Archives for June 6, 2017

Met Mile Contender Wows Trainer

NYRA PRESS DEPARTMENT

Shadwell Stable’s multiple Grade 2 winner Mohaymen put an exclamation point on his final preparations for the Grade 1, $1.2 million Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap June 10with a bullet five-furlong breeze Sunday morning.|

 Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he caught the 4-year-old son of Tapit going a half-mile over Belmont Park’s main track in 47 1/5 seconds, and he galloped out five-eighths in 1:00.22, according to New York Racing Association clockers.

The time was the fastest of 16 horses at the distance Sunday and the second straight bullet from three works following Mohaymen’s fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Westchester May 6 at Belmont – his first start since late August.

“Did you see him work? Wow, he worked great,” McLaughlin said. “That’s what we were looking for. He did it well within himself, he worked great and galloped out well, so we’re ready.”

Unlike his half-mile breeze May 28 at Belmont, where he was clocked in 47.09 seconds – the fastest of 93 horses – Mohaymen breezed by himself Sunday rather than in company.

“Last week when we had two in front of him, he just got too far back and then he caught up, and it wasn’t ideal for him. So, I said let’s go back to the basics and just work him on his own,” McLaughlin said. “He’s worked three times and he’s worked well all three times. He’s doing very well, so we’ll see.”

Mohaymen broke his maiden at Belmont in September 2015, the first of five consecutive victories to open a career that included the Grade 2 Nashua and Grade 2 Remsen at 2 and the Grade 2 Holy Bull and Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at 3. He has gone winless in five subsequent starts, finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and Grade 2 Jim Dandy.

AGOS Horses to Watch – Belmont Park, more – June 5, 2017

Horses to Watch for AGOS Visitors

Belmont Park

5/29/17

Race  #4 – Ancient Secret – 1 mile turf

She was making her first start of the 2017 season for Chad Brown. Irad Ortiz in the saddle and was tracking perfectly in the two path and weakened down the lane to finish 4th this day. – Toss this race as needing one and you’ll be pleasantly surprised next time she hits the track.

5/27/17

Belmont

Race #1 – The Crocheron Kid – 6f turf

Jose Ortiz in the irons for David Donk. This guy had an overland trip spinning wide into the lane costing precious ground. He scored this day, and is a perfect candidate for a repeat preformance at the windows.

Race #7 – Vigor – 6f turf

Jose Lezcano in the saddle for Bill Mott and they do very solid work together. He was wide grabbing the lead and later inhaled by a solid winner Rublinda. Give him a hard look next out, and catch him if you can !

Fear No Evil – (Same race)

Luis Saez at the controls for trainer Thom Albertrani. He was tracking perfectly and shut off trying to tip off the rail. He dove right back to the inside and found no room. Saez wrapped up on his mount and saved plenty of gas in the tank for next out.

Race #8 – Kitten’s Cat – 7f  turf

John Velasquez for trainer Joe Sharp. It was a quick pace and he came flying late in the lane, but couldn’t pass the impressive winner Big Handsome. Shipping in from Churchill Downs;  his second time out in the “Big Apple” will make this son of Kitten’s Joy ultra tough.

Santa Anita

5/27/17

Race #5 – Avenge – 1 1/8 turf

Flavien Pratt in the irons for Dick Mandella. She grabbed the lead from the rail and was heavily backed at the windows. She faced a monster this day with Lady Eli and if she catches anyone else she’ll give them all they want next time she hits the track.