Gulfstream News & Notes:  Fri 2/19

December 10, 2019

Undefeated Mohaymen Puts in Final Breeze Friday for Fountain of Youth (G2) Gulfstream Offering Guaranteed Pick 4, Pick 5 Pools Saturday

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Shadwell Stable’s undefeated multiple Grade 2 winner Mohaymen had his final breeze Friday morning for the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) Feb. 27 at Gulfstream Park.

Considered the top 3-year-old prospect on the East Coast, the gray or roan son of Tapit worked an easy half-mile in 49.60 seconds over the main track at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.

Regular exercise rider Miguel Jaime was up for the work, Mohaymen’s second since opening his sophomore season with a commanding 3 ½-length victory in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull (G2) Jan. 30.

Last week, the Eclipse Award finalist for champion 2-year-old male of 2015 went a half-mile in 47.75 seconds, the fastest of 31 horses.

“We know he’s fast, but we don’t need 47’s every week,” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. “He went great. He started out a little slow, going 13 and 3 the first eighth of a mile and finished [three furlongs] in 35 and 4 and kept going after it.

“We don’t need to go fast every week. He looked great doing it and galloped out well, [five furlongs] in 1:01 and 3. All is well. We’re ready for next week.”

Mohaymen improved to 4-0 with his Holy Bull victory, which followed Grade 2 wins in the Nashua and Remsen at Aqueduct to close his juvenile season. Only one of his five opponents from the Holy Bull, third place finisher Fellowship, is expected to return in the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull.

Other horses pointing to Gulfstream’s final prep for the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) April 2 are Awesome Banner, three-for-three lifetime with wins in the Hutcheson (G3) and Swale (G2); Awesome Speed, winner of three straight capped by the Mucho Macho Man Jan. 2; and recent Gulfstream allowance winners making their stakes debut, Cherry Wine and the unbeaten Zulu.

“The thing I worry about is post position. If there happen to be nine entered and we draw the nine hole it’s not ideal,” McLaughlin said. “But there’s some serious speed in the race so we should be able to sit back and sort through it and figure it out. We’ll know better at entry time.”

Gulfstream Offering Guaranteed Pick 4, Pick 5 Pools Saturday

Gulfstream Park is offering guaranteed pools in both the 50-cent Late Pick 4 and 50-cent Late Pick 5 on Saturday’s 12-race program.

The Late Pick 4 covering races 9-12 will be guaranteed at $300,000 while the Late Pick 5 in races 8-12 will be guaranteed at $200,000.

Both multi-race wagers include Saturday’s feature event, the $75,000 Melody of Colors for 3-year-old fillies going five furlongs on the turf, carded as Race 11.

First race post time Saturday is 12:35 p.m.

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