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Mohaymen Remains Perfect in Remsen
Updated - 11/28/2015
5th at AQU GII Remsen S. ($300K) [1 1/8m] Winner: Mohaymen, c, 2 by Tapit mohaymen Mohaymen | A. Coglianese Shadwell Stable’s MOHAYMEN (c, 2, Tapit–Justwhistledixie, by Dixie Union), who co-topped last year’s KEESEP sale at $2.2 million, remained undefeated with a two-length score in Aqueduct’s GII Remsen S. Hammered down to 3-2 favoritism while receiving Lasix for the first time here, the gray tracked from a ground saving third through opening splits of :24.35 and :49.16. Squeezing through between horses in the lane, the half-brother to GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner New Year’s Day (Street Cry {Ire}) drew clear while drifting out a bit to score in 1:50.69. Flexibility (Bluegrass Cat) was second and Gift Box (Twirling Candy) got up for third. A first out graduate at Belmont Sept. 19, Mohaymen captured this venue’s one-mile GII Nashua S. last time Nov. 4. Saturday, Aqueduct REMSEN S.-GII, $300,000, AQU, 11-28, 2yo, 1 1/8m, 1:50.69, ft. 1–MOHAYMEN, 122, c, 2, by Tapit 1st Dam: Justwhistledixie (MGSW & GISP, $449,427), by Dixie Union 2nd Dam: General Jeanne, by Honour and Glory 3rd Dam: Ahpo Hel, by Mr. Leader ($2,200,000 Ylg ’14 KEESEP). O-Shadwell Stable; B-Clearsky Farms (KY); T-Kiaran P. McLaughlin; J-Junior Alvarado. $180,000. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $345,000. *1/2 to New Year’s Day (Street Cry {Ire}), GISW, $1,154,000. Werk Nick Rating: B+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. 2–Flexibility, 116, c, 2, Bluegrass Cat–Santa Vindi, by Vindication. ($80,000 Ylg ’14 SARAUG; $185,000 2yo ’15 FTFMAR). O-Klaravich Stables Inc. & William H. Lawrence; B-WinStar Farm LLC (NY); T-Chad C. Brown. $60,000. 3–Gift Box, 116, c, 2, Twirling Candy–Special Me, by Unbridled’s Song. ($135,000 Wlg ’13 FTKNOV). O-W.S. Farish; B-Machmer Hall, Carrie & Craig Brogden (KY); T-Chad C. Brown. $30,000. Margins: 1HF, 1HF, 5. Odds: 1.55, 4.50, 2.00. Also Ran: Sail Ahoy, Donegal Moon, Ravenheart, Hunter O’Riley, Runaway King, Marengo Road. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
Mohaymen looks a Derby threat in Nashua win
Updated - 11/5/2015
Kiaran McLaughlin worried about kickback, the break and his $2.2 million horse's lack of experience heading into Wednesday's Grade II Nashua Stakes. Then Mohaymen simply showcased his class, rolling to a win in the $200,000 race for 2-year-olds on Aqueduct's opening day. "We definitely have Derby fever," McLaughlin said after the son of Tapit covered a one-turn mile in 1:36.01 at even-money odds. Mohaymen hammered as a co-sales topper at Keeneland in September 2014 and has so far lived up to the hype, breaking his maiden Sept. 19 at Belmont Park before Wednesday's score. He was clearly the best of the seven-horse field in New York for owner Shadwell Stable. After sitting sixth of seven early in the one-turn mile, Mohaymen kicked in the turn under jockey Junior Alvarado and drew clear in the stretch for a 1 3/4-length victory over Flexibility, who nipped Saily Ahoy at the wire. "He was a little upset warming up," Alvarado said. "He didn't want to be around the pony too much today. Once we got to the gate he didn't want to load and inside he kept rocking back and forth, but when we got to break I just tried to get him in the best position. After the half-mile pole it was all him. He took me on a nice ride, all I tried to do was not fall off." Mohaymen, who paid $4.20 on Wednesday, went into the week 30-1 in Wynn Las Vegas' Derby 142 future odds. Only Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Nyquist (15-1), runner-up Swipe (20-1) and third-place Brody's Cause (25-1) had shorter prices, each of them having already competed at the graded stakes level more than once. "He's a very talented horse and I'm glad he lived up to the betting public's odds," McLaughlin said. "He's got a great pedigree." Next for the undefeated colt is either Churchill Downs' Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club on Nov. 28 or Aqueduct's Remsen Stakes the same day, McLaughlin said. Both offer qualifying points on the road to Derby 142.
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