02/02/2013 3:42PM

Gulfstream Park: Mucho Macho Man will sit out Donn Handicap

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Tom Keyser
Mucho Macho Man, eased as the odds-on favorite in the Sunshine Millions Classic, will not run in Saturday's Grade 1 Donn Handicap.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Mucho Macho Man, the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up, will not run in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap, trainer Kathy Ritvo confirmed on Saturday.

Mucho Macho Man was eased through the stretch by jockey Mike Smith as the odds-on favorite when making his 2013 debut in the Sunshine Millions Classic two weeks ago. Ritvo said Mucho Macho Man came out of the race with no apparent physical issues and he was able to resume normal training 48 hours later, although he has yet to work since then.

“After considering the Donn as an option, we’ve decided to pass,” Ritvo said. “It just does not fit as well into our long-term objectives for Mucho Macho Man.”

The only major dirt race remaining on the 2013 stakes schedule for older horses here this season is the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 9. Mucho Macho Man defeated Tackleberry and Jackson Bend to capture the 2012 Gulfstream Handicap.

Despite Mucho Macho Man’s absence, the Donn is coming up a strong race with a field of at least seven possible, led by Flat Out, Take Charge Indy, and Csaba. Others pointing for the 1 1/8-mile Donn are Pool Play, Bourbon Courage, Ultimate Eagle, and Citrus Kid.

Csaba, winner of the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope on Jan. 13, and Take Charge Indy both turned in their final tune-ups for the Donn on Saturday. Csaba breezed an easy half-mile in 50.60 seconds at Calder, while Take Charge Indy posted a bullet four furlongs in 47.02 at Palm Meadows.

Christian Chase More than 1 year ago
Ultimate eagle & take charge indy
Greg Biddle More than 1 year ago
Some one slipped him a mickey
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
3 Month layoff
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
This horse Mucho Macho Man is a very nice horse as we all know. Throw in a bad race after a career best from the season before and the public thinks he is done. Some say he bounced, how can the horse bounce from a month layoff, Please.. Draw a line right through his last race. It will be interesting when and where this horse shows up again and when he shows up again, GUARENTEED he will have BLINKERS OFF , a experiment that went clearly wrong. In horse racing , to the public , it is what have you done for me lately. MMM fans who jumped off his wagon should jump back on. Horse is not nearly done yet. As for this horses trainer, try to give her a break , shes not that bad, just should have left it alone and not tried something that we all knew wouldn"t work, those blinkers, Cathy , take them OFF. MMM, will be back.............
Richard More than 1 year ago
I knew there was something wrong with Mucho Macho Man! He was the second best router last year. Mike Smith pulled him up for solid reasons. He felt the horse do something. It should have been a two horse race. Mucho Macho Man and Ron The Greek. Ron The Greek got a 115 beyer and was 11 ¼ lengths ahead of the place horse. The Santa Anita Handicap is a good race coming in a month. Game On Dude can be beat by the horses from back east. The Donn seems like a good race also at Gulfstream.
Tom More than 1 year ago
Big mistake, the upcoming Donn Hcp. is a joke of a Grade 1. He should go get his first GR. 1 Also they really do need to get another rider, Mike Smith cost the horse The Woodward & BC Classic. He should have won both.
RockaFelter21 More than 1 year ago
horse obv has mental issues and doesn't like to pass when he easily should have ..(to honor and serve)(fort larned) likes to plod up beside but has no heart to go by..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overated Horse, and way overrated jockey!!!!. Give me Fort Larned any day. Actually he did at 6-1. Love my winnings. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Albert More than 1 year ago
If you look at the replay of his last race you will notice the jockey looking backwards and down after the horse began to fade. That could mean a thousand things, none of which are good. I don't think the trainer is witholding information. I think that she is stumped. Seen it many times before. If there is no obvious problem, it could be the hocks, which tend to go in older horses (like older humans). When they hurt a smart horse will protect himself and slow down. He may need them to be injected (legally.)
Mark More than 1 year ago
Anyone else think there should have been an inquiry @ gulfstream today in the 11th race? Sunday. With #10 coming in on the #11 upper stretch then completely cutting him off inside the 1/16 .
Mark More than 1 year ago
Race was made official faster than any race of the entire meet. Jockey was on backstretch still while racecwas made official. He had no time to lodge an objection if he wanted to. Eveyone at the track couldn't believe that the stewards didnt even take a look or allow time for the jockey to lodge.
myjockwon More than 1 year ago
the game was about to start in 30 minutes stewards wanted to watch it to.Don't really understand why Gulfstream runs right up to the kick off time.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Childish response
Mark More than 1 year ago
I do agree somewhat. The stewards were probably long gone even before the race. I was alive for more than likely 40k in the dime rainbow six with the 17-1 #11. 54 tickets going into the last. #11 second longest payout in pick 5 @ 75k for. 50 cents. The rainbow qith #11 had to be minimum 40 k. Absolutely should have been looked at. Take the #10 down or not.
Gene Cirillo More than 1 year ago
Flipped his palate in last race? He has had throat problems in the past--not brought up at all
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
This is a dicey situation with Mucho Macho Man. I don't believe the connections are being forthcoming. It's like waiting for the other shoe to drop, looking for the drought to stop in Australia or expecting the letter of acceptance that never comes from your university of choice. This horse has unfinished business, but time may have run out on this fan favorite. Let's hope reading between the lines isn't my forte.