Shadwell Stable’s multiple Grade 2 winner Mohaymen has rejoined trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s string at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County, as he continues working toward a comeback in 2017.
The 4-year-old Tapit colt has not raced since finishing 11th in the seven-furlong King’s Bishop (G1) last August at Saratoga Race Course. He was given time off at Shadwell’s farm in Kentucky before being sent to the Camden Training Center in South Carolina under the watch of trainer Kevin Kahkola.
Mohaymen arrived early Tuesday morning and has galloped the past two days. He had three works at Camden for farm trainer Kevin Kahkola, most recently going a half-mile March 4.
“They did a great job with him,” McLaughlin said. “He’s going to train right now. We’ll probably work him in the next 10 days.”
Mohaymen opened his career with five straight wins including the Nashua (G2) and Remsen (G2) as a 2-year-old and the Holy Bull (G2) and Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream to open his 3-year-old campaign, establishing him as an early Triple Crown favorite.
He ran fourth behind Nyquist in the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby, and did not race again until another fourth-place finish in the Jim Dandy (G2) in late July at Saratoga. Throughout the year, McLaughlin expressed concern about the colt’s ability to maintain his weight but extensive testing and examinations turned up nothing.
“He came in [Tuesday] and he looks fabulous. He’s filled out and matured, grown up and put on weight. He really looks great,” McLaughlin said. “We’re excited to have him back and excited to have a big horse for the year, we hope.”
McLaughlin said has yet to pick out a starting point for Mohaymen but didn’t anticipate it would be far off.
“We’ll wait and see how he’s doing,” he said. “He should come pretty quick because he never used to get tired in his training and never would blow hard afterward. It’s too early to tell yet because we haven’t worked him. He was working in South Carolina pretty good.”
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