Mucho Gusto 'Stylish' Winner of G3 Lazaro Barrera Stakes

05.18.2019 -

Breaking from the rail for the third time in his six-race career, Bob Baffert’s Mucho Gusto took serious early pressure but dictated terms throughout, shaking off his pursuers a furlong from home en route to a handy 3 ¼ length win in Saturday’s $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Joe Talamo, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Mucho Macho Man got seven furlongs in 1:22.96. He's now a 3-time Graded Stakes winner of $370,800 in just six career starts. Never off the board, he's also placed in the Grade 1 Los Al Futurity and Sunland Derby (G3).

“He’s drawn the rail a lot and he’s still able to relax after he gets serious pressure,” said Talamo, who’s ridden Mucho Gusto in all of his races. “Today, he took two or three breathers around the turn and then he took off…After he broke his maiden (first time out at Los Alamitos on Sept. 20), I started working him a lot at Del Mar. He never acted like a 2-year-old, he acted like an older horse.”

Third going a mile and one eighth in the Grade III Sunland Derby March 24, Mucho Gusto, who is out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Itsagiantcauseway, was off as the 1-2 favorite in field of six sophomores and paid $3.00, $2.20 and $2.10.

Mucho Gusto was bred by Teneri Farm Inc. and Bernardo Alvarez Calderon and is owned by Michael Lund Petersen, who purchased the flashy colt for $625,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Old in Training auction.

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