Gulfstream Park News & Notes: Thu 1/14

January 14, 2016

Mohaymen Posts Penultimate Breeze for Jan. 30 Holy Bull (G2) Plesa to Wheel Back Mr. Jordan in Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Classic

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Shadwell Stable’s Mohaymen continued to work forwardly for his 3-year-old debut in the $350,000 Holy Bull (G2) Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park with a five-furlong breeze Thursday morning.

Under exercise rider Miguel Jaime, the multiple graded stakes-winning son of Tapit covered the distance in 1:01 at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County, galloping out six furlongs in 1:13 4/5 according to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

“He’s doing great. He worked great on his own and we’re pleased how he did it,” he said. “We worked today instead of tomorrow because of the weather, and we’ll plan on working next week, Thursday or Friday, keeping an eye on the weather.”

Regarded as the top sophomore prospect on the East Coast, Mohaymen has worked three times since arriving in South Florida early last month. He breezed four furlongs in 49.45 seconds on Dec. 31 and 47.75 on Jan. 8.

“I would say we probably aren’t looking for and don’t want any changes,” McLaughlin said. “He’s three-for-three and is doing well. He’s eating well and looks great, and we’re happy with him.”

A $2.2 million yearling purchase, Mohaymen won his debut Sept. 19 at Belmont Park and rattled off back-to-back Grade 2 victories at Aqueduct in the Nov. 4 Nashua and Nov. 28 Remsen at Aqueduct, stretching out each time, from six furlongs to one mile to 1 1/8 miles. The Holy Bull is run at 1 1/16 miles.

“It’s very exciting as we get closer,” McLaughlin said. “We’re looking forward to it.”

Plesa to Wheel Back Mr. Jordan in Saturday’s Sunshine Millions Classic

Just days after Mr. Jordan finished a troubled fifth in last Saturday’s $150,000 Hal’s Hope (G3) at Gulfstream Park, trainer Eddie Plesa decided to enter the multiple-stakes winner in Saturday’s $250,000 Sunshine Millions Classic.

Owned by David Melin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa, Mr. Jordan was bumped and squeezed at the start of the one-mile Hal’s Hope and never threatened thereafter.

“He got annihilated coming out of the gate and that was the end of the story. He came back 100 percent or he wouldn’t be in the race,” Plesa said. “It didn’t take anything out of him. I can tell by the way he’s training and going over him physically. He’s 100 percent. I had six boxes I needed to check to put him in this race and he checked out in all of them.”

Plesa, obviously, was disappointed by the unfortunate turn of events in the Hal’s Hope. “I thought he was coming into that race as good as he came into any race,” said Plesa, whose 4-year-old had returned from a four-month layoff with a third-place finish behind multiple graded-stakes winners Valid and Madefromlucky in the Harlan’s Holiday Dec. 8.

Plesa said he had success in the past bringing horses back from short time between races.

“Not so much now, but I’ve run horses back as close as three days and they’ve won,” said Plesa, whose Classic runner has won three stakes, including the Pegasus (G3) at Monmouth in June.

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