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Mucho Macho Man retired to Adena Springs

Mucho Macho Man will stand alongside his sire, Macho Uno (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

Reigning Breeders' Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man has been retired from racing, and will enter stud at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm in Paris, Kentucky. A fee for the six-year-old earner of $5.6 million will be announced at a later date.

Mucho Macho Man heads to the breeding shed after a stellar career, having won or placed 20 times in 25 starts, coast to coast. Campaigned for most of his career by Dean and Patti Reeves and trained by Kathy Ritvo, Mucho Macho Man served early notice of his talent, with runner-up efforts in the Nashua and Remsen at Aqueduct as a two-year-old, despite being a June 15 foal. On the Triple Crown trail, he won the Risen Star and ran a gallant third in the Kentucky Derby behind champion Animal Kingdom.

Following the classics, Mucho Macho Man won or placed in all 12 of his subsequent starts on fast tracks, including nine Grade 1 or Grade 2 races. His seven wins during that stretch included open length victories in the Gulfstream Park Handicap, Suburban Handicap, and Awesome Again, culminating in his tenacious win in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. This year, he opened the season with a dominant 14-length win in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream, his second victory in that event. He was fourth in the Santa Anita Handicap in his final career start.

"Mucho Macho Man gave Patti and our team enormous pleasure," owner Dean Reeves said. "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."

Bred in Florida by John Rio and Carole Rio, Mucho Macho Man concludes his career with a mark of 25-9-5-6, $5,625,410.

"Mucho Macho Man was so tough and genuine. He gave his all every time," trainer Kathy Ritvo said. "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 will stand alongside his sire, champion and Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Macho Uno, and four other Breeders' Cup Classic winners: Alphabet Soup, Awesome Again, Fort Larned, and Ghostzapper.

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