Shadwell Stable’s MGSW winner Mohaymen (Tapit) has rejoined trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s string at Palm Meadows as he continues working toward kicking off his 4-year-old campaign.
The gray colt has not raced since finishing 11th in the seven-furlong GI King’s Bishop S. last August at Saratoga. 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 at Palm Meadows early Tuesday morning and has galloped multiple times so far. He had three works at Camden for farm trainer Kevin Kahkola, most recently going a half-mile Mar. 4.
“They did a great job with him,” McLaughlin told the Gulfstream notes team. “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 GII Nashua S. and GII Remsen S. as a 2-year-old and the GII Holy Bull S. and GII Fountain of Youth S. at three. He ran fourth behind Nyquist (Uncle Mo) in the GI Florida Derby and GI Kentucky Derby, and did not race again until another fourth-place finish in the GII Jim Dandy S. 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.,” McLaughlin offered. “He’s filled out and matured, grown up and put on weight. He really looks great. We’re excited to have him back and excited to have a big horse for the year, we hope.”
McLaughlin said he 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.”