Mohaymen will enter the winter as one of the top favorites for the 2016 Kentucky Derby (G1) after an impressive victory in Saturday’s $300,000 Remsen (G2) at Aqueduct.
The 3-2 favorite in the nine-furlong test, Mohaymen saved ground most of the way, split rivals in the stretch and wore down Flexibility with an inside rush to score by 1 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:50.69 over a fast track.
Owned by Shadwell Stable and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Mohaymen was ridden by Junior Alvarado and paid $5.10. He earned 10 qualifying points toward next year’s Kentucky Derby.
Mohaymen, a son of Tapit, is now undefeated in three starts. A half-length winner of his debut at Belmont September 19, he followed up with a 1 3/4-length win over Flexibility in the one-mile Nashua (G2) at Aqueduct November 4.
Flexibility again garnered place honors in the Remsen, with Gift Box third and Sail Ahoy fourth.
A $2.2 million yearling purchase, Mohaymen was produced by multiple Grade 2 winner Justwhistledixie and is a half-brother to 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner New Year’s Day.