Hallandale Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Breeders' Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man went to the track Saturday for a workout at Gulfstream Park. The 6-year-old is gearing up for a probable start in the $400,000 Sunshine Millions Classic for Florida-bred horses at Gulfstream on Jan. 18.
Trained by Kathy Ritvo, Mucho Macho Man and his regular exercise rider Nick Petro Jr. worked four furlongs in 47.77 seconds and galloped out five furlongs in 1:00 3/5.
"He did it easy, nice. He went really well. He's great, really happy," said Finn Green, stable manager for Reeves Thoroughbred Racing. "In the next several days, we'll make a decision where he'll run."
Mucho Macho Man and Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens won the $5 million Classic by a nose over Will Take Charge on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Santa Anita. Last year he was second to Fort Larned in the 1 1/4-mile Classic.
He came into the Breeders' Cup Classic off a decisive victory in the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita. However, his early races were less than superb. He failed to finish the Florida Sunshine Millions Classic in January and posted third-place results in his next two starts.
After skipping the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, he came back strong to close 2013 with his only two wins of the year.
The 5-year-old has earned $5,340,410 with eight wins in 23 career starts.