02/21/2014 10:12AM

Mucho Macho Man interest sold to Adena Springs

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.”