It’s been a long and winding road for Mohaymen, the three-year old colt who was once the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby back in February. Since finishing fourth at that fateful first leg, Mohaymen seemingly vanished in to thin air. He skipped the Preakness and the Belmont with nary a mention.
Mohaymen has actually been at Saratoga Race Course, his home stable, where he has rested after an excruciatingly busy prep race schedule for the Triple Crown. The son of Tapit out of Justwhistledixie raced seven times in as many months starting in September and came on so strong that many believed he had a chance to be the main attraction. So there’s lots of intrigue surrounding his impending return.
Right now, just seeing the grey back on the track is a relief. He worked with trainer Kiaran McLaughlin this week. “He worked great, galloped out in :49 and wouldn’t have blown out a match,” McLaughlin commented cheerfully. “We’re on our way to working weekly leading up to his next start.”
Where will that be? McLaughlin will likely point towards the $600,000 Jim Dandy in order to get him back to his winning ways. The $1,000,000 Haskell Invitational is also a possibility, but that field is already starting to stack up with some significant competition. The most important priority is getting Mohaymen back in the winner’s circle.
There’s a ton of talent residing in the legs and hips of this horse. Horse racing is typically a “what have you done lately” environment and Mohaymen’s pair of fourth place finishes at the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby are all that people remember. It’s truly unfortunate because he absolutely crushed the Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth in the lead up. In my eyes, it was always just a matter of too much work over too little time. You can’t run a horse in a race per month from September through May and expect optimal results.
With some rest and recovery in the books, Mohaymen could very well be a threat. As long as McLaughlin continues to train and run him with the tact he lacked during the prep race circuit, then you may very well be looking at an upset specialist for the Travers Stakes. At full strength, there’s no telling what Mohaymen is capable of against the best in the country.