Mohaymen trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s brother Neal pointed to his arm to show just how impressed he was watching the Kentucky Derby contender’s workout at Churchill Downs this morning.
“That gave me goosebumps,” said Neal McLaughlin. “That was a ‘wow’ breeze.”
Under exercise rider Miguel Jaime, Mohaymen was clocked in at a time of :46 4/5 for the half-mile work. It was the first work for the son of Tapit since his fourth-place finish in the Florida Derby (gr. I) on April 2nd.
Churchill clockers timed his splits at :12, :23 3/5, :35 1/5, and he completed six furlongs in a time of 1:12 4/5. His half-mile work of :46 4/5 was the fastest record half-mile session of the day. The second fastest belonged to Mo Time (:47).
“He was feeling really good, so we thought he was going to work well,” said Kiaran McLaughlin. “He’s a special colt.””
While the training session showed Mohaymen is ready to rock at the Kentucky Derby, McLaughlin was quick to caution that you never know how a horse will fare on the Churchill surface.
“It’s a little bit of a different surface,” said McLaughlin. “Some of them like it, some don’t. That’s why we’re here early. But that was way beyond expectations. We were looking for a :48, up in 1:01. He went (:46 4/5), up in (:59 3/5), galloped out again and came back, took one sip of water, not any sweat on him. He’s happy, not blowing at all. The rider said he just loved the track here. That was amazing to see that.”