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Updated on 07/15/2013 8:23AM
Saratoga: Mucho Macho Man works towards Whitney
By Mike Welsch
Mucho Macho Man worked a mile in 1:44.83 over the main track at Saratoga on Friday morning, and trainer Kathy Ritvo confirmed his next start would come in the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap on Aug. 3.
With regular exercise rider Nick Petro Jr. aboard, Mucho Macho Man broke off at the mile pole on the clubhouse turn, went a very leisurely opening quarter-mile in 28.45 seconds and half-mile in 54.95, and then picked up the pace under some mild encouragement through the stretch, completing his final half-mile in 49.88 before galloping out 1 1/8 miles in 1:58.21.
“I thought it was a great work, just what we were looking for. We wanted him to go easy early, finish up, and gallop out well, which he did,” said Ritvo. “The plan now is to go to the Whitney. He’ll have two more works before the race.”
Mucho Macho Man ran at Saratoga once last summer, finishing a hard-luck second, beaten a neck by To Honor and Serve in the Grade 1 Woodward. He came back off that race to suffer another frustrating setback when defeated a half-length by Fort Larned nine weeks later in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Mucho Macho Man has started just twice this season. He was pulled up over a sloppy track at Gulfstream Park in the Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 17, then he was given several months off, with the majority of that time spent at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland. He finally returned to action on June 14 at Belmont Park, where he finished a tiring third in an overnight stakes.
“He got a little tired in his last start after having been off for a while but the timing of the race was perfect to use as a prep for the Whitney,” said Ritvo.
Edgar Prado, who rode Mucho Macho Man for the first time at Belmont, will again be aboard in the Whitney.
This horse will Crush that field. he is due for a big run. If he has no run at all in this race and finishes worse then 3rd, they should consider packing it in, or dropping down a level in competition to G3, or listed stakes.
ritvos not the problem obama care is a problem
The price will be right with FL in the race who likes the surface....
Mucho Nacho Man is more like it, I wouldn't bet this horse with the owners money, he's finished. Zero grade I wins says it all. And Neil the Whitney will not be anything close to the best race of the meet. That will be the Jim Dandy stakes or the Travers.
This would be a great horse with a half decent trainer. Ritvo is the problem.
anonymous how did you like the two east coast shippers taking down the grade 1 American oaks today ? lmao !
Looks like the Whitney is shaping up as quite a race. Ft. Larned, Flat Out, Ron the Greek, MMM, possibly the old Dude if Bobby Boy is not happy with old Del Mar's surface. Plus Cross Traffic and a few more. Might actually wind up being the Premier race of the meet. Plus this includes Mrs. Whitney's 15G challenge to "Joe Handicapper". Glad I am going, of course this will increase the value of my seats LMFAOROFL
I care a lot about this horse. I really hope he gets his Grade 1. He seems like the best chance to continue Holy Bull's male line
why not let Petro ride him, he comes from the famous Petro brothers out of suffolk downs. betweeen all Petro brother riders they have more wins than old edgar.
MMM, Looks done. Time to retire him.
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