Shadwell Stable’s multiple Grade II winner Mohaymen returned to the worktab Thursday morning with a three-furlong breeze at the Greentree Training Facility adjacent to Saratoga Race Course.
Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, the 3-year-old Tapit colt was caught in 36.40 seconds over the all-weather surface in his first timed breeze since finishing fourth in the Kentucky Derby on May 7.
“He worked great, galloped out in 49 (seconds) and wouldn’t have blown out a match,” said McLaughlin, who was on hand for the breeze. “We’re on our way to working weekly leading up to his next start.”
Mohaymen’s next work is expected to be over Saratoga’s main track, which is scheduled to open for training on Friday, July 1. The 148th summer stand kicks off its 40-day stay on Friday, July 22.
McLaughlin is looking at either the Grade II, $600,000 Jim Dandy July 30 at Saratoga or the Grade I, $1 million Haskell Invitational July 31 at Monmouth Park for Mohaymen’s comeback race.
The 1 1/8-mile Jim Dandy is Saratoga’s traditional prep for the Grade I, $1.25 million Travers Stakes on August 27, which the connections are targeting as Mohaymen’s primary summer goal.
Mohaymen won each of his first five career starts, capping his 2-year-old season with victories in the Grade II Nashua and Grade II Remsen Stakes. He opened 2016 with triumphs in the Grade II Holy Bull and Grade II Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park before running fourth in a showdown with eventual Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist in the Grade I Florida Derby April 2.
Following the Kentucky Derby, Mohaymen got some time off at Shadwell’s farm in Kentucky before joining McLaughlin’s upstate string at Greentree.
“Mohaymen went home right after the Derby, just for a once over. He was fine; a clean bill of health,” said McLaughlin. “We were never going to go to the Belmont (Stakes June 11). He’s doing great and pointing for the Jim Dandy-Travers. We might look at the Haskell, we’ll see, but that’s the weekend we’re looking at.”
Nyquist to work before Saturday’s Santa Anita card
Champion and Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, who has been idle since running third in the Preakness Stakes May 21, will work five furlongs prior to Saturday’s first race at Santa Anita Park, according to trainer Doug O’Neill.
With first post time at 1:30 p.m. PST Nyquist is scheduled to come onto Santa Anita’s main track at approximately 12:45 p.m.
“It’s Gold Cup Day at Santa Anita and (owner) Paul (Reddam) feels like this is a great opportunity to share Nyquist with all of our fans and to help promote the sport,” said O’Neill. “The horse is doing tremendous. He worked a half mile last Friday and the timing for this work is perfect. (Jockey) Mario (Gutierrez) is going to breeze him and we’ll let him gallop out an extra eighth.”
Last Friday’s half mile work was the first for Nyquist since the Preakness and he was timed in 48.60.
Nyquist is currently being pointed to one of any number of races, primarily back east with the Jim Dandy and Haskell among the spots being considered.
The son of Uncle Mo was unbeaten in his first eight career starts, including his Kentucky Derby triumph, before being stymied by Exaggerator in the Preakness Stakes. The bay colt spiked a fever just days after that outing and was ruled out of consideration for the Belmont Stakes.