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Gulfstream Park: Mucho Macho Man will sit out Donn Handicap
By Mike Welsch
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.
Ultimate eagle & take charge indy
Some one slipped him a mickey
3 Month layoff
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.............
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.
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.
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.)
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 .
Flipped his palate in last race? He has had throat problems in the past--not brought up at all
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.
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