Today's featured article
Mucho Macho Man (foaled 2008) is a retired American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic. Named after the Village People song "Macho Man", he was owned for most of his racing career by Dean and Patti Reeves of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, and trained by Kathy Ritvo. Born late in the year for a Thoroughbred foal, as a growing two- and three-year-old he had to compete against horses that were several months older. In 2011, he competed in all three Triple Crown races, finishing third in the Kentucky Derby. After surgery in 2011 to address a breathing problem, he came back and won three graded stakes races and finished a close second in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic. Winning that race in 2013 (pictured with jockey Gary Stevens), combined with the compelling human-interest stories surrounding the horse and the people who worked with him, earned him the Secretariat Vox Populi Award and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Moment of the Year. Mucho Macho Man won another race in January 2014 and was retired in July due to "wear and tear", but essentially sound. He now lives at Adena Springs where he will stand at stud. (Full article...)
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- The NASA probe MAVEN and the ISRO probe Mars Orbiter Mission, India's first interplanetary craft, both enter orbit around Mars.
- The National Party, led by John Key, wins a majority in the New Zealand general election.