Mucho Macho Man

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

Precocious Juvenile. Classic 3YO. Dominant Older Horse.

  • Breeders' Cup Classic winner over champions Will Take Charge & Declaration of War
  • First yearlings have sold for $140,000, etc. 
  • Half-brother to a $2 million yearling at Keeneland September 
  • Half-brother to $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 stakes-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
  • "As tough as he was talented..." -  Thoroughbred Racing Commentary
  • "...a good choice for people looking for a sire with outcross bloodlines and the potential to get two-turn horses." - pedigree expert Avalyn Hunter
  • One of only five horses in history to hit the board in multiple Breeders' Cup Classics
  • 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 Macho Man TV Spot
Risen Star S. (G2)
Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)
Sunshine Millions Classic (2012)
Sunshine Millions Classic (2014)
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 Macho Man's 1/2 Brother Sells for $2M at Keeneland September

Powerhouse buyers Bridlewood Farm and Coolmore teamed up to secure a colt by Tapit for $2 million...

Powerhouse buyers Bridlewood Farm and Coolmore teamed up to secure a colt by Tapit for $2 million during an action packed finish to Wednesday's final book 1 session of the Keeneland September sale.

Out of Ponche de Leona (Ponche), the yearling is a half-brother to GI Breeders' Cup Classic winner and Adena Springs Kentucky stallion Mucho Macho Man (by Macho Uno). He was consigned to the sale by Eaton Sales on behalf of breeder Betty Moran's Brushwood Stable.

"In my opinion, he was the nicest Tapit in the sale," Bridlewood manager George Isaacs said after signing the ticket out back. "And he has a stallion pedigree. Coolmore had asked us to consider partnering with them on a nice colt to try to potentially be a stallion. It"s the old adage, if you can't lick them, join them. We're happy to be part of that."

Three years earlier at Keeneland September a Tapit/Ponche de Leona filly sold for $775,000 to Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm. She earned her first stakes victory on September 10 in the Shine Again Stakes.

Adena Springs sold Ponche de Leona carrying Mucho Macho Man at the 2007 Keeneland November sale.

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Mucho Macho Man has sired:
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Mucho Macho Man retired in 2015. His first crop races in 2018.
Progeny Photo Gallery Mating Recommendations

Updated October 11, 2016 

Mares from the Fappiano-line hold high promise for Mucho Macho Man. Fappiano’s damsire, Dr. Fager, is a half-brother to Ta Wee, the dam of Mucho Macho Man’s great grandsire Great Above. Inbreeding/linebreeding to their dam, Aspidistra, has been successful for Macho Uno (Classic winner Harlem Rocker, G2W Mucho Mas Macho, etc). We also see this pattern in the pedigree of another Holy Bull granddaughter, GSW Flashy American, as well as G1Ws like Unbridled and Quiet American.

Forestry (by Storm Cat) is another source of Dr. Fager (sire of his second dam) and mares from the larger Storm Cat broodmare line should go well with Mucho Macho Man. For example, Macho Uno’s GSW/millionaire Danon Legend is out of a mare by Storm Cat.

Mucho Macho Man is a complete outcross for Bold Ruler/Seattle Slew-line mares and they can be considered prime targets for the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner. His sire, Macho Uno has sired 12 stakes horses with mares showing Seattle Slew, including G2W Macho Macho (dam by General Meeting) & MGSW Tommy Macho (second dam by Seattle Slew). Macho Uno has also sired stakes winners or graded-placed runners out of daughters of Pulpit (by A. P. Indy), Capote and Vindication. Mucho Macho Man’s dam, Ponche de Leona, has produced two offspring by Tapit: a stakes-winning 3yo filly, Southern Girl, and a yearling colt who brought $2 million at Keeneland September 2016. Mares from the Pulpit/Tapit branch of the Seattle Slew line may be particularly interesting for Mucho Macho Man.

Given that Mucho Macho Man’s sire, Macho Uno, is a half-brother to Awesome Again (by Deputy  Minister) it would be prudent to consider Vice Regent/Deputy Minister-line mares for Mucho Macho Man. In fact, Vice Regent appears in the pedigrees of 14 stakes horses by Macho Uno, including MG1W winner Private Zone, whose second dam is by Deputy Minister. Macho Uno has also sired stakes horses out of mares by the Deputy Minister sons Silver Deputy and Touch Gold, including G1-placed Indulgence.

Danzig is another Northern Dancer-line influence to target with Mucho Macho Man. Macho Uno has sired G1W Wicked Style and G2W Potesta out of mares showing Danzig. Munnings is bred on the reverse of the Holy Bull/Mr. Prospector cross and his best runner, MG1W I’m A Chatterbox, is out of a Danzig granddaughter.

Mucho Macho Man is one of the great successes of the Holy Bull/Nijinsky II confluence. Holy Bull-line stallions have sired at least 15 stakes winners (10 graded) out of Nijinsky II-influenced dams. This group includes Macho Uno’s G2Ws Overheard and Macho Macho. Overall, there are over 500 stakes winners and some 85 G1Ws that show a double of Nijinsky II within five generations, making mares that carry Nijinsky II interesting candidates for Mucho Macho Man.

From only eight starters out of mares by Wild Again, Macho Uno has sired G1W Macho Again and G3W Silsita. Wild Again is also the second damsire of an additional Macho Uno stakes horse.

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, with suitable conformation may be an angle worth considering with Mucho Macho Man.”

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