First there was Bill O'Reilly and The Factor and now there is The Village People and Mucho Macho Man. If you've ever been to a wedding you've probably danced to a song by The Village People, mainly YMCA or Macho Man.
The lyrics still ring out: “Macho Macho Man, I wanna be a macho man.” Well, the Village People have finally discovered their namesake, Mucho Macho Man, and make reference to the Risen Star (gr. II) winner on their website: What do Village People and the Kentucky Derby have in common? Well, one of the horses competing is named Mucho Macho Man and this horse has the only female trainer at the Derby!: While the Village People don't predict races, we wish Mucho Macho Man the best at the Derby and we'll be watching.”
It was Mucho Macho Man’s co-owner Patti Reeves who brought their colt to the Village People’s attention. “Funny thing, but when I first contacted the Village People they hadn't heard of us,” Reeves said. “Now they are contacting me wanting to know if they can come to the Derby with us. I have to check out what they look like these days. They are definitely supporting us and are in for the publicity.”
Reeves and her husband, Dean, who race as Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, purchased majority interest in Mucho Macho Man from Dream Team Stable following the colt’s first start, in which he finished second to Gourmet Dinner. The son of Macho Uno – Ponche de Leona, by Ponche, also finished second to To Honor and Serve in the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) and Nashua Stakes (gr. II) last year. He is scheduled to make his next start in the March 26 Louisiana Derby (gr. II).