVE 2 WORDS. BAFFERT or MOTT. nuff said.
I think the owners a making a trainer switch, Motion???
Good idea, take a an ill horse and ship him 1200 miles north in the winter??
The idea that shipping the horse out anywhere might provide an answer to what went wrong in his last race is a sign of desperation. It means they don't know. Few horses get better with age and this one is in decline. You probably won't see him challenging for the lead again, against any kind of company. He's old. His joints are old. And something is hurting him....they just haven't spotted it yet.
Imagine what this horse would do if Baffert had him. Boy can he train a speed horse.
Getting this horse to Fairhill vs gulfstream is a smart move. Much quieter atmosphere..turnouts and clinics on site...and a top class training track(s)...gulf not always the best surface or atmosphere...specially since he wont race at the meet. Who would criticize such a smart move for the horse?
Attention Kathy Ritvo, don't listen to all of this bad stuff about you. It is not you, it's your jockey. Get rid of Mike Mike Smith, jockey Smith blew The Woodward & The BC Classic, MMM would have & should have won both under a different jockey. Hopefully Ramon will be back by MMM's next race and forgive him for loosing the mount when he chose Trickmister over MMM in the Suburban Hcp. GET Rid OF SMITH
Mrs Ritvo has done nothing but the "Right Thing" by this horse and to insinuate any another intention is mere ignorance. The horse was alength away from being victorious In the Breeders Cup Classic. To get the horse that good she had to do something right. However, the way MMM ran in his last race does beg the question????? Was the horse not well or did Mike Smith pull another one of his "oh wells" on the favorite as he has done numerous times in the past, or does the horse have some legitimate physical ailments. If she sees fit to give the horse some time only time will tell if it is the right decision. Given the fact that she sees the horse on a daily basis I will hold back any statements pro or con til the fall, and so should all you others who think any other trainer could do a better job
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