Doctors, Staff Cheer On 'Macho Man' And Ritvo At Gulfstream

Doctors, Staff Cheer On 'Macho Man' And Ritvo At Gulfstream

05/07/2011

 HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Two dozen doctors and staff members from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami celebrated the third-place finish of Mucho Macho Man in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park.

The doctors and staff successfully performed heart transplant surgery in 2008 on Kathy Ritvo, the trainer of Mucho Macho Man. Ritvo had suffered from cardiomyopathy, a deterioration of the heart muscle. The doctors and staff spent the afternoon in a suite at Gulfstream, watching coverage of the 137th Kentucky Derby with friends and family.

“It was wonderful to watch Kathy in the Derby today. It was one of the best moments of my career,” said Dr. Si Mai Pham, the director of the world-renowned Thoracic Transplant and Artificial Heart Programs at Jackson.

Pham, who performed the six-hour surgery on Ritvo, added: “Kathy has projected a very positive image for the transplant community and organ donation. She has shown what a donor can do and how productive and exciting a life they can lead.”

Ritvo, a native of Davie, Fl, trained Mucho Macho Man throughout the winter at Gulfstream. After beginning his 3-year-old campaign with a fourth-place finish in Gulfstream’s Holy Bull (G3), the colt was shipped twice to Louisiana where he won the Risen Star (G3) and placed third in the Louisiana Derby (G2).