A 'TDN Rising Star' Among Two Impressive Mucho Macho Man Winners

09.20.2018 -

Mucho Macho Man's Mucho Gusto lived up to the hype and then some with an ultra-impressive debut victory at Los Alamitos Thursday to become his freshman sire fourth winner and first ‘TDN Rising Star.’ Mucho Macho Man was represented by winner #5 just a short time later.

Mucho Gusto was hammered down to even-money favoritism and the $625,000 juvenile buy broke on top from his rail draw and was just loping along under a motionless Joe Talamo as he zipped through a first quarter in :21.96. He floated out three wide turning for home, but was still going easily, registering a half-mile in :45.75. Confronted by a rival to his inside at the top of the stretch, the chestnut instantly powered clear when given the signal by Talamo, pouring it on down the lane to win by a geared-down four lengths. 

"I think the farther the better, he's got a real fluid stride," Talamo said.

Mucho Gusto brought $95,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September sale and then RNA’d for $55,000 at the OBS March sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat over the synthetic He was subsequently sent through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale two months later, where he summoned $625,000 from Michael Lund Petersen after working a quarter-mile over a sloppy dirt track in an eye-catching :21 1/5. He is currently the most expensive offspring of 2013 GI Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Mucho Macho Man to be sold at auction.

Mucho Gusto was bred in Kentucky by Teneri Farm out of the Giant's Causeway Itsagiantcauseway who hails from the fine Pin Oak Stud family of Canadian Horse of the Year and MGISW Peaks and Valleys and MGSW millionaire Alternation.

Less than a hour and a half after Mucho Gusto got his picture taken in California, the Mucho Macho Man filly Belle Laura also scored an impressive four-length Maiden Special victory, this one over the Churchill Downs grass course. 

Breaking from post 9 under Julian Leparoux in the one mile affair, Belle Laura stalked the early leaders before swinging out five-wide at the top of the stretch. She displayed an impressive turn of foot from there to surge past the leaders and coast to the wire, stopping the timer in 1:39.44.

Like Mucho Gusto, Belle Laura is out of a mare by Giant's Causeway. She was bred in Kentucky by Mucho Macho Man's owners Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and sold to Soffia-Hernan Gomez at last year's Fasig-Tipton October Yearling sale. She's trained by Norm Casse.

-portions edited from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com, Benoit photo

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