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Woodward: Mucho Macho Man scratches, will race in California
By Mike Welsch
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.
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.
Mmm owners need to switch trainers. She is a hack. Just like Tim ritvo.
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
It's about time the East Coast morons woke up to the fact that the best racehorses like a FAST DRY racetrack. Yay, Ritvo!!
DRF. PLEASE. SPAMMERS ARE GOING TO OVERRUN YOUR ESTEEMED SITE11 I KNOW IT'S AN ADDED EXPENSE TO FILTER BUT BETTER NOW THAN PAYING MORE LATER. THANK YOU.
I bet MMM will miss the beauty of Fair Hill.
I know MMM hates the slop....and it never rains in southern California...supposedly
Smart move. Now watch Todd point Cross Traffic there. Seriously.
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...
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.
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