02/29/2016 1:00PM

Mohaymen not a typical Tapit


Tapit has dominated the North American sire lists for the past two years, but his talented offspring are also known for being high-strung.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has conditioned several prominent stakes horses by the Gainesway stallion, led by Grade 1 winner Frosted. The latest in his barn is early Kentucky Derby favorite Mohaymen, who remained unbeaten by winning the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. McLaughlin said Mohaymen is more tractable than a typical Tapit – an important characteristic as he heads into the crucible of the spring classics.

“He’s a real gentleman,” McLaughlin said in a television interview post-race. “He does everything right. And sometimes, by Tapit, they don’t do that.”

Ron Winchell, who campaigned Tapit and bred and owns several of his top runners, has also noted that his stallion’s offspring must be handled with care.

“I think one thing about Tapits is they don’t like to be told what to do,” Winchell said. “So, I think you get the best performance out of them when you kind of let them run and kind of be where they want to be. The minute you try to push them into a position they don’t want to be, they kind of fight the jockey, and then the jockey never seems to win that battle.”