Lenny and Steve discuss Princess of Sylmar, Ron the Greek, Mucho Macho Man, and the Breeders' Cup Classic, and more. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
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Unique photos from Super Saturday and international races from the weekend!
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.
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: The Jockey Club Gold Cup and The Awesome Again read blog
Grade I winner Paynter, whose comeback from life-threatening illness more than a year ago was stalled in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I), will attempt to atone at Santa Anita Sept. 28 in a race named for his sire, Awesome Again.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who won this year's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) aboard Oxbow, has been named to ride Reeves Thoroughbred Racing's Mucho Macho Manin the Sept. 28 Awesome Again Stakes.
Why Mucho Macho Man and Lea will win on Saturday. read blog
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak preview the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Watch Video
Successful Dan and Paynter, two horses who have overcome great physical difficulties to continue their racing careers, head a strong edition of the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 31.
So far, the blueprint for Mucho Macho Man's career has been way too simple in that you have a pretty good idea where he's going to be at the finish based on where he is at the eighth pole.
GoldMark Farm's Cross Traffic sprung a wire-to-wire win in the $750,000 Whitney Invitational Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 3, kicking away by three-quarters of a length as 2012 victor Fort Larned finished fifth.
Janis Whitham's 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Fort Larned was assigned post 3 and installed as the 7-5 morning-line favorite over seven others for the Aug. 3 Whitney Invitational (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Trainer Ian Wilkes hopes to use the Whitney as a springboard to a championship for last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Fort Larned.
Multiple grade II winner Mucho Macho Man, 2012 Travers Stakes (gr. I) dead-heat winner Alpha, and Fast Falcon were all on the worktab July 27 at Saratoga, tuning up for the Aug. 3 Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I).
Fort Larned breezed five furlongs in 1:03.81 over the main track at Saratoga on July 20, while Mucho Macho Man went in 1:01.61. The two continue to prepare for the Aug. 3 Whitney Invitational, won by Fort Larned in 2012.
Multiple graded stakes winner Mucho Macho Man ran third behind San Pablo and Hymn Book in the $88,200 Criminal Type Stakes at Belmont Park June 14, his first start in five months.
Defending Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) winner Mucho Macho Man will miss the March 9 event because of a mild virus, owner Dean Reeves confirmed Feb. 28.
Reeves Thoroughbreds' multi-millionare Mucho Macho Man breezed five furlongs in 1:02 the morning of Feb. 23 at Gulfstream Park, prepping for a probable start in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) on March 9.
Carole Rio has been hired as the bloodstock agent for HallMarc Stallions at Stonewall Farm Ocala, the farm announced Feb. 22.
Southern California-based Ultimate Eagle has been confirmed for the Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park, while other contenders Csaba and Take Charge Indy put in their final breezes for the race Feb. 2.
Ritvo said the 5-year-old Macho Uno horse came out of the race in good order and was able to return to his regular training schedule at Gulfstream.
Ron the Greek turned it on in a big way in the $400,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park Jan. 19, overpowering his state-bred foes by 11 1/4 lengths on an off track.
Mucho Macho Man and Ron the Greek, two of the leading older horses of 2012, embark on another title quest Jan. 19 when they face off in the $400,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park.
Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Mucho Macho Man turned in his final pre-race move for the Florida Sunshine Millions Classic and Breeders' Cup Turf winner Little Mike got to work as well Jan. 12 at Gulfstream Park.
Reeves Thoroughbred Racing's 5-year-old Mucho Macho Man worked a bullet five furlongs in :58 3/5 the morning of Jan. 5 at Gulfstream Park, with regular exercise rider Nick Petro, Jr. in the irons.
Mucho Macho Man worked for the Florida Sunshine Millions Classic, Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Groupie Doll arrived by van, and Gulfport turned in a final pre-race move on a busy Dec. 29 morning at Gulfstream.
Mucho Macho Man will launch his 2013 season with a title defense in the $500,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic, showcase of the six-race $1.3 million event for Florida-bred horses at Gulfstream Park Jan. 19.
- By Steve Haskin
Few classic crops have been maligned more than the class of 2011. Well, perhaps it is time for the critics to re-evaluate their position. read blog
The Fasig-Tipton November sale, which is known for its prominent cast of selected entries, will again feature several standouts, including this year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) winner Zagora.
Janis R. Whitham's Fort Larned led from gate to wire and held off a sustained stretch bid by Mucho Macho Man to win the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) before a crowd of 55,123 at Santa Anita Park Nov. 3.
Game On Dude could put himself atop the favorites list for Horse of the Year with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Steve gives you his longshots for the Breeders' Cup races on Friday. read blog
Lenny Shulman reports on the news of the day, including the first track visits for the last arriving horses, including Mucho Macho Man. Sponsored by Vinery Watch Video
The final contingent of Breeders' Cup runners, including Mile favorite Wise Dan and Classic contenders Mucho Macho Man, Fort Larned, and Brilliant Speed, arrived at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31.
Steve looks at Classic horses, and shares some Breeders' Cup photos. read blog
Owner Dean Reeves talks about Breeders' Cup Classic contender Mucho Macho Man Oct. 30. watch video
To Honor and Serve was undeniable in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 1, holding off the late challenge of 4-5 favorite Mucho Macho Man to earn his second grade I by a neck.
- By Pete Denk
Two-year-old divisions come into focus over Labor Day weekend. read blog
Pete and Tom handicap the Woodward Stakes field racing at Saratoga this weekend. watch video
Pete and Tom handicap the Woodward Stakes field racing at Saratoga this weekend. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Woodward Stakes
- By Claire Novak
Winner of four of his five starts for Reeves Thoroughbred Racing in recent times, Mucho Macho Man is finding his best stride this year. read blog
Suburban Handicap (gr. II) winner Mucho Macho Man seeks the first grade I stakes victory of his career in the Sept. 1 Woodward at Saratoga Race Course; it would also be a first for trainer Kathy Ritvo.
Suburban Handicap (gr. II) winner Mucho Macho Man returned to the work tab for the first time since his July 7 victory with a bullet four-furlong breeze on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 12.
If the first three Breeders' Cup Challenge races were any indication, the road to the 29th Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 3 at Santa Anita (NBC 8-9 p.m. ET) is going to be one fun ride.
Even though it's more than a week away, the Aug. 3-5 stakes extravaganza at Saratoga Race Course is taking shape, with the release by the New York Racing Association of a list of probables for the four graded stakes.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
On the same weekend that Darley announced the retirement of Holy Bull from stud duty, his grandson Mucho Macho Man paid due tribute with a stunning victory in the Suburban Handicap.
The impressive Suburban Handicap (gr. II) victory of Mucho Macho Man on July 7 is in interesting juxtaposition to the pensioning of his grandsire, Holy Bull, which was announced one day later. read blog
Evan recaps the wins by Game On Dude, Musical Romance, Mucho Macho Man and more! watch video
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.
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