11/06/2013 2:48PM

Mucho Macho Man returns home to Gulfstream Park

Barbara D. Livingston
Breeders' Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man has returned to his Gulfstream Park base.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Mucho Macho Man returned to his winter home at Gulfstream Park late Wednesday morning, where the scene was a lot quieter than it was several days earlier at Santa Anita following his game victory over Will Take Charge in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Mucho Macho Man was met by trainer Kathy Ritvo, his regular exercise rider Nick Petro Jr., and a handful of well wishers when he stepped off the van after completing the grueling trip from Santa Anita that began in the wee hours of the morning. Mucho Macho Man was accompanied on the journey by Skinny Peter, his regular workmate for much of the year.

Ritvo, who became the first female trainer to win the Classic, said Mucho Macho Man would get a few more days off to recuperate from his travels.

“We’ll let him get settled in, but right now everything looks great and he could go back to the track in a couple of days, especially if he’s acting anything like he was before I left California,” Ritvo said. “It’s great to be back at Gulfstream. This is really his home. It’s our home. We’re both Florida-breds now. He really likes this track, he trains well over this track, and he’s run some great races here, besides the muddy day.”

Ritvo said she and Finn Green, racing manager for principal owner Dean Reaves and his wife, Patti, will get together within the next week to discuss future plans for Mucho Macho Man.

“Going to Dubai for the World Cup is an option,” Ritvo said. “And I think there is definitely a chance he could run here at Gulfstream this winter.”

Ritvo said she still finds it a little hard to believe that she just won the Breeders’ Cup Classic, a distinction that narrowly eluded her a year earlier when Mucho Macho Man finished a close second behind Fort Larned.

“It really hasn’t sunk in totally yet that we won, how about you guys,” Ritvo said to Petro and the rest of her crew. “I’m really happier for the horse than I am for myself. Pretty good record, a first and a second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, don’t you think? You know I was finally able to watch the whole tape of last year’s race again. I’d always watch to the quarter pole and then shut it off every time.”

Ritvo will have no such problems watching the tape of the 2013 Classic.

Marcello Marocco More than 1 year ago
They should stay back and run the met mile. That is a prestigious race for older horses, Ghostzapper did it. Keep the horse fresh for Saratoga.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Yes I don't know about the Dubai trip could take its toll on a horse and I think it will be a deeper field then Declaration of war. He is the American champ lets enjoy him here and @GULFSTREAM. Great job and win by horse/connections
B More than 1 year ago
I think they will retire him. His trainer made a comment a week or two ago that she still trained after having a heart transplant to support her family. If they retire him, she'll definitely have enough to support her family and finally be able to take it easy. Can you imagine having a heart issue and having to go through the tension of watching him run? She's more brave than I.
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
Looking back over 2013 This horse Mucho Macho Man was the most disappointing, inconsistent horse in the handicap ranks. Just when he'd look great he'd throw in a clunker. He burned up lots of cash for the big bettors. It's nice that he won the Classic but consistency is much more important to someone like me over time...
David Juffet More than 1 year ago
Are you kidding me, 2 for 5=40%.the fort was the bomb of the handicap division.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
They did a good job of getting him ready for the Breeders cup that was the goal. It helps that he likes the track and was rounding into form at the right time.
Tim Carey More than 1 year ago
please please please dont go to dubai
Frederick Jones More than 1 year ago
He's still a great champion!
Frederick Jones More than 1 year ago
Taking MMM to Dubai would probably turn out to be a big mistake. He really didn't beat great fields in Santa Anita. He beat two good younger horses and not much more. Yes, he won, but his competiton has to be compared to who he would run against in Dubai (much tougher). Let's see him win on another track other than Santa Anita, first. I would just relocate him back out in CA.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
I know one thing, I would love to see him and Will Take Charge hook up again!
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
I don't know about Take Charge and Macho, but there is talk that Dude and Take Charge might meet in the Clark.
John Pisiona More than 1 year ago
A win for Suwanee Ga. That's the horse owners home town. No one seems to mention their patience in allowing Ritvo to handle the way she sees fit. It seems the sport only takes notice of the famous owners.
Anthony Palacios More than 1 year ago
Take him 2 Dubai MMM (U.S.A) vs The World!!!
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Not a good idea