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Mucho Macho Man

Macho Uno - Ponche de Leona, by Ponche , 16.3 hands   ·   $10,000 S&N

North America's #1 Third Crop Sire!

  • Sire of Pegasus World Cup Inv. (G1) champion Mucho Gusto
  • Higher 2020 OBS March average ($122,500) than Uncle Mo, Hard Spun, Liam's Map, etc. 
  • Sire of G2SW/MG1SP Mucho Unusual ($505,382)
  • Also sire of Saratoga 2YO SW City Man, MGSP Belle Laura, Classic-placed He's a Macho Man, etc.
  • Progeny possess "a natural running flair" - Chris McGrath, TDN
  • Sire of 'TDN Rising Stars' in California & New York 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Half-brother to $2 million yearling/G2SW Marconi & $775,000 yearling/SW Southern Girl
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)
Mucho Unusual - California Cup Oaks
Mucho Gusto - Pegasus World Cup Inv. (G1)
Mucho Gusto - Robert B. Lewis S. (G3)
Mucho Macho Man 2020 Commercial
Mucho Gusto - Bob Hope S. (G3)
City Man - Funny Cide S.
Mucho Gusto - Lazaro Barrera S. (G3)
Mucho Unusual - San Clemente S. (G2)
Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)
Mucho Gusto - Affirmed S. (G3)
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


  • Remsen 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 Mucho Gusto Takes Flight in G1 Pegasus World Cup Inv.

Several weeks ago, it looked like Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert wouldn't have a horse in the...

Several weeks ago, it looked like Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert wouldn't have a horse in the fourth running of the G1 Pegasus World Cup. When 4-year-old Mucho Gusto put in a particularly good work from the gate on Jan. 16 at Santa Anita, Baffert decided to send the colt over to Gulfstream to contest the race.

Scratched down to a field of 10 with the loss of probable favorite Omaha Beach and of Breeders' Cup winner Spun to Run, the $3 million Pegasus was billed as a wide-open betting affair.

Instead, His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Khalid's Mucho Gusto made it under the wire an easy winner, pulling away from Mr Freeze by 4 1/2 lengths. The son of Mucho Macho Man, sent to post as the second choice at odds of 3-1, gave jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. his third win on Saturday's card, running nine furlongs over the fast main track in 1:48.85.

“You know what, the horse shipped really well and I wasn't really planning on taking him there, but he worked really well the other day,” Baffert said by phone from California. “I was going to run in the San Pasqual next week but after he worked so well I thought, 'You know what, I'm just going to take a shot at the mile-and-an-eighth and maybe that will get him ready.' He didn't get an invite to the Saudi Cup, so I thought maybe if he runs well enough he'll get an invitation.

“...he looked great in the warm-up; Irad Ortiz did a pretty masterful job. He had me a little bit worried the way he was down inside like that, but he knew what he was doing. When he tilted out at the quarter pole, all I could say was 'Damn, I wish I would have flown down there!' But it was pretty exciting.”

Mucho Gusto was extremely quick out of the starting gate, making his way to the lead and the rail in the short run up to the clubhouse turn. Mr Freeze rushed up on his outside to demand the early lead, followed by Bodexpress and Higher Power, leaving Ortiz and Mucho Gusto to settle in a perfect stalking position in fourth.

Mr Freeze set fractions of :23.37 and :47.78 on the front end, with Ortiz saving ground at the rail on Mucho Gusto. Bodexpress was always tugging hard at the bridle, and he was the first to challenge Mr Freeze in the far turn.

When Ortiz tipped Mucho Gusto out to the three-path to make his run, it took the colt a few strides to increase his momentum. Meanwhile Mr Freeze had managed to pull away from Bodexpress, but Mucho Gusto got to rolling by the head of the lane and the race was over.

“I had a great trip,” said Ortiz, just crowned with the Eclipse Award for leading jockey in 2019. “He got a great start and felt good. He relaxed so well and we were able to save ground. At the three-eighths pole I tipped him out and he took off. He was much the best. I think he just took off and opened up easy. He's a nice horse.”

Cruising under the wire an easy Winner, Mucho Gusto defeated Mr Freeze by 4 1/2 lengths. War Story closed from the rear of the field to finish third, while Diamond Oops checked in fourth.

The remaining order of finish was: Bodexpress, Tenfold, Seeking the Soul, True Timber, Tax, and Higher Power.

Bred in Kentucky by Teneri Farm Inc. and Bernardo Alvarez Calderon, Mucho Gusto is out of the winning Giant's Causeway mare Itsagiantcauseway. A sales veteran, Mucho Gusto went under the hammer four times in his formative years, eventually bringing $625,000 from Michael Lund Petersen at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old in training sale.

The colt broke his maiden on debut, then won the G3 Bob Hope in just his second career start. He closed out his juvenile season with a second-place finish in the G1 Los Al Futurity, and started out his 3-year-old campaign with a win in the G3 Robert Lewis. After finishing third in the Sunland Derby, he returned to Santa Anita to win both the G3 Laz Barrera and G3 Affirmed before striking out east to run in the G1 Haskell.

Second behind Maximum Security in the Haskell and third in the Travers, Mucho Gusto's last start of 2019 came in the form of a fourth-place finish in September's G3 Oklahoma Derby. The layoff appeared to work in his favor as Mucho Gusto dominated the Pegasus, improving his overall record to 6-2-2 from 11 starts for earnings of over $2.5 million.

“The way he broke, I told Irad to warm him up well so that he would get away from there, and he did,” Baffert continued. “He could have won from the 12-hole. He just showed up. We've always wanted to see him run a race like that, but he got beat by Maximum Security, he's been chasing some really good horses.”

-edited from www.paulickreport.com

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Mucho Macho Man has sired:
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Mucho Macho Man has sired:
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- $3,941,800
(dam by Giant's's Causeway)
1st Pegasus World Cup Inv. G1 (9F, Dirt)
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)
3rd Travers S. G1 (10F, Dirt), etc.

MUCHO UNUSUAL - $505,382
(dam by Unusual Heat)
1st San Clemente S. G2 (8F, Turf)
1st California Cup Oaks (8F, Turf)
2nd American Oaks G1 (10F, Turf)
2nd Gamely S. G1 (9F, Turf)
3rd Buena Vista S. G2 (8F, Turf), etc.

CITY MAN - $192,200
(dam by City Zip)
1st Funny Cide S. (6.5F, Dirt)
3rd Bertram F. Bongard S. (7F, Dirt)

MUCHO AMOR - $121,440
(dam by Rock Hard Ten)
1st Seattle S. (6F, Dirt)
2nd Kent S. (6.5F, Dirt)
2nd Irish Day S. (8.5F, Dirt)
3rd Camillo Uro S. (5F, Turf)

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

Belle Laura - $91,230
(dam by Giant's Causeway)
3rd Jessamine S. G2 (8.5F, Turf)
3rd Herecomesthebride S. G3 (8.5F, Turf)

Sincerity - $41,580
(dam by Kafwain)
3rd La. Champions Day Lassie (6F, Dirt)


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Updated January 25, 2020

Like his sire Macho Uno, Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man is working with a wide array of modern pedigree influences.

Two of Mucho Macho Man’s early blacktype horses are out of mares by the Storm Cat son Giant’s Causeway - G1W Mucho Gusto and G2SP Belle Laura.

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

Roberto is Giant's Causeway's second damsire and we find this influence in 70% of the early Mucho Macho Man blacktype horses. Two others are through Kris S. with another showing Silver Hawk.

Mucho Macho Man’s G2W/G1SP Mucho Unusual is out of a mare by another Northern Dancer-line stallion Unusual Heat, a son of Nureyev. We also find Nureyev in the pedigree of Classic-placed He's a Macho Man.

Mucho Macho Man’s damsire Ponche is out of a mare by Nijinsky II, a close relative of Storm Cat’s sire Storm Bird. Reinforcing Nijinsky II is proving beneficial as Mucho Gusto and SW Mucho Amor are out of mares carrying that influence. 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 (by Danzig).

Danzig is another promising Northern Dancer-line target as three of Mucho Macho Man's stakes runners so far are out of mares carrying Danzig - SW City Man (Belong to Me), SW Mucho Amor (War Chant) and G2SP Belle Laura (Dayjur). This is a continuation of the success Macho Uno has had with Danzig - G1W Wicked Style, G2W Potesta, etc.

A good deal of Macho Uno’s blacktype runners are out of mares carrying Mr. Prospector and so far around 80% of Mucho Macho Man's blacktype horses are too. 

Unbeaten 2-year-old SW City Man is out of a mare by the Carson City son City Zip. Classic-placed He’s a Macho Man is out of a mare by Lemon Drop Kid, a son of Kingmambo (dam by Nureyev). We find Mr. Prospector in the 2nd damlines of Mucho Gusto (Seeking the Gold) and G2SP Belle Laura (Mr. Greeley, by Gone West). 

Considering Macho Uno’s success, mares carrying Forty Niner, especially through his son Distorted Humor, are also interesting for Mucho Macho Man. Macho Uno has sired two SWs from a small group of starters out of mares by Distorted Humor (dam by Danzig).

Mucho Macho Man’s dam has produced two good ones by Tapit - SW Southern Girl and $2 million yearling/G2W 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 (within 6 generations). All of Mucho Macho Man's early blacktype runners are out of dams showing at least one strain of Bold Ruler.

Mares 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, has been successful over the past few decades in American pedigrees and for Macho Uno in particular - 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 from a handful of starters.

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

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