Mucho Gusto, runner-up in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 20 ran a strong third in the Travers G1.
Mucho Gusto was a $625,000 two-year-old purchase at Timonium prepared and consigned by Kirkwood
Said Jimmy Barnes, assistant to Bob Baffert, trainer of Mucho Gusto: “He’s trying. They’re tough races we’re competing in. He ran a great race. We had reason to jump up at the end and root for him. Take nothing away from the winner. He just breezed by us. We’ll go on from here. Not sure where, but we’ll find a spot.”
Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, Mucho Gusto worked five furlongs in 59.20 seconds, the fastest of 39 workers at the distance. Baffert said Mucho Gusto will be shipped on Tuesday, and that his assistant Jimmy Barnes will be at the race.
Mucho Gusto won a pair of Grade 3 events at Santa Anita Park, the Laz Barerra and the Affirmed in his two previous starts before the Haskell, where he finished 1 ¼ lengths behind the winner, Maximum Security. He’s hit the board in all eight career races, including three wins, a second and a third in 2019. The chestnut colt has career earnings of $630,8
MUCHO GUSTO (Mucho Macho Man) recently 2nd in the Haskell Invitational Stakes (Gr. 1) will start from post 7. He is owned by Michael Lund Petersen and trained by Bob Baffert. Next to him in post 8 is CHESS CHIEF (Into Mischief) who was recently 2nd in the West Virginia Derby (Gr. 3). CHESS CHIEF is owned by the Estate of James J. Coleman, Jr. and trained by Dallas Stewart.
MUCHO GUSTO was consigned by Kirkwood and sold for $625,000 to his owner at Fasig Tipton Timonium. CHESS CHIEF was prepared for racing at Kirkwood Stables.
IRISH HUSTLE (Data Link) broke her maiden in February at the Fair Grounds. After some time off, she ran 2nd in allowance company at Evangeline Downs. Today again at Evangeline and racing a mile, she was unhurried early and then cleared the field for win # 2. The three year old filly is owned by Martin Racing Stable LLC and trained by W. Bret Calhoun. She was a member of the Gallop Group at Fasig Tipton Florida.
6-year-old SCHOLAR ATHLETE (Einstein) was quick to take and hold the lead racing 1 1/8th in an OC at the newly reopened Colonial Downs. He is owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and is trained by Graham Motion. This wonderful graded stakes placed gelding has earned over $369,000 with a record of 29 7-0-5.
Making her second start, 2 year old filly LIFE ON THE EDGE (Competitive Edge) wired the field sprinting 5 furlongs on the dirt at Monmouth Park. She was consigned and sold by Kirkwood at OBS March for $72,000 to owner Kenwood Racing.