Thoroughbred Racing

Santa Anita welcomes Mucho Macho Man

Arcadia, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Breeders' Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man safely arrived at Santa Anita Park Sunday ahead of a start in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday, March 8.

Trained by Kathy Ritvo, Mucho Macho Man was flown from his winter stable in Florida to California to compete in the 77th running of the Big 'Cap where he will face Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Will Take Charge and defending winner Game On Dude.

"To have horses of the magnitude of Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge and Game On Dude involved in the Big 'Cap this year is extraordinary," said Tom Ludt, Senior Vice President, Racing & Gaming, Stronach Group. "The last time we had a rematch of this magnitude was in the 1988 Big 'Cap, when Ferdinand and Alysheba got together. When you consider that Game On Dude could be going for a record-breaking third win in the race - it's just unbelievable. We want to thank all of those who have committed to running and those who are considering it. It's going to be a terrific day."

Owned by Reeves Thoroughbreds and Adena Springs, Mucho Macho Man won the Sunshine Classic at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 18 by 14 lengths one year after failing to finish the race. That was his first start since winning the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.

"Kathy has done an unbelievable job with this horse and I want to thank her entire team, Dean, Patti and Finn, for allowing me to ride this horse and for bringing him here for what could be one of the greatest Big 'Caps of all time," said Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who rides the 6-year-old. "It's truly an honor to be involved in it."

The 6-year-old has earned $5.58 million in 24 starts with nine victories.

02/24 09:37:30 ET