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 Bloodhorse.com 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.”