Friday, December 21, 2012



Updated 12-21-2012
Mucho Macho Man finished out 2012 with two of his best races although coming in second in both:  the G1 Woodward, where he lost by a neck to To Honor and Serve Woodward 2012 Video Replay, and the G1 Breeders Cup Classic, which he lost to Fort Larned by a 1/2 neck.  Breeders Cup Classic 2012 Video Replay  In most write-ups about the Classic, it was said that MMM ran a winning race, and it was probably his best effort.  Throughout 2012, he never ran out of the money, starting 6 times, winning 3, placing second twice, and a third.

Video replays:
Suburban Handicap - July 7, 2012
Gulfstream Park Handicap - March 10, 2012
Sunshine Millions Classic - January 28, 2012

It was announced today that Mucho Macho Man will launch his 2013 campaign as it began earlier this year, with the Sunshine Millions Classic.  In the 2012 renewal, MMM beat Ron the Greek in a 1 1/2 length triumph.  Read more...

Mucho Macho Man has notched career earnings of $2.3 Million, with  18 starts, finishing first in 6, second in 5, and third in 4, with an admirable 83% in-the-money percentage.  Because of his late foaling date, June 15, while he will technically turn 5 in January, his biological age is just under 4 1/2!

Updated August 29, 2012
High-fives from Dean Reeves, owner, and Mike Smith
on Suburban Handicap win, July 7, 2012
(from MMM's Facebook page)

June 15 was Mucho Macho Man's 4th birthday!  This 17.3 hands colt was not much more than a baby when he ran the entire 2011 Derby prep season and completed all three Triple Crown races!

Last year, the story about Mucho Macho Man was the feel-good story of the entire Derby prep season.  From when he was born on Father's Day, June 15, 2008, and they thought he was dead, to his trainer's miraculous brush with death and her heart transplant about the same time, to his breeder's sale of his dam and getting her back -- there are so many heroic aspects to the story of this horse, it's really hard not to root for him.

After a 2-month layoff following his Derby prep season and being only one of 3 horses to complete all three Triple Crown races (a respectable 3rd in the Derby), Mucho Macho Man took a well-deserved couple of months off.  The Village People's favorite horse started back in training in August of 2011.   While it likely didn't change the outcome, he was bumped pretty severely right after coming out of the gate in the Belmont, pushing him over into Animal Kingdom.  He had not raced since the Belmont until the Allowance race, #9 at Aqueduct on Wednesday, Nov. 9. 

A compilation of stories, videos and other race replays appears below.

SARATOGA RACE COURSE : By sticking to game plan, Mucho Macho Man on a roll
SARATOGA SPRINGS — It was almost a year ago that the owners of Mucho Macho Man started trusting the patience of racing manager Finn Green.  

He started working for Reeves Thoroughbred Racing the day of the Woodward, the Grade I, $750,000 race for horses 3 and older that Mucho Macho Man will try to win on Saturday.
At that time, Mucho Macho Man was in the middle of a layoff after finishing seventh in the Belmont.  Since that point, the 4-year-old has won five of six starts, the only defeat coming to Successful Dan in the Grade II Alysheba in May. He bounced back to win the Grade II Suburban at Belmont on July 7.
Throughout the last year, Mucho Macho Man has been enjoying short layoffs after almost all his races. With his slow, Southern accent, Green shows this patience is in his blood as he speaks of the importance of those layoffs.  Read more at source...
On July 7, 2012, he and new rider Mike Smith, were dazzling in the Suburban Handicap.
BHorse: 2012 Suburban Handicap - REPLAY VIDEO   DRF: Smith shocked at the ease of Mucho Macho Man's Suburban score  He beat three G1 winners!

Alan Porter: Mucho Macho Man honors Holy Bull

DRF: Mucho Macho Man set sights on Saratoga stakes after Suburban victory
In defeating Hymn Book by 2 1/2 lengths and running 1 1/8 miles in 1:46.58, Mucho Macho Man earned a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 108 for his Suburban score, which would be his career-best figure.  It remains to be seen, however, whether that next start will come in the Whitney on Aug. 4 or the Woodward on Sept. 1. Both races are Grade 1, $750,000 events run at 1 1/8 miles.

To start his 2012 debut, Mucho Macho Man romped in the Sunshine Millions Classic January 28:  2012 Sunshine Millions Classic - VIDEO REPLAY

He did it again in the Gulfstream Park Handicap March 10, Race 8:  Gulfstream Park Handicap - VIDEO REPLAY

On May 4, 2012, Kentucky Derby Day, he came in third to Successful Dan:  2012 Alysheba Stakes - REPLAY VIDEO - Successful Dan set a new course record in the race.

2011 Derby Prep season:  Mucho Macho Man is a horse that is hard not to like!  He is definitely this year's Derby Cinderella story! From being declared dead when he was born, to his trainer who was dying before a heart transplant saved her life, to the unusual ownership model that enables ordinary people to be able to own a piece of something special, to the breeder who sold his dam and then bought her back, it looks like a Disney movie just waiting to be made!

In watching his Derby prep races, he came in second twice, losing to To Honor and Serve twice.  His next to last race, the Risen Star, you can see him improving (keep in mind that while officially he was 3 as of January 1st, he didn't turn 3 in biological terms until June 15!), and he was running against some other Derby contenders, including Pants on Fire, who won the Louisiana Derby.  In the Louisiana Derby, MMM lost a shoe out of the gate and he still hung in there to challenge the winner, Pants on Fire, and Nehro, who came in second, coming in a close third.  He had previously beaten the winner in the Risen Star.

The Village People's favorite horse:  Macho Man - The Village People
Mucho Macho Man's Facebook page

BHorse: Mucho Macho Man - Born To Run - Steve Haskin - 4-25-11

Excerpt:  At 3:30 in the afternoon as they drove back to the farm, Carole received a call from Sekay saying the mare was foaling.

"Oh, damn," exclaimed Carole, who said she doesn’t like foaling mares out in the field.
"I told him I was five minutes away," she said. "A few minutes later he called back and said, ‘I think this foal is dead, he just doesn’t look alive.’

"When we arrived, Jeff and his wife were there and they’re standing over the foal and praying. I was doing my own praying on the way there. When I arrived I looked at him and he was lifeless, and I couldn’t see any breathing. I started rubbing him and finally I just stopped and we all prayed together. Just then this sucker jumped up and started running. He didn’t just stand up he jumped up and then ran off from the mare. It was bizarre.

"I remember saying to my husband, ‘Well, here’s your Father’s Day present.’ He said, ‘We’ll find out in two years how good of a gift it is.’"  Read more...

More from Steve Haskin: 
BHorse: Mucho Macho becomes a Man! - Steve Haskin - May 17, 2011
Mucho Macho Man - A Gift of the Heart - Steve Haskin - 3-23-11

One of the highest human interest stories of the 2011 season! In depth articles about the story of this remarkable horse:
BHorse: Mucho Macho Man - Blame him on the Rios! - June 7, 2011
3M to Sponsor Mucho Macho Man
Thoroughbred Times -  Story almost beyond belief
Thoroughbred Times - Co-Owners to become real partners
BloodHorse Profile & related links (includes later stories thru 11/2011)

DRF page for Mucho Macho Man including racing videos  (thru Nov 2011)

Mucho Macho Man's official Facebook page
Tribute to Mucho Macho Man - 12:49

16 Starts, 6 Wins, 3 Places, 4 Shows Career Earnings: $1,306,410
BHorse: Mucho Macho Man romps at Aqueduct in return - Nov. 9, 2011
BHorse: MMM to make return at Aqueduct Nov. 9
BHorse: Mucho Macho Man back to work - Aug 12, 2011

Suburban Handicap - July 7, 2012 - Belmont

Allowance Race - Aqueduct - Nov. 9, 2011
MMM's return is a romp!

Richard Migliore on Mucho Man's return in his Allowance race Nov 2011

Kentucky Derby 2011 - MMM is #11
MMM came in a fast-closing third, in spite of losing a shoe
He had also lost a shoe in the La. Derby earlier in the year

Risen Star - Green saddle cloth #5

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