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Mucho Macho Man cruises in return

Mucho Macho Man wins Florida Sunshine Millions Classic
Mucho Macho Man captures the Sunshine Millions with ease.
FOX Sports By Mike Welsch, Daily Racing Form
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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla.

Mucho Macho Man was paid $240,000 for a public workout Saturday at Gulfstream Park, kicking off his 2014 campaign by cruising to a popular 14-length victory over Joshua’s Comprise and four other overmatched rivals in the $400,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park.

The victory came in Mucho Macho Man’s first start since his game win over Will Take Charge in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic. The performance also made amends for what transpired in last year’s Sunshine Millions Classic, in which Mucho Macho Man was pulled up as the 2-5 favorite after failing to handle a sloppy racetrack.

With jockey Gary Stevens aboard, Mucho Macho Man rated off the early pace of Bernie the Maestro, who set honest fractions of 23.08 and 46.25 seconds for the opening half-mile of the 1 1/8-mile Sunshine Millions Classic. Mucho Macho Man readily overtook the leader midway on the second turn, quickly opened a commanding advantage while racing well out from the rail, then steadily increased his lead with Stevens merely riding him out to the wire.

Joshua’s Comprise was easily second-best, finishing 1 3/4 lengths in front of his uncoupled stablemate, Decaf Again. Bernie the Maestro was a tiring fourth, followed by Gourmet Dinner and Rule Number Six.

Mucho Macho Man is owned by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and the Dream Team Stable and trained by Kathy Ritvo. He completed the distance in 1:48.76 and paid  $2.20 for his ninth victory in 24 starts. The $240,000 winner’s share of the purse increased Mucho Macho Man’s lifetime earnings to $5,580,410.

“It was great; it was a lot of fun,” Ritvo said. “It was good to get him back. We put him in this race because he was ready to run. We really didn’t know who would be in the race. It’s always nice to win at home, and this is our home.”

Ritvo said no decision has been made as to when or where Mucho Macho Man might run next, although stable manager Finn Green mentioned the Santa Anita Handicap and Dubai World Cup as possible options.

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