Shadwell Stable’s multiple Grade 2 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 Grade 1 Kentucky Derby 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 2, $ 600,000 Jim Dandy July 30 at Saratoga or the Grade 1, $ 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 hometown prep for the Grade 1, $ 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 2 Nashua and Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct Racetrack. He opened 2016 with triumphs in the Grade 2 Holy Bull and Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park before running fourth in a showdown with eventual Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist in the Grade 1 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 [Grade 1] 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.”
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