Mucho Macho Man

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

Precocious Juvenile. Classic 3YO. Dominant Older Horse.

  • First starter, first winner! Mucho Amor, wire-to-wire going 4 1/2F at Keeneland 
  • From first 10 juveniles sold: $625,000, $575,000, $260,000, $150,000, $105,000, etc.
  • First 2YOs: "good movers & correct", "precocious & willing"
  • Yearlings sold for: $170,000, $140,000, $135,000, $120,000 (colt topper), $115,000, $110,000, $100,0000, etc.
  • Breeders' Cup Classic winner over champions Will Take Charge & Declaration of War
  • Half-brother to $2 million yearling Marconi (GSP) & $775,000 yearling Southern Girl (SW)
  • 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)
$575,000 OBS March Colt - :20.4
Mucho Macho Man TV Spot
Risen Star S. (G2)
$260,000 OBS March Filly - :9.4 Breeze
Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)
Sunshine Millions Classic (2012)
$625,000 FTMD Colt - Bullet :21.1
Sunshine Millions Classic (2014)
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



'Spectacular' Mucho Macho Man 2YO Commands $625,000 at FT Midlantic Sale

A speedy colt from the first crop of Mucho Macho Man was purchased by Michael Lund Petersen for...

A speedy colt from the first crop of Mucho Macho Man was purchased by Michael Lund Petersen for $625,000 during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale.

Consigned as Hip 278 by Kirkwood Stables, the colt breezed the fastest quarter mile of :21 1/5 during the under tack workouts leading up to the sale. The next fastest quarter was :23 3/5. The colt had been a $55,000 buy-back at the Ocala Breeders' Sales March juvenile sale and was previously acquired for $95,000 from Select Sales at the 2017 Keeneland September yearling sale.

"He matured a little bit," Kirkwood's Kip Elser said of the difference between the OBS sale at which the colt was bought back and the result Monday. Elser said the colt had worked well both over the synthetic surface at OBS and on dirt at the Maryland State Fairgrounds where the Fasig-Tipton sale takes place. "He was good on the poly (an eighth in :10 flat) and he was spectacular on the dirt," the South Carolina-based trainer said. "He was brilliant here and he stood out and sold."

Watch Hip #278's bullet breeze

Produced from the winning Giant's Causeway mare Itsagiantcauseway, the colt is from the extended female family of Canadian Horse of the Year and sire Peaks and Valleys and multiple grade 2 winner Alternation. He was bred in Kentucky by Teneri Farm and Bernardo Alvarez Calderon.

Half of the first 10 Mucho Macho Man juveniles sold have now commanded six figure bids, including a $560,000 colt at the OBS March sale and the $260,000 Hargus, who became his sire's first winner by blitzing a Maiden Special field at Keeneland on April 26.

-edited from by Tibor Szlavik

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Mucho Macho Man retired in 2015. His first crop races in 2018.
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Updated 10/24/17 

Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man is by champion 2yo Macho Uno out of a mare by the Two Punch stallion Ponche. Like his sire, he promises to blend with a wide array of influences.

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.

Mucho Macho Man’s dam is out of a mare by Nijinsky II and reinforcing that influence may also prove beneficial. Nijinsky II is found in the pedigrees of nine 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.

Mucho Macho Man’s dam, Ponche de Leona, has produced two accomplished offspring by Tapit - SW Southern Girl and a $2 million yearling - making his daughters and granddaughters especially intriguing. Seattle Slew-line mares in general are exciting as Mucho Macho Man is a complete outcross to that influence, one with which Macho Uno has had good success (12 stakes horses).

Nijinsky II and Storm Bird are bred similarly and we find the latter influence in the dams of five Macho Uno stakes horses. Among those are GSW/Millionaire Danon Legend out of a Storm Cat daughter and 2017 SW Hy Riverside, second dam by the Storm Cat son Hennessy. Two of Mucho Macho Man’s top-selling first-crop yearlings are out mares by the Storm Cat sons Pure Prize and Giant’s Causeway. Another Storm Cat son, Forestry (and his son Shackleford), are also interesting as they are sources of Dr. Fager.

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.

Danzig is another Northern Dancer-line influence to target. From three starters out of mares by the Forty Niner son Distorted Humor (dam by Danzig) Macho Uno has sired two stakes horses including 2017 SW Hy Riverside. Macho Uno has sired other good ones like G1W Wicked Style and G2W Potesta out of mares showing Danzig. Mucho Macho Man’s $140,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling is out mare by the Danzig grandson North Light (by Danehill). We can also take clues from the stallion career of Munnings, who’s bred on the reverse of the Holy Bull/Mr. Prospector cross. His best runner, G1W I’m A Chatterbox, is out of a Danzig granddaughter as is his 2017 G3W Munny Spunt.

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.

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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