Kathy Ritvo: ‘I Don’t Have Bad Days’

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Mucho Macho Man with Kathy Ritvo Mucho Macho Man with Kathy Ritvo

As Kathy Ritvo prepares Mucho Macho Man for a run in the Grade 1 Awesome Again on Saturday, the trainer told the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Dwyre that she is perhaps more grateful than most conditioners might be to be wrapping up another season with the 5-year-old horse.

On Nov. 13, Ritvo will celebrate the fifth anniversary of her heart transplant, which she underwent after years of suffering from serious cardiomyopathy. She hasn’t let the experience slow her down—Mucho Macho Man took her to the Kentucky Derby in 2011, where she became the 14th woman to saddle a horse in the race.

She said she refuses to develop symptoms of rejection, and takes 31 pills a day to stave it off.

“I wouldn’t have my life any other way,” Ritvo said. “I don’t have bad days.”

Read more at the Los Angeles Times

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  • LL

    Wishing you continued good health and good luck with MMM. Like him a lot!!!!

  • casino boat

    kathy ritvo–penney chenary my 2 favorite respected sports people

  • Roisin

    Kathy Ritvo is an amazing person. I admire her courage and talent. I wish her the best of luck with the great Mucho Macho Man and all the others in your barn.

  • Big Red

    it’s true !!!

    “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man (or woman!).” ― Winston Churchill

  • Mimi Hunter

    All the best of luck and continued good health. !!

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