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.”

john g More than 1 year ago
I think the Fla. Derby will be the best match up we've seen yet this year. I could make a case for either, or shoot holes in either as usual. Mohaymen has 5 races, and is 5/0, one of his wins were at 1 1/8 miles, and he has 2 races this year at 1 1/16. He has had 4 G-2 races, with the fields questionable, I'm not sure if anybody he has beat is still a viable Ky Derby candidate ? His speed ratings in his last three races are unchanged, all 95's. Is he not progressing, or only ran fast enough to win? Nyquist has ran 6 times, is 6/0. Has ran in 3 G-1's and 2 G-2's,, but three of those races were at 6 furlongs or 7 furlongs. He ran in two 1 1/16 mile races last year. Has not races at 1 1/8 yet.He has beat some decent opponents that are still on the Derby trail, Exaggerator ( twice), Broady's Cause, among others. He is the only one to bust a triple digit beyer yet ( 100). While I think the Fla. Derby will be the best match up we've seen yet this year, I'm not so sure either one is the Derby winner. I'm looking for a colt to bust out away from the pack, and be more of a standout. A few I like( but who knows?) so far is Exaggerator, Mo Tom and Broady's Cause. At least I'll keep an eye on anyway. Good luck.
Jack Armstead More than 1 year ago
Mohaymen hasn't reached his potential yet; Kiaran and the rest of us know there is more in his tank. He toyed with that field for his own personal amusement. The #5 horse was a very talented sprinter and looked good in his own right, but; it didn't make any difference who was in that field on Saturday. The only problem is whether or not they keep him in FL and pocket the FL Derby money. If he looks as good going 1 1/8 as he did going shorter on Saturday, then he's the deserving KY Derby Favorite.. I don't see any other "more talented" Colts warming up just yet. I want to see the BC Juvenile winner come out and earn the points needed to qualify for the Derby. Those 2 year old achievements don't mean a thing this year.
d More than 1 year ago
While Mohaymen is one of the most talented 3 yos of 2016, he beat one of the worst FOY ever! He looked great while winning, but he faced just 5 other runners, of which only ONE other runner with a graded stakes win, which was Awesome Banner, who won G2 sprint!!! Zulu finished 2nd and he just won a N1x allowance! If that's not bad enough, 4 of the 6 horses never earned better than an 87 Beyer. Sorry, 87 Beyers Aren't the stuff of G1 winners.