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Mucho Macho Man
Macho Uno - Ponche de Leona, by Ponche
Breeder:John & Carole Rio
Owners:Reeves Thoroughbred Racing

Trainer: Kathy Ritvo

Jockey:Gary Stevens


MUCHO MACHO MAN wins The Awesome Again Stakes!

Mucho Macho Man earned his long-anticipated first grade I victory and stamped his return ticket to the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with an impressive performance in the $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes Sept. 28 at Santa Anita Park .

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens was aboard 8-5 pick Mucho Macho Man for the first time for trainer Kathy Ritvo and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing owned by Dean Reeves. The strapping 5-year-old horse overcame a wide trip to win by 4 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:48.30 for 1 1/8 miles on a fast track.

A close second to Fort Larned in last year's Classic after a stirring stretch battle, Mucho Macho Man won for the first time since the Suburban Handicap (gr. II) in July 2012. He had lost five races in a row.

Paynter came on late for second but was no match for the winner. Outsider Soi Phet was third in the field of 10.

The race was a "Win & You're In" challenge race for the BC Classic, guaranteeing Muchao Macho Man a fees-paid berth Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, where he seems quite comfortable.

A son of Macho Uno out of the Ponche mare Ponche de Leona, Mucho Macho Man was bred in Florida by John and Carole Rio.

Ritvo brought Mucho Macho Man to the West Coast Sept. 9 to prepare for the Awesome Again, which run as the Goodwood until last year, and said afterward that her charge would remain in Southern California to train for the Classic.

"I don't think it made much difference," she said of the early arrival. "He's a runner. He travels well. He seems to thrive here."



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