LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)- When the horses line up for Kentucky Derby 137 on Saturday, Mucho Macho Man will be the youngest thoroughbred in the starting gate.
All the other horses are 3-years-old, but the Macho Macho Man was born on an uncommonly late date.
Mucho Macho Man was waiting his turn to gallop Monday morning with the rest of the Derby horses, but this is one contender who may still have some growing to do.
The Macho Man was born on June 15, way past the birthdates of most thoroughbreds.
It was apparently a late breeding decision to mate his dam with Macho Uno, but Dean Reeves, the horse’s owner, saw something in the young horse and bought him after his first race.
By spring, Mucho Macho Man was mature enough to win the Risen Star at the fairgrounds in Louisiana. The horse then came to a third place finish in the Louisiana Derby, but he lost a shoe as he left the gate. Reeves thinks his horse made a very uncertain stretch run.
The youngest horse of this Derby seems to love the track. Reeves says Churchill Downs and its long stretch reminds him of the New Orleans track.
Reeves hopes the last horse to be born will be the first to the finish line on Derby day.