08/12/2012 12:40PM

Mucho Macho Man impressive in work for Woodward at Saratoga

Barbara D. Livingston
Nick Petro Jr. guides Mucho Macho Man (right) inside of a D.Wayne Lukas-trained worker during a Sunday morning drill. Mucho Macho Man covered four furlongs on the Oklahoma traininig track in 47.15.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - It was finally time for Mucho Macho Man to get back to serious business on Sunday morning, and the winner of the Grade 2 Suburban did so in a serious manner, working a very sharp four furlongs in 47.15 seconds on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga.

Mucho Macho Man is expected to run in the Grade 1 Woodward on Sept. 1.

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Mucho Macho Man had not turned in an official workout since registering a convincing 2 1/2-length victory over Hymn Book in the Grade 2 Suburban at Belmont Park on July 7. Trainer Kathy Ritvo said she did have him blow out an easy three furlongs one week ago. Mucho Macho Man was scheduled to breeze immediately after the track opened for training at 5:30 a.m., but Ritvo thought the surface still had a little too much moisture in it and opted to wait until after the  break. 

Mucho Macho Man broke off at the half-mile pole under regular exercise rider Nick Petro Jr., approximately three lengths behind a set of horses from trainer D. Wayne Lukas’s barn, and completed his opening quarter-mile in 24.58 while chasing them. Fortunately, the Lukas pair fanned off the rail once entering the stretch, allowance Mucho Macho Man ample room to blow by them along the inside and draw well clear, completing a powerful final quarter in 22.58 without need of urging. He galloped out five-eighths in 1:01.26.

“He was only supposed to go three-eighths, but that’s all right,” said trainer Ritvo. “He stretched his legs last week and he went great today. He’s easy to get ready. I thought those two other horses were much farther in front of him, and luckily the riders were very good and let him through.”

Mucho Macho Man, who has won three of his four starts this year, will have two more works leading up to the Woodward, Ritvo said.