Hallandale Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mucho Macho Man got to work Saturday at Gulfstream Park in preparation for his next start. The 6-year- old had his first workout since winning the $400,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic last month.
Trained by Kathy Ritvo, Mucho Macho Man worked a half-mile in 46.91 seconds and galloped out five furlongs in 59.50 seconds with his regular exercise rider Nick Petro Jr.
"He looked great," said Ritvo. "It's hard to say too much else. He worked very good today. He's very happy and doing really well."
Owned by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Mucho Macho Man won the Sunshine Classic on Jan. 18 by 14 lengths one year after failing to finish. That was his first start since winning the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.
Mucho Macho Man's next start has bot been solidified, but his connections are considering the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 8 and the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 29.
"We chose today to start working him to be able to have both races as options and let him tell us basically what race is going to be best," said Reeves Thoroughbred Racing manager Finn Green. "We can use this work for either race; we haven't decided yet. We're in a very good place. He's provided us with a very good place.
"Kathy and I have always done what we believe is right for him at the time. We wouldn't be considering going to Dubai if the horse was not on an upswing, putting on weight and doing really well. Plus, he's a great shipper. We know he ships West really well; we might find out if he ships East."
The 6-year-old has earned $5.58 million in 24 starts with nine victories.