Multiple grade II stakes winner Mohaymen made his return to the race track yesterday, taking part in a three-furlong jaunt at the Greentree Training Center that is located across from the Saratoga Race Course.
“He worked great, galloped out in :49 and wouldn’t have blown out a match,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “We’re on our way to working weekly leading up to his next start.”
When the time comes for his next work, Mohaymen is expected to tackle the main Saratoga track, which is set to open for training sessions on July 1st. As for Mohaymen’s next race, McLaughlin is debating between two late July races: the $600,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II) on July 30th and the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on July 31st. The Dandy will be run at Saratoga and the Haskell is set to take place at Monmouth Park.
It would seem likely Mohaymen’s comeback race would be the Jim Dandy, as it is considered the hometown prep race for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I). The August 27th race is being tabbed as Mohaymen’s main summer goal after a bit of down time following the Kentucky Derby.
“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 Belmont (gr. I). He’s doing great and pointing for the Jim Dandy (and) Travers. We might look at the Haskell. We’ll see, but that’s the weekend we’re looking at.”