Mohaymen impresses in first post-Holy Bull work
Mohaymen, undefeated winner of the $350,000 Holy Bull (G2) January 30 in his sophomore debut, sparkled in his return to the work tab Friday morning.
Under regular exercise rider Miguel Jaime, the multiple graded stakes-winning son of Tapit went four furlongs in :47 3/5 over the main track at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.
"He worked great. I was looking for a little bit slower work today just because we're not looking to go fast," trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. "But, he did it easy. He started off like 12 and 4 and then he just picked it up on his own and finished great. He went in 47 and 3 but didn't look like he went that fast. We're very happy. He wouldn't blow out a match after and came back great."
As is his custom, Mohaymen worked on his own shortly after 8 a.m. (EST) following the renovation break. He is scheduled to make his next start in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) February 27 at Gulfstream, also run at 1 1/16 miles.
"He went by himself in the three or four path, and just did it very comfortably and nice. He's just doing that well," McLaughlin said. "We have one more work next week and on to the Fountain of Youth. He's just doing great. We're very happy."
The 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull was the third Grade 2 victory in four career starts for Mohaymen, considered the top three-year-old prospect on the East Coast. He won the Nashua and Remsen at Aqueduct to cap a juvenile season that earned him a finalist nod for the Eclipse Award as champion two-year-old male.
"He came out of [the Holy Bull] great. We don't want a lot of changes," McLaughlin said. "We're looking for no changes because he's doing fabulous."
(Adam Coglianese Photography)