Mucho Macho Man: Sunshine Millions Classic winner was foaled on June 15PICTURE: Getty Images
Sunshine Millions Classic falls to June foal
AN IMPRESSIVE victory by Mucho Macho Man in the $400,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park on Saturday sealed a memorable renewal of the series, which is restricted to Florida-breds.
Mucho Macho Man, who is a mid-June foal, showed the benefits of a break away from the racetrack to score unchallenged by a length-and-a-half for trainer Kathy Ritvo. The four-time winner was successful in last year's Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes and ran third in the Kentucky Derby.
The colt's $240,000 share of Saturday's prize-money propelled his sire, Macho Uno, to within the top five American sires of 2012. He is one of 14 stakes winners for his sire, the 2000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile hero who stands alongside his half-brother, Awesome Again, for $15,000 at Adena Springs in Kentucky. Other high-profile performers by the son of Holy Bull include Grade 1 winners Macho Again and Wicked Style.
Mucho Macho Man is the first winner out of Listed scorer Ponche De Leona, who is the only stakes winner within two generations of her family. The colt's breeders, John and Carole Rio, paid $33,000 for the daughter of Ponche (by Two Punch) out of the Adena Springs consignment at the 2007 Keeneland November Sale.
It was a good afternoon for Frank Stronach as not only does his Adena Springs stand Macho Uno but also owns Awesome Feather, who took her unbeaten run to nine in the Sunshine Millions Distaff. The brilliant filly, for whom Stronach paid $2.3 million at Fasig-Tipton in November 2010, is by Awesome Of Course, a son of Adena Springs' flagship stallion Awesome Again.