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Mac Daddy Mac Returns Calmly to Gulfstream Park

Mac Daddy Mac Returns Calmly to Gulfstream Park by Sigi Mendoza: The chestnut three-year-old Mac Daddy Mac, once considered a Derby prospect, is returning without pressure on July 1 in a six-furlong allowance optional claiming event at Gulfstream Park.

Mac Daddy Mac

The chestnut three-year-old Mac Daddy Mac, once considered a Derby prospect, is returning with no pressure on July 1 in a six-furlong allowance optional claiming event at Gulfstream Park. Photo: Reeves Thoroughbred Racing

Mac Daddy Mac broke his maiden in a 5 ½ furlong race on Oct. 24 last year at Santa Anita. After the race, the horse was sold to the Mucho Macho Man Team, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, in attempt to participate in the Derby Trail. In his second start, the horse gave a tough battle and finished second in the Bob Hope Stakes (GIII) behind Toews on Ice. That was a very nice effort, considering the winner had more experience and was already a multiple stakes winner.

Unfortunately, Mac Daddy Mac hasn’t run since then.

Mac Daddy Mac has been recording pretty fast workouts for his return, giving the impression the horse is fit and ready to show all his skills at the track.

In an attempt to uncover more news about Mac Daddy Mac, we contacted Dean Reeves from Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, who kindly provided some updates on the horse.

Even though Mac Daddy Mac looks very sharp in the mornings, his connections are taking things calmly.

“We thought this was a good spot to bring him back since the layoff. Mac Daddy Mac has trained very well since recovering from a minor infection earlier this spring,” Reeves said.

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing does not have clear plan with Mac Daddy Mac, since only the horse will tell where he belongs. His performance this week would clarify some things.

“Our short term plans will become clearer after the race on Friday and we see how he performs and how he comes out of the race. We have several options in mind which include upcoming races at Gulfstream Park and potential races at various tracks including Saratoga,” Mr. Reeves added.

Mac Daddy Mac’s dam, Abuela Esther (URU), was an excellent sprinter in Uruguay, but she has produced horses with the ability to win in two-turn races, like Marathon Lady (Graeme Hall) and Rescind the Trade (Put it Back), so one of the plans is to stretch out Mac Daddy Mac gradually.

“At some point we would like to stretch out Mac Daddy Mac and see how he performs at a one-turn mile and then possibly going two turns. With his early speed I believe he could handle some more distance in a two turn route race,” Dean Reeves stated.

Finally, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing feels satisfied with the work done with Mac Daddy Mac.

“Our trainer Kathy Ritvo has done an excellent job preparing Mac Daddy Mac and we all look forward to this race on Friday,” he explained.

Mac Daddy Mac, a son of Put it Back and the aforementioned Abuela Esther (URU) by Crater (ARG), is a lightly-raced horse with a bright future, and certainly his connections are doing a great job with him since they are not pushing the horses, choosing to take things slowly instead.

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