It’s been a stellar career up to this point for Eclipse Awards finalist Mohaymen, and 2016 looks to be a another year of milestones for the son of Tapit. The January 30th running of the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) will mark his sophomore debut.
2016 will be the 27th edition of the Holy Bull Stakes. It’s 1 1/16-mile in length, and awards Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (gr. I) qualifying points. It’ll be an important race for the field, not just Mohaymen.
“It’s very exciting to have a horse in this position. Obviously, we’ve had some good 3-year-olds in the past, but never one that’s three-for-three as a 2-year-old and one of the favorites from the start of the spring races,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “It’s very exciting. He’s training great and done everything right. He works well every time and comes back, and doesn’t blow out a match.”
“He’s pretty seasoned for only starting three times,” added McLaughlin. “The work behind horses was very important in between the Nashua and the Remsen, for jockey and horse I think. Junior was real confident with him on Remsen day because he had sat behind two horses and taken dirt in the morning. We know he can handle most things thrown at him at this stage. We just hope we have a good trip and a clean trip.”
Below is the field of competitors for the Holy Bull Smokes and their money line odds:
1. Perfect Saint – 20/1
2. Mohaymen – 6/5
3. Fellowship – 20/1
4. Conquest Big E – 7/2
5. Greenpointcrusader – 8/5
6. Frontier Ranger – 15/1