Kentucky Derby (G1) hopeful MUCHO MACHO MAN (Macho Uno) dazzled during a morning workout at Gulfstream Park Saturday, breezing five furlongs in :58 1/5 under exercise rider Mike Herra. The clocking was the fastest of 14 recorded at the distance over the fast main track.
"I just wanted him to do it on his own and finish up. He was a little speedy this morning. He's feeling good. It's been two weeks since he ran," said trainer Kathy Ritvo, whose stable star galloped out six furlongs in 1:11 and change. "He's been going two miles three or four mornings in a row and (Friday) he went a mile and a half and went to the gate and school. He was really good. Today he was full of energy."
The colt showed no ill effects of a minor foot injury incurred while pulling a shoe at the start of the recent Louisiana Derby (G2), in which he finished third as the favorite. Ritvo said the incident likely impacted her colt's performance, in which he was beaten by less than a length by winner Pants on Fire (Jump Start).
"I definitely do, because he's a little immature and I think it threw him off a little," said Ritvo, who trains the Florida-bred for Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing.
Mucho Macho Man, who completed a promising two-year-old season with runner-up finishes in the Nashua S. (G2) and Remsen S. (G2) at Aqueduct, captured the Risen Star S. (G2) at Fair Grounds on February 19 prior to finishing third in the Louisiana Derby on March 26.
"We'll see how he comes back from the work. He surprised me a little today. We'll adjust his work next week and then we should be off to Kentucky," said Ritvo, who expects to ship to Churchill Downs a few days after next Saturday's scheduled workout.