Mohaymen came into the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct last month with an imposing reputation and came out of the race a winner. Not only did Mahaymen win the race, he is now the favorite of Las Vegas odds makers.
The Remsen Stakes has traditionally meant little when looking ahead to the next year’s Kentucky Derby — not since 1995 has the winner gone on to do the same on the first Saturday in May. The 1996 Kentucky Derby was won by Grindstone with Jerry Bailey aboard. Now horse racing people are starting to think it may happen again with Mohaymen.
The Kiaran McLaughlin trainee became the Derby favorite in Wynn Las Vegas odds released this week at 10-1. That is a lower price than 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Nyquist, who’s listed at 15-1 despite a 2-year-old champion campaign that has seen him go 5 for 5 with multiple Grade I wins. Mohaymen has run three times, also winning the Grade II Nashua after breaking his maiden for owner Shadwell Stable.
Mohaymen, a son of Tapit, will spend the winter in Florida with his next race likely to be the Holly Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Florida.
Also among the top betting choices now five months from Derby 142 is trainer Mark Casse’s Airoforce, winner of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, and Swipe, second in the Juvenile. They’re both 20-1.
Grade I winner Brody’s Cause and Bob Baffert-trained Mor Spirit are 22-1, while Exaggerator, a wire-to-wire winner of the Delta Downs Jackspot Stakes, sits 25-1.
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