Multiple graded stakes winner Mohaymen is no longer being pointed to the Grade 1 Travers Stakes on Aug. 27 at Saratoga. Instead, Kiaran McLaughlin told the Daily Racing Form that the sophomore son of Tapit will be pointed to the G1 King’s Bishop on the same afternoon.
The King’s Bishop at seven furlongs will be Mohaymen’s first start around one turn since November of last year. McLaughlin suggested that the 1 1/4 mile distance of the Travers may be beyond Mohaymen’s best, and that the speed-laden field in the King’s Bishop will play to the horse’s advantage.
“I think it’s a great chance to have a great shape, with some of these really fast horses, and then maybe we come running, is what I would envision,” McLaughlin said. “And like Rick [Nichols, racing manager of Shadwell Stable] said, he’d rather stand a horse that won a Grade 1 at seven eighths than 10 furlongs even though it’s the Travers.”
The King’s Bishop is expected to draw Bird Song, Drefrong, Economic Model, Fish Trappe Road, Its All Relevant, Jazzy Times, Mind Your Biscuits, Noholdingback Bear, Rated R Superstar, Star Hill, Summer Revolution, Tom’s Ready and Yellow Chips.
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