Mucho Macho Man

Macho Uno - Ponche de Leona, by Ponche , 16.3 hands

A Sire In The Making

  • #1 Sire in his crop by APEX 'A Runner Index' - 2.53 
  • Sire of Mucho Gusto, 4x Graded winner & 2x Grade 1-placed 
  • Sire of Mucho Unusual, Grade 2 winner at Del Mar
  • Other blacktype runners include SW Mucho Amor (by 6 lengths), MGSP Belle Laura
  • Sire of 'TDN Rising Stars' in California & New York 
  • "Mucho Macho Man was arguably at his most impressive when on the move, with his long stride...Now several of his youngsters have shown that they have inherited plenty of his talent." - Andrew Caulfield, TDN
  • 2YOs have sold for: $625,000, $575,000, $260,000, etc.
  • Yearlings have sold for: $170,000, $170,000 (session topper), $140,000, $135,000, $120,000 (colt topper), etc.
  • Breeders' Cup Classic winner over champions Will Take Charge & Declaration of War
  • Half-brother to $2 million yearling/G2SW Marconi & $775,000 yearling/SW Southern Girl
  • Multiple Grade 1 winner of $5,625,410
  • "He has a tremendous stride...and he's very athletic" - Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens
  • Precocious: multiple Graded-placed at 2
  • Classic: Graded winner & Classic-placed at 3
  • Tough, sound & durable: SW at 3, 4, 5 & 6; competed in all 3 Triple Crown races before turning 3
  • Defeated 8 G1 winners in Breeders' Cup Classic triumph
  • By Eclipse Champion Juvenile & leading sire Macho Uno out of a juvenile Stakes-winning mare
Mucho Macho Man Macho Uno Holy Bull Great Above
Sharon Brown
Primal Force Blushing Groom (FR)
Prime Prospect
Ponche De Leona Ponche Two Punch
Street Ballet
Perfect and Proud Nonparrell
Proud Sal
Awesome Again S. (G1)
Suburban H. (G2)
Mucho Unusual - California Cup Oaks
Mucho Gusto - Robert B. Lewis S. (G3)
Mucho Macho Man TV Spot
Risen Star S. (G2)
Mucho Gusto - Bob Hope S. (G3)
Mucho Gusto - Lazaro Barrera S. (G3)
Mucho Unusual - San Clemente S. (G2)
Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)
Mucho Gusto - Affirmed S. (G3)
Mucho Amor - 1st Mucho Macho Man Starter & Winner
Race Record
Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
2 5 1 3 1 $110,643
3 7 2 0 2 $533,000
4 6 3 2 1 $1,712,767
5 5 2 0 2 $2,984,000
6 2 1 0 0 $285,000
Totals 25 9 5 6 $5,625,410

At 2


  • Remen S. -G2
  • Nashua S. -G2

At 3


  • Risen Star S. -G2


  • Kentucky Derby -G1
  • Louisiana Derby -G2  

At 4


  • Suburban H. -G2
  • Gulfstream Park H. -G2
  • Sunshine Millions Classic


  • Breeders' Cup Classic -G1
  • Woodward S. -G1 


  • Alysheba S. -G2 

At 5
Eclipse Award finalist


  • Breeders' Cup Classic -G1
  • Awesome Again S. -G1


  • Whitney H. -G1
  • Criminal Type S. 

At 6


  • Sunshine Millions Classic



Mucho Unusual Makes Stunning Late Run to Capture San Clemente S. (G2)

George Krikorian's homebred filly Mucho Unusual showed off her tremendous turn of foot July 20,...

George Krikorian's homebred filly Mucho Unusual showed off her tremendous turn of foot July 20, rallying from last in the field of 10 to claim the $201,755 San Clemente Stakes (G2) over one mile at Del Mar. 

The 3-year-old filly is the latest Stakes winner for her sire, 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Mucho Mucho Man, who was also represented by Haskell Inv. (G1) runner-up Mucho Gusto on the third Saturday in July.

Sent out as the 5-2 co-favorite with Keeper Ofthe Stars, Mucho Unusual broke slowly under Joel Rosario and went to the rear of the field, running well back and off the pace. 

Harmless and Devils Dance each vied for command from the break, with Harmless getting the upper hand as they reached the six-furlong point in 1:10.84. But the lead was short-lived as fast-moving grade 3 winner Apache Princess, under Kent Desormeaux, swung out leaving the backstretch and made a four-wide bid for control. 

With seven lengths to make up to catch the leader, Mucho Unusual was angled out even farther to the outside by Rosario and dug in. Drifting back in toward the middle of the field as they approached the finish, Mucho Unusual kicked home under left-handed urging in a massive final effort to pass Apache Princess. The 3-year-old bay managed to eke out the win by a neck in 1:34.66 on firm turf.

"She just didn't show me a lot (of speed) early, so I let her do her thing away from there," said Rosario. "On the backside, she wanted to go, so we went after them. Turning for home, I thought about going down inside, but she was making up ground and I didn't want to chance it. She had that nice acceleration through the stretch, and we got it. I love it here at Del Mar." 

"I left (race tactics) up to Joel, but I was just as surprised as everybody else that she was as far back as she was," said the filly's trainer, Tim Yakteen. "She was doing really well, and I conveyed that to Joel in the paddock. We're really pleased with her effort. Things have been going according to plan, and this is one industry where that doesn't often happen. The prep race at Santa Anita set her up well for this, and this should set her up well for the (Aug. 17 Del Mar) Oaks (G1)." 

It was the third consecutive victory—and first in a graded stakes—for the daughter of Adena Springs rising stallion Mucho Macho Man. She earned black-type honors Feb. 18 in the California Cup Oaks at Santa Anita Park before scoring again four months later in a June 16 allowance optional claiming race at the Southern California track. 

Bred in California, Mucho Unusual is the fifth foal out of the Unusual Heat mare Not Unusual. It was the only time Not Unusual has been mated to a sire other than California-based Mr. Big . Not Unusual has produced stakes-placed Unusually Big and grade 3 victor Big Score. The mare has a yearling colt named Big Talker and a filly born April 13. 

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Mucho Macho Man has sired:
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Mucho Macho Man's first crop are 3YOs of 2019. He has sired:
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MUCHO UNUSUAL - $372,680
(dam by Unusual Heat)
1st San Clemente S. G2 (8F, Turf)
1st California Cup Oaks (8F, Turf)
2nd Golden State Juvenile Fillies (7F, Dirt)
2nd Generous Portion S. (6F, Dirt)

- $630,800
(dam by Giant's's Causeway)
1st Robert B. Lewis S. G3 (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Affirmed S. G3 (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Bob Hope S. G3 (7F, Dirt)
2nd Haskell Inv. G1 (9F, Dirt)
2nd CashCall Futurity G1 (8.5F, Dirt), etc.

MUCHO AMOR - $111,990
(dam by Rock Hard Ten)
1st Seattle S. (6F, Dirt)
2nd Kent S. (6.5F, Dirt)
2nd Irish Day S. (8.5F, Dirt)

He's a Macho Man - $186,093
(dam by Lemon Drop Kid)
2nd Breeders' S. (12F, Turf)

Belle Laura - $87,732
(dam by Giant's Causeway)
3rd Jessamine S. G2 (8.5F, Turf)
3rd Herecomesthebride S. G3 (8.5F, Turf)


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Updated July 21, 2019 

Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man is by champion 2-year-old Macho Uno out of a mare by the Two Punch stallion Ponche. Like his sire, he promises to be effective with a wide array of modern pedigree influences.

A good number of Mucho Macho Man’s early winners are out of Storm Cat-line mares and two of his early blacktype runners - MGW/G1SP Mucho Gusto and GSP Belle Laura - are out of mares by Storm Cat’s best sire son Giant’s Causeway

Macho Uno’s successes with Storm Cat includes GSW/millionaire Danon Legend and SW Revenant One out of a Storm Cat daughters, SW Hy Riverside (2nd dam by the Storm Cat son Hennessy) and SW Done Deal is out of a mare by Tale of the Cat.

Mucho Macho Man’s G2SW Mucho Unusual is out of a mare by another Northern Dancer-line stallion Unusual Heat, a son of Nureyev.

Mucho Macho Man’s dam is out of a mare by Nijinsky II, a close relative of Storm Cat’s sire Storm Bird. Reinforcing the Nijinsky II influence is proving beneficial as Mucho Gusto and SW Mucho Amor are out of mares carrying that influence. Nijinsky II is found in the pedigrees of 12 Macho Uno stakes horses including G2W Overheard. The Fappiano grandson Broken Vow (by Unbridled) is out of a mare by Nijinsky II, who’s also found in the pedigree of the dams of Malibu Moon, Tapit and Rubiano (by Fappiano), damsire of War Front.

Danzig is another promising Northern Dancer-line influence. From a small group of starters out of mares by the Forty Niner son Distorted Humor (dam by Danzig), Macho Uno has sired a pair of stakes horses including SW Hy Riverside. Macho Uno has sired the additional graded stakes winners Wicked Style (G1W) and Potesta (G2W) out of mares showing Danzig. Mucho Macho Man's G2SP Belle Laura is out of a mare showing the Danzig son Dayjur.

Mucho Macho Man’s dam has produced two good ones by Tapit - SW Southern Girl and $2 million yearling/SW Marconi - making his daughters and granddaughters intriguing. Seattle Slew-influenced mares are promising overall as G2SW Mucho Unusual’s 2nd dam is by the Slew son General Meeting and is inbred tail-male to Bold Ruler. GSP Belle Laura and SW Mucho Amor are also out of mares showing a Bold Ruler double (through 6 generations) and all of Mucho Macho Man's early blacktype runners are out of dams showing at least one strain of Bold Ruler.

Mares from showing the Fappiano influence hold high promise for Mucho Macho Man. Fappiano’s damsire, Dr. Fager, is a half-brother to Ta Wee, dam of Mucho Macho Man’s great grandsire Great Above. Reinforcing their dam, Aspidistra, in the pedigree has been successful over the past few decades in American pedigrees and for Macho Uno in particular. We see this pattern in Macho Uno's Classic winner Harlem Rocker, G2W Mucho Mas Macho and SW/Sovereign Award finalist Decision Day (dam by Unbridled's Song), etc.

The Macho Uno/Wild Again cross has yielded G1W Macho Again and G3W Silsita and one of Mucho Macho Man’s early six-figure yearlings is out of a mare by the Wild Again son Vicar.

Given that Macho Uno is a half-brother to Awesome Again (by Deputy Minister) it would be prudent to consider Vice Regent/Deputy Minister-line mares. Vice Regent appears in a total of 15 stakes horses by Macho Uno, including G1W winner Private Zone and MG3W/G1SP Tommy Macho.

Mucho Macho Man hails from the same extended female line as Dynaformer and pedigree expert Avalyn Hunter suggested in a post that: “Given that both Mr. Prospector and Blushing Groom have worked very well with Roberto, daughters and granddaughters of Dynaformer, may be an angle worth considering with Mucho Macho Man.”

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