Owners Dean and Patti Reeves, their racing manager Finn Green, trainer Kathy Ritvo and jockey Gary Stevens 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: 50 year old jockey comes out of a seven year retirement to once again 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 give a check equal to the jockey’s winnings to the horse’s previous rider (Eibar Coa), who was in the hospital with a career ending injury instead of being in the saddle for the Risen Star Stakes at The Fair Grounds.
Through his career, Mucho Macho Man has stayed on the track as his connections let the horse dictate his racing schedule. In the process he won in excess of $5 million dollars. He ran a strong second in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Many thought he was done after 2012, not so; as he returned for a 2013 campaign that culminated in his capturing the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Still not finished on the track, 2014 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 Mucho Macho Man runs knowing this horse and his connections always give us something good to root for.