07/15/2014 1:23PM

Mucho Macho Man, won 2013 BC Classic, retired to stud

Barbara D. Livingston
Mucho Macho Man (right) holds off Will Take Charge to win the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita last year.

Mucho Macho Man, the reigning Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, has been retired, Adena Springs Farm announced Tuesday. Adena Springs purchased a major interest in Mucho Macho Man from owners Dean and Patti Reeves earlier this year and will stand the horse at stud next season for an undisclosed fee.

Mucho Macho Man, a 6-year-old son of Macho Uno, retires with nine wins in 25 starts and earnings of $6,625,410. Aside from his victory in the 2013 BC Classic, Mucho Macho Man won the Grade 1 Awesome Again last fall at Santa Anita, three Grade 2 stakes, and finished second, beaten a half-length by Fort Larned, in the 2012 BC Classic and third in the 2011 Kentucky Derby.

Mucho Macho Man’s success as well as the story behind his connections made him popular with fans. The Reeves, residents of Georgia, purchased a majority share in the horse shortly after he finished second in his career debut as a 2-year-old at Calder. Mucho Macho Man’s trainer, Kathy Ritvo, survived a heart transplant 4 1/2 years ago to become the first woman to ever train the winner of the BC Classic.

“Mucho Macho Man gave Patti and our team enormous pleasure,” said Dean Reeves. “He has generated so many fans, both in the state of Georgia and nationwide. We are extremely excited about him joining the star-studded roster at Adena Springs and look forward to supporting him as a stallion and racing his progeny.”

Ritvo took over training duties for Mucho Macho Man from her husband, Tim, during the fall of the horse’s 2-year-old campaign, less than a year after undergoing a heart transplant in November 2009. And she credits Mucho Macho Man with helping her through her recovery.

“Mucho Macho Man was so tough and genuine,” Kathy Ritvo said. “He gave his all every time. After five seasons of training and racing, he shows signs of some minor wear and tear. He is still sound and happy, but we have decided that it is in his best interests to retire him. He has nothing more to prove to any of us. It’s so hard to even talk about him, now that he’s left the barn. He’s become like part of the family, and obviously training a horse like him was the greatest experience of my racetrack life. He also played a huge part in helping me cope and get through some hard times following my heart transplant. We’ll definitely miss him around here, but in the end, as always, we based our decision on what is best for the horse.”

Frank Stronach owns Adena Springs, which also stands Macho Uno and four other BC Classic winners, including Fort Larned. He said: “The Breeders’ Cup Classic is a true championship race and a forecaster of the industry’s future top sires. Mucho Macho Man campaigned against the best every year, ages 2 through 6, and consistently excelled around two turns on the dirt. He will be an important addition to our roster.”

redboy More than 1 year ago
From Mucho Macho Man to Mucho Mare Man ,very nice Mucho way to go out on top
mike More than 1 year ago
Jackson Jackson Just wish you would set your keyboard courage aside to say the same low class statements to Kathy's husband regarding her heart transplant. What a stupid troll to belittle someone that faced a serious health issue. Tell me does your net service work well from a trailer?
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
keyboard courage? LOLOLOL I just choked!!
mike More than 1 year ago
Really? So disrespecting someone that's been through a serious illness is ok,right?
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Here are some of the horses he beat in graded stake races. Game on dude, flat out, WTC, dec of war, honor and serve, Ron the Greek, fort larned, paytner , ! good luck big man and go make a bunch of little muchos !
jon g More than 1 year ago
I thought MMM underachieved until his last 2 races last year. Won a phony Gr1in the Goodwood,but props to his other Gr1 in BCC
mike More than 1 year ago
Really? He's a very good horse.
G More than 1 year ago
Very good, really, five graded stakes wins and a looser tostate breds multiple times. Jon is correct, underaciever, who got a perfect setup in one major race.
Kevin Tucker More than 1 year ago
Haha underachiever? 5.6 million? And he lost by a neck in the classic in '12.
mike More than 1 year ago
He's a fool,one of those that has to find fault in everything.
mike More than 1 year ago
Don't understand what planet you're living on,but over 6.5 mil. Seriously?
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Great job by trainer to keep him in the game for so long! Congrtz on your retiremente and I hope the trainer got a share
G More than 1 year ago
Come on people, its no surprise MMM has been retired. He has bad ankles, so bad he has not had a single work since his last race. He does not want to run on sloppy or muddy tracks, which if he did would be good for his ailing ankles. He won 9 out of 25 starts, two Grade 1 wins and three grade 2 wins. Sorry but he is not one of the greatest horses to ever race. His connections have done the right thing for this horse by retiring him.
mike More than 1 year ago
The connections stated "minor wear & tear ,but sound". Do you know something they didn't reveal other than rumor? Who said he's one of the greatest? He's a very good racehorse.
G More than 1 year ago
An article on DRF dated 6/14/2014, states still in light training due to bruised ankles. Now it is over a month since that article and he is retired. No works since his last race. Arthritis is no doubt a factor and age. If you read posts to this article, some say he is agreat horse, its a surprise to see hom retired. Im just stating a lightly raced six year old with two graded one wins. Dors not make a great horse and that a horse who has no workouts in two months typically has physical issues.
Daniel155 More than 1 year ago
Another great horse, Game on Dude should be retired as well but he cannot be used for stud.
mike More than 1 year ago
Hopefully they will do the right thing very soon and send him to Old Friends,or Horse Park.
Roger DuFault More than 1 year ago
The late Vic Ziegle, a NY sports writer, wrote in his column after the 3rd place finish of Mucho Macho Man in the Kentucky Derby, "this will be the last time you see this horses name in print." Nice call Vic. Too bad you missed the career of this gutsy racehorse.
G More than 1 year ago
His name did appear several more time but Vic actually wasn't that far off. A record of 9 wins from 25 starts does not make for a great horse and he has infirmities that have kept him out of training since his last race.
Bill Ware More than 1 year ago
Great competitor and athlete! The REAL DEAL! A BIG BOY when standing next to him at Saratoga. Best of luck big guy!
Rick Baldwin More than 1 year ago
If only he had got up for 2nd in the Derby,I wooda hadda nice exacta.