Dean and Patti Reeves, their racing manager Finn Green, trainer Kathy Ritvo and jockey Gary Stevens have teamed up with the big bay horse, Mucho Macho Man, to create one of the best stories in racing. Quick review for those of you who weren’t watching: Jockey comes out of a seven year retirement to ride at the sport’s highest level including a Classic victory in the Preakness: Trainer becomes the only woman trainer to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic and did so after having a heart transplant: Owners gave a check equal to the full jockey’s portion to the horse’s previous rider (Eibar Coa), who was in the hospital with a career ending injury instead of in the saddle during the G2 Risen Star Stakes at The Fair Grounds.
Mucho Macho Man has stayed on the track as his connections let the horse dictate his racing schedule and in the process has won in excess of $5 million dollars, but he’s not done yet. He captured the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2013 after a strong effort in the 2012 Classic, finishing second. Many thought he was done after 2012, not so; many thought he was done after 2013; not so; but this year will be his last year racing as he will be going to stand stud at Adena Springs in Kentucky. The horse is most closely associated with Gulfstream Park, his home base, and it was a pleasure to watch him dance away from the rest of the field in the Sunshine Millions Classic on his home course. I look forward to watching every race he runs this year knowing that he and his connections always give us something good to route for.