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Mucho Macho Man's Mongolian Wind Preakness-Bound After Manitoba Derby Score

08.04.2020 -

Mongolian Stables and Andrew Stronach’s three-year-old bay gelding, Mongolian Wind, ran a terrific race late Monday to capture the 72nd annual Manitoba Derby.

But the victory at Assiniboia Downs is just a precursor to a major outing in the fall. The Kentucky-bred son of Mucho Macho Man is expected to run the 2020 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland in early October.

"I want him to run him in the Preakness and I wanted to give him one more race. It’s good for us, it’s good for Manitoba, it’s good for everybody," said the Ontario-based owner. "My family owns the (Preakness) track and we want to support it. He’s just learning how to run."

Mongolian Wind, somehow carrying just 7-1 odds in the feature race with a rare 10:35 p.m. post time, with jockey Wilmer Galviz aboard, engaged the leader, Mr. Unusual, midway through the mile-and-one-eighth race and burst ahead for the stretch run.
He held off Mr. Unusual, while pre-race favourite Something Natural finished third.

"The whole bumping thing, the horse seems to get more aggressive. He’s a fighter. He didn’t want to let that other horse by him (down the stretch)," said Stronach. "He likely couldn’t see him because he had blinkers on but he could maybe hear him. He showed heart. He’s got heart."

Mucho Macho Man is the North American's leading Third Crop Sire and #1 overall sire by 2020 average earnings/starter. He's also Kentucky's #1 Third Crop Sire by blacktype winners/starters.

-edited copy & photo from www.winnipegfreepress.com


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