With Keeneland's September yearling sale set to begin Sept. 8, here's a selection of outstanding pedigrees worth noting at the auction's opening session.
Mucho Macho Man will become the fifth Breeders' Cup Classic winner on Adena Springs' Kentucky stallion roster.
Mucho Macho Man, winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), has been retired from racing. The 6-year-old son of Macho Uno will stand at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Paris, Ky.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Mucho Macho Man was honored as 2013 Florida-bred Horse of the Year the Florida Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association awards gala March 9 in Ocala, Fla.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs has purchased an interest from Dean and Patti Reeves in multiple grade I winner Mucho Macho Man, who will continue to be trained by Kathy Ritvo.
The median rose 33% as Keeneland's January sale ended four days of lively trade. Graded winner Scatman topped the final session at $135,000, and plans are to keep him in training.
The second of four sessions saw declines across the board when compared with an equivalent session last year that featured two million-dollar horses.
Ponche de Leona, the dam of 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Mucho Macho Man, was purchased by Brushwood Stable for $775,000 to become the new sale-topper at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
Ever-youthful Gary Stevens put an exclamation point on his remarkable comeback this season when riding Mucho Macho Man to a nose victory in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
Mucho Macho Man earned his long-anticipated first grade I victory and stamped his return ticket to the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with an impressive performance in the $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes Sept. 28.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith flew from California to ride Mucho Macho Man in the $300,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park July 7, and the trip paid off as the big bay colt won the 1 1/8-mile test.
Mucho Macho Man, making his first start since the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), ran away from the field to win a $55,000 optional claiming allowance race by 5 3/4 lengths at Aqueduct Nov. 9.
MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter
Representing a regional sire line and an undistinguished female family, Mucho Macho Man is poised to make waves in the 2011 American classics.
Trainer Bill Cesare confirmed Friday that Bitterroot Investments' 3-year-old filly Cellars Shiraz, impressive winner in the $200,000 Calder Oaks on Oct. 12, would remain at Calder to run in the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap on the main track Nov. 16.
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