Mohaymen has "perfect" morning at Palm Meadows
Shadwell Stable's undefeated Mohaymen, regarded as the leading three-year-old on the East Coast, continued preparations for his 2016 debut in the $350,000 Holy Bull (G2) January 30 at Gulfstream Park with a sharp half-mile work Friday morning.
With exercise rider Miguel Jaime aboard, Mohaymen went four furlongs in :47 4/5 and galloped out five-eighths in 1:00 4/5 at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said.
"We had a good morning," he said. "It was perfect, really. He worked in company before his last race and took dirt, but he does everything right by himself. The track was great and we're happy the way he did it, on his own, the right way."
The breeze was the second work for Moyahmen, a gray son of Tapit, since arriving in South Florida following his victory in the Remsen (G2) at Aqueduct. A $2.2 million yearling, Moyahmen won his September 19 debut at Belmont Park prior to a win in the Nashua (G2) November 4 at Aqueduct.
McLaughlin is targeting the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull for Mohaymen's sophomore debut while keeping an eye on Gulfstream's other major three-year-old races, the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) February 6, also at 1 1/16 miles, and the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) April 2 at 1 1/8 miles.
"We're looking forward to getting going in the Holy Bull and from there hopefully keep going on the right track," he said. "The Fountain of Youth is the next obvious spot but we could skip it and point for the Florida Derby or something else. We'll be nominated to everything. We hope he likes the track and wins the Holy Bull and we keep going from there. That's the main thing."
(NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)