McLaughlin discusses plans for Mohaymen, Lady Shipman & Frosted
Edited Press Release
Shadwell Stable’s undefeated homebred Mohaymen will return to the work tab this week to begin preparations for his next scheduled start in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) on February 27 at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Mohaymen, one of the leading Kentucky Derby (G1) prospects in the country, will breeze the next two Fridays at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.
The gray son of Tapit pushed his record to a perfect four-for-four with a romping 3 1/2-length triumph in the January 30 Holy Bull (G2), his third straight Grade 2 victory after closing 2015 with wins in the Nashua and Remsen at Aqueduct.
“He’s doing great. Everything’s good. He’ll work again on Friday, as long as the weather’s good. He bounced out of the race great and he’s happy,” McLaughlin said.
“We’ll point for the Fountain of Youth with two works in between. We always have the option to not run if we draw 12 of 12 or something like that, and just wait for the Florida Derby. But, we’re pointing for the Fountain of Youth.”
Gulfstream’s signature race, the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) going nine furlongs, will be run April 2.
McLaughlin also reported that multiple stakes winner Lady Shipman exited her victory in Saturday’s Ladies Turf Sprint in good order and will make her next start in the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint (UAE-G1) against males on the March 26 undercard of the Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1).
“She came out of the race excellent and is doing fine. It was impressive. Anytime you’re 1-5 you expect to win but she won very well,” he said.
“I wasn’t sure if there was going to be more pace outside of us or not. She did everything right and she won well and we were happy with her performance; now we’ll just point for Dubai.
“The group of World Cup card horses are going to go March 15. We might go earlier or we’ll go March 15. She’ll do her training here and then ship over.”
Lady Shipman will join Grade 1 winner and Dubai World Cup hopeful Frosted at Meydan. Frosted did his training at Palm Meadows prior to making his four-year-old debut in the February 4 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (UAE-G2), which he won in track-record fashion.
“It was a great performance,” McLaughlin said. “We planned to go to Dubai after the Breeders’ Cup and it’s great when a plan all comes together. Everything went great. The gate is a little different, the track’s a little different, new jockey, no Lasix – there’s a lot of things to be concerned about, but it was a ‘wow’ race. It was nice to see him perform and win so convincingly, and it was great to go back to Dubai. I lived there for 10 years, and it’s like my second home.”
Mohaymen photo courtesy of Adam Coglianese Photography