02/21/2014 10:12AM

Mucho Macho Man interest sold to Adena Springs

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Tom Keyser
Mucho Macho Man will stand at Adena Springs Farm when he retires.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Farm has purchased an undisclosed interest in Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man from owners Dean and Patti Reeves, the two parties announced on Friday.

The agreement takes effect immediately and is for both racing and breeding purposes.

Mucho Macho Man, 6, is a son of the Adena Springs-bred Macho Uno, a Breeders’ Cup winner and Eclipse champion during his racing career. Upon his retirement, Mucho Macho Man will join a stallion roster that includes four other Breeders’ Cup Classic winners - Alphabet Soup, Awesome Again, Fort Larned, and Ghostzapper. Fort Larned narrowly defeated Mucho Macho Man in the 2012 BC Classic.

Mucho Macho Man will continue to be trained by Kathy Ritvo and race in the colors of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing.

“It’s a homecoming of sorts,” said Stronach, who noted that Mucho Macho Man had finished in the top three in 16 stakes, including the Kentucky Derby and two Breeders' Cup Classics. “Our program bred Ponche De Leona to Macho Uno before selling her with Mucho Macho Man in utero.

"There are not many stallion prospect anywhere in the world who can hold their top form from 2 to 6 like he has.”

Mucho Macho Man, who has earned $5,580,410 in 24 starts, is being pointed for the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap on March 8. He is scheduled to work at Gulfstream Park on Saturday and ship to Southern California the following day.

“Patti and I are happy that we reached the agreement with Frank,” said Dean Reeves. “Mr. Stronach has a great organization that will give Mucho Macho Man every chance to succeed as a stallion. But first and foremost we look forward to Mucho Macho Man starting in the Santa Anita Handicap and his 2014 campaign in defense of his Breeders’ Cup win.”

Greg More than 1 year ago
People like stronach r the reason the sport is dying.
Greg More than 1 year ago
stronach is a slim ball.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Mr.Stronach has 5 BC CLassic winners as stallions..lol. Incredible lineup.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Ms.Ritvo will have this horse cranked for the Big Cap. Last time I checked MMM in 3 lifetime starts at SA, he has won the Awesome Again, BCC, and a head loss in the 12 BCC. He will beat this field easier then the Classic.
Mary Reynolds More than 1 year ago
So thankful the Reeves are racing MMM another year and how wonderful for racing and for the fans!
Greg More than 1 year ago
who cares
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Good move. It's a long year. Can't wait for big cap! Interesting to see who shows up for big cap! All old timers whining that rivalries are thing of the past! Well WTC Is showing up. Much respect. Hope LEA and Dan show up or at least down the road! Great for racing!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I hope Reeves/Ritvo get no interference re the management of the Horses' training. She's done a great job with him.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
I hear that, Chad. If there was a "special achievement award", I'd give it to Ritvo. IIRC, she doesn't have a "barn full of gr1,2 or3 horses". To me, what she did with MMM was just a wonderful testament to her, and her ability to train one of the best older Male horses in the country. I know, I know, BB and TAP have SOoo many wins, etc, etc, but what she did was one hell of a feat and accomplishment culminating in the BCC!
michael More than 1 year ago
Let's not forget MMM grandpa Holy Bull. But what a grand horse MMM is, always trying. Bravo.
Mark D More than 1 year ago
This horse has all the talen in the world!! Had Pletcher trained him he would have won the Kentucky Derby......and broke down shortly thereafter.
Christopher Clark More than 1 year ago
your a jerk, he wouldn't have finished in the money for TP
geno More than 1 year ago
Ritvo has won 9% of her career starts and 2/3 of her career earnings have come from MMM. Tell me how she's done extracting MMM from her stats? Get real!
Diana Levy More than 1 year ago
By concentrating on her star horse herself instead of being distracted by 50 different owners and multiple divisions and hundreds of horses all over the country...and knowing that there are replacements for every one that is injured she has done better with this horse than any of the perennial Eclipse finalists.
Diana Levy More than 1 year ago
would have done... should be added to the end of that post
Perl More than 1 year ago
What is your point?
Nick Petro More than 1 year ago
Geno that's my aunt. Whats your aunt do?
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Get him Nick!.
AzHorsePlayer More than 1 year ago
Ignorant statement...Todd Pletcher does an outstanding job training his horses...the guy gets a bad rap because some of his horses get hurt...he has hundreds of horses and in this business getting hurt happens...you really think Todd Pletcher enjoys it when his horses get hurt or even worse put down...I'm sure he feels worse than anyone...it's fine if you don't like a guy but to say something like this just shows your ignorance Mark D.
Will More than 1 year ago
opinions are like (body parts) everyone has one!!!! Some bigger than others
Will More than 1 year ago
probably should have posted that under mark d
Joseph Giambra More than 1 year ago
you must be kidding sir, I doubt if you know which end of the horse to put the feed tub in front of.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
TP had 5 in the KD. Where are they now, just curious ?!?