'Authorative' New Stakes Winner for Mucho Macho Man

02.18.2019 -

The expected challenge against the speedy Mucho Unusual never materialized in Monday’s $200,351 California Cup Oaks at Santa Anita.

Mucho Unusual led narrowly by a half-length midway through the one-mile turf race, and pulled away from eight rivals in early stretch to win by three lengths. The proceedings left jockey Joel Rosario slightly surprised, but content with the outcome.

“I know she had speed,” Rosario said. “I let her do what she wanted to do. I thought I would follow someone if they wanted the lead.”

Mucho Unusual won her first stakes in the California Cup Oaks for 3-year-old statebred fillies, her turf debut for owner and breeder George Krikorian, and trainer Tim Yakteen.

Mucho Unusual was timed in 1:36.92. She set a modest pace of 24.14 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 48.84 for a half-mile.

“She has a nice cruising speed,” Rosario said. “She ran a very big race.”

Santa Anita track announcer Frank Mirahmadi concurred, exclaiming inside the 1/8 pole

"This is going to be an authoriative score for Mucho Unusual!"

Lippy finished second, a half-length in front of her Doug O'Neill stablemate Lakerball. 

Mucho Unusual, by Mucho Macho Man, has won 2 of 5 starts and earned $200,420. The California Cup Oaks was Mucho Unusual’s third appearance in a stakes. In 2018, Mucho Unusual was second in the Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar last August in her debut and the Golden State Juvenile Fillies here in November.

Mucho Macho Man is also the sire of leading Kentucky Derby contender Mucho Gusto, who cruised to victory in the February 3 Robert B. Lewis S. (G2) over the Santa Anita main track.

Mucho Macho Man's February stakes haul prompted the Paulick Report's Bloodstock Editor Joe Nevills to tweet: "Mucho Macho Man's runners are getting good at an alarming rate. Mucho Unusual is the latest example in the Cal Cup Oaks."

- edited from www.drf.com

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