Updated on 07/15/2013 8:23AM

Saratoga: Mucho Macho Man works towards Whitney

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Barbara D. Livingston
Mucho Macho Man. shown training last winter at Gulfstream Park, will be pointed to the Aug. 3 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga.

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.

Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
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.
babsbat . More than 1 year ago
ritvos not the problem obama care is a problem
Infinity More than 1 year ago
The price will be right with FL in the race who likes the surface....
Peter R More than 1 year ago
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.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
So a race with Fort Larned, MMM, Take Charge indy, One of the Dan brother's, Golden Ticket, Ron The greek etc etc is not a good field?.....He has won GR2's so lay off a touch you degenrate.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Not to mention he lost the woodward by a head, and the BC CLassic by a half length IF that.....so you were saying?
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
This would be a great horse with a half decent trainer. Ritvo is the problem.
Nick Petro More than 1 year ago
Stay classy ;)
Mark More than 1 year ago
anonymous how did you like the two east coast shippers taking down the grade 1 American oaks today ? lmao !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mark, I loved Emolient today, Juddmonte Farm is simply the best, I miss having their horses as a regular presence in SoCal. Congrats to Bill Mott. And, congrats to the Ramseys for the place finish. I like their sporting style of shipping anywhere. Btw... Both trainers were smart enough to employ SoCal jockeys. Besides Rosario & Castellano, east coast riders are a bunch of hacks!
Neil Granowitz More than 1 year ago
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
Peter R More than 1 year ago
Neil, Game On Dude isn't shipping east ever again, he will run twice more in Cali before the Breeders Cup Classic at Santa Anita and then retire. Baffert isn't stupid, he knows the horse would get beat if he ships..
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
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
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
Macho Uno?
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
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.
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
yeah they do..... but old edgar has more wins and ability than any of them......
Nick Petro More than 1 year ago
you make a great point lol
Belinda More than 1 year ago
MMM, Looks done. Time to retire him.