Much Macho Man, who was pulled out of consideration to defend his Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) title due to a virus, has been sent to the Fair Hill Training Center, along with two stablemates.
A posting on the Mucho Macho Man Facebook page maintained by Patti Reeves said the son of Macho Uno trained by Kathy Ritvo would "continue to walk and rest for the next couple of days before resuming his training schedule there." The Facebook item did not identify the stablemates that will accompany the horse to the Elkton, Md., training facility.
Owned by Reeves Thoroughbreds, Much Macho Man was working steadily toward the March 9 Gulfstream Park Handicap when he was diagnosed with the virus. In his 2013 debut, Mucho Macho Man was eased as the 2-5 favorite in the Jan. 19 Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes, which he also won in 2012.
In addition to those two stakes, the 5-year-old who has earned in excess of $2.3 million also captured the 2011 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) and 2012 Suburban Handicap (gr. II).