Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man has been retired and will stand at stud at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Farm in Paris, Ky.
The son of Macho Uno, owned by Dean and Patti Reeves of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, retires with over $5.6 million in earnings and a record of 9-5-6 from 25 starts.
He raced twice this year, a win in the Florida Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park and a fourth to Game On Dude in the Santa Anita Handicap in March.
“Mucho Macho Man was so tough and genuine,” trainer Kathy Ritvo said on the RTR website. “He gave his all every time.
“After five seasons of training and racing, he shows signs of some minor wear and tear. He is still sound and happy, but we have decided that it is in his best interests to retire him. He has nothing more to prove to any of us.”
Mucho Macho Man was one of three horses to compete in all three Triple Crown races in 2011, along with Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness winner Shackleford.
He raced three times at Saratoga Race Course, finished third in a maiden race as a 2-year-old in 2010, second to To Honor and Serve in the Woodward as a 4-year-old and third behind Cross Traffic and Successful Dan in last year’s Whitney.
“Mucho Macho Man gave Patti and our team enormous pleasure,” Dean Reeves said on his website. “He has generated so many fans, both in the state of Georgia and nationwide. We are extremely excited about him joining the star-studded roster at Adena Springs, and look forward to supporting him as a stallion and racing his progeny.”
At Adena Springs, Mucho Macho Man will join his sire and four other Breeders’ Cup Classic winners, Alphabet Soup, Awesome Again, Fort Larned and Ghostzapper.