Mucho Macho Man, Awesome Again, Santa Anita, 28th September 2013; BC Classic, 2nd November 2013
Trained by Kathy Ritvo, Sire: Macho Uno. Dam: Ponche de Leona
Dean Reeves attended his first Kentucky Derby in 1976. The native of Atlanta is CEO of Reeves Contracting, a business begun by his dad in 1950. His wife Patti owns Reeves Media, an outdoor advertising consulting business. They have two children, William and Sarah. Dean and Patti are active members of North Point Community Church, where Dean is involved with the Money Wise Counseling Team. They both also volunteer for the American Cancer Society as Road to Recovery drivers, driving cancer patients to and from treatments.
Dean and Patti split their time between Atlanta and the Turks and Caicos Islands. They were on vacation there in 2007 when they met Bob Estes, a long-time owner who had won the Florida Derby with Technology in 1992, and his wife Esther. The two couples became Thoroughbred partners, buying their first horse, Fearless, at the 2007 Keeneland Two-Year-Olds-in-Training Sale. The following year they purchased two yearlings, Cause I Can and Giant Success. Cause I Can posted a record of four wins, one second, and two thirds in 23 starts and made $155,829.
Dean and Patti formed Reeves Thoroughbred Racing in 2009, purchasing Whistlin Dixie and Uncle Joe, named for Dean’s uncle Joe from Pipe Creek, Texas.
In the summer of 2010, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing became partners with Dream Team One Racing in the latter’s two-year-old colt Mucho Macho Man after he finished a front-running second by a length in his debut at Calder Race Course. Less than a year later, Mucho Macho Man fulfilled Dean Reeves’ childhood dream by running in the Kentucky Derby. He finished third. In the summer of 2012, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing became the sole owner of Mucho Macho Man, who was second in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic and finally got his Grade 1 in the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita in September.