08/31/2013 2:34PM

Woodward: Mucho Macho Man scratches, will race in California

Barbara D. Livingston
Mucho Macho Man will prep for the Breeders' Cup in the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Kathy Ritvo shrugged her shoulders and said “there’s nothing you can do about the weather” during training hours on Saturday morning and several hours later did as expected, scratching Mucho Macho Man from the Grade 1 Woodward due a racetrack turned to a sea of slop by heavy, overnight rains.

Mucho Macho Man, beaten a neck in the 2012 Woodward, was eased over a sloppy track as the 2-5 favorite in his 2013 debut on Jan. 19 in the Sunshine Millions Classic. Ritvo gave Mucho Macho Man nearly five months off following that race before bringing him back to finish third in an overnight stakes at Belmont on June 14 and third again here last month in the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap.

“Naturally I’m disappointed we won’t have the chance to run him this afternoon in the Woodward because he had been doing so well coming up to the race,” said Ritvo. “And I thought with two races under his belt, the third start would be his best one yet. But what can you do? So we’ll just fall back to Plan B and take him to California.”

Plan B that Ritvo was referring to will be the Grade 1 Awesome Again Handicap at Santa Anita on Sept. 28.

“We chose the Awesome Again over the Jockey Club Gold Cup because it’s at a mile and one-eighth instead of a mile and one-quarter, we already know he likes the surface at Santa Anita and hopefully we can trust the weather a little more out there.”

Mucho Macho Man finished second, beaten a half-length by Fort Larned, in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita.   Ritvo said Mucho Macho Man will depart for California on or about Sept. 8 and if all goes well in the Awesome Again will remain at Santa Anita until the Breeders’ Cup.

MyBig Red More than 1 year ago
I'm grateful Mucho Macho Man is ok. I was worried when I didn't read anywhere why he was scratched last week. That will teach me to check the DRF first !! Take it easy 3M & I'll be watching for you in your next race.
Tony Ruiz More than 1 year ago
Mmm owners need to switch trainers. She is a hack. Just like Tim ritvo.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Get a horse Ruiz - Then run your mouth and pick a trainer.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
She has done right by this horse and her owners. Would you rather he be the star of a stable and treated as such or just another piece of meat in some conglomerate trainers barn? Get a clue!
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
MJP I AM A WEST COAST GUY THE BEST RACE HORSES RUN fast with great determination on wet or dry track. CIGAR AND CURLIN. Nuff said
MJP More than 1 year ago
It's about time the East Coast morons woke up to the fact that the best racehorses like a FAST DRY racetrack. Yay, Ritvo!!
geno More than 1 year ago
The best jockeys, trainers & horses are on the EAST coast! Del Mar pales in comparison to Saratoga, as do all other meets!
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Keenland meets have bigger field on average thats is fact then all the main tracks in the country and good quality. Best track to bet and that's all that matters unless it is a horse like wise Dan they would never have a 5 horse grade 1.lol. last time I check Kentucky was not the east coast. Woodward was a disgrace for a grade one. If fort larned and game on dude was in Woodward then it could be a five horse race.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
The BEST racehorses run no natter what. Its called HEART! While I applaud Kathy for knowing her horse and am not discrediting MMM AT ALL, your comment shows a little ignorance.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bet MMM will miss the beauty of Fair Hill.
carol More than 1 year ago
I know MMM hates the slop....and it never rains in southern California...supposedly
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Smart move. Now watch Todd point Cross Traffic there. Seriously.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
This is to bad for MMM and connections Really thought MMM would have shown his true colors this afternoon. See him in the next one...
B More than 1 year ago
If this keeps up, Alpha might have a chance. 3 for 4 at Saratoga with a win in the slop. Don't recall a race falling apart as slowly as this one has over the past week or so. The horses I don't like appreciate slop and the ones I do like have no or little experience on it. Won't get my money.