08/31/2013 1:52PM

Gulfstream Park: Mucho Mas Macho looks to time his run in The Vid

Courtney Heeney
Mucho Mas Macho won the Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale at Gulfstream in January.

Timing is everything with Mucho Mas Macho, who will start as one of the most accomplished runners in the $100,000 The Vid at Gulfstream Park on Monday.

“What he needs is a headsy ride,” said Henry Collazo, who trains the horse for Signal Hill Farms. “He’s got a quarter-mile explosive run.”

Mucho Mas Macho can be dangerous when his kick is able to be unleashed at the right time. He was 41-1 when he got up for a neck win in the Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale at Gulfstream in January. Into the lane, Mucho Mas Macho had just one horse beat in the 1 1/16-mile turf race.

The Vid, which also will be run over 1 1/16 miles on turf, is for 3-year-olds and up. The race drew 11 runners, including Ducduc, a Grade 3 winner last November; Ashtar, a Group 1 winner in his native Chile; and Where’s Sterling, a Grade 3 winner who along with Isutalkintome is entered for the main track only.

Mucho Mas Macho comes into The Vid off a third-place finish in a Gulfstream allowance Aug. 3. He was beaten 3 1/2 lengths in his first start since April.

“If you start to move him too soon, then you’re at a disadvantage when you get fanned out on your run,” Collazo said. “His last race, he was fanned 54 feet wider than anybody else.

“I was really pleased with the way he came out of the race, the way he bounced back. He’s [since] had two workouts on the grass at Gulfstream, and both lead me to believe he’s back on a real good trail.”

Collazo said Mucho Mas Macho, a 4-year-old by Macho Uno, was freshened after finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Miami Mile at Calder.

“I just wanted to regroup,” he said. “He’s a young horse. You’ve only got so many times you can go to the well. I think giving him a freshening up gives him longevity. We plan to run him later on the fall, deep into the fall.”

Fernando Jara has the mount on Mucho Mas Macho, who will break from post 2.

Ducduc will be moving back to turf after finishing third by a neck in a Calder allowance July 27. He has registered 9 of his 11 career wins on the grass, his latest in a Calder allowance June 29. Edgard Zayas has the mount for trainer Bisnath Parboo.

The field also includes the multiple stakes-winning 3-year-old Backseat Memories.