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Reeves Says Coa 'Very Emotional' During Visit


Last Friday,  Dana Reeves, co-owner of Mucho Macho Man, visited Eibar Coa in the hospital and reported on his wellness.

“Eibar has been an important part of our team since the beginning. I remember after he got off the horse the first time he ever worked him he said, ‘This is going to be the horse that takes me to the Kentucky Derby.’ I know what the horse means to Eibar. Now he’s going to be our biggest cheerleader, and now he’s rooting for Rajiv and Rajiv is rooting for him.

“I was amazed how much better Eibar looked after only a week,” said Reeves of their Friday meeting. “I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. His color was good, his spirit was good and he seemed deeply appreciative of our visit. We brought him a copy of The Blood-Horse with Mucho Macho Man on the cover and he seemed to enjoy that, too.

“Most of all, I could watch him move his left arm a little, and I could see decent movement out of his left leg,” said Reeves. “His right leg was a little weaker, but I could see the muscles around his knee twitching when he tried to move it, and I think that’s a very good sign. I always try to think positive thoughts, and with that in mind, I’m going to say that I think he’s going to walk again. I don’t know how long that may take, but I think it’s going to happen.

“It turned about to be a very emotional visit,” Reeves concluded. “Eibar had tears in his eyes, and I know I had tears in mine. I tend to be a very emotional person, anyway.”

--Edited track release

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