Stay Thirsty Sizzles; Mucho Macho Man Works
Repole Stables’ Stay Thirsty sizzled five furlongs in a “bullet” 1:00 over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs on Easter Sunday as he continued to prep for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Meanwhile, another Derby contender, Much Macho Man, stretched his legs at the longer seven furlong distance, with a final time of 1:29 1/5.
The breeze by Stay Thirsty, the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner trained by Todd Pletcher, was the co-fastest of 19 working that distance April 24. A son of Bernardini bred in Kentucky by John D. and John Darren Gunther, Stay Thirsty was a $500,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old sale purchase.
Stay Thirsty worked in company with older workmate Bridgetown and covered the distance over sloppy going in 1:00. Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel was in the saddle aboard Stay Thirsty for the move. Pletcher and Borel teamed to win last year’s Run for the Roses with WinStar Farm’s homebred Super Saver, which was the first Kentucky Derby win by Pletcher.
Stay Thirsty’s Repole Stables’ stablemate, Uncle Mo , is scheduled to work at Churchill on Tuesday, April 26.
The winner of two of six starts and with earnings of $300,000, Stay Thirsty is coming off a seventh-place effort in the Florida Derby (gr. I).
Mucho Macho Man, trained by Kathy Ritvo for Dean and Patti Reeves of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team Racing Stable, was the only horse at Churchill working the seven-eighths of a mile distance.
A son of Macho Uno bred in Florida by John D. Rio and Carole A. Rio, Mucho Macho Man has a victory in the Risen Star (gr. II) and placings in three additional grade II stakes to his credit. He has won or placed in seven of eight starts, with two wins, and $411,643 in earnings.
Working by himself under jockey Rajiv Maragh, Mucho Macho Man clicked off fractions of :13 3/5, :26 2/5, :39, :51 3/5, 1:04, 1:16 3/5 and galloped out a mile in 1:43 4/5.
“He worked good and I was very happy with it and Rajiv also seemed to be,” Ritvo said. “I think it is supposed to rain the next few days, so I decided to go. I wanted to keep as close to our schedule as possible. He will come back and work again Saturday or Sunday.”
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