Mohaymen, who was a centerpiece of our “Pedigree of the Day” feature about a month or so ago, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2018 breeding season at his owner’s Shadwell’s Nashwan Stud near Lexington, KY for a fee of $7,500 — as reported by The Blood-Horse on Thursday.
The gray colt spurted onto the international racing scene as a brilliant and undefeated 2-year-old, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin. Mohaymen continued to flash brilliance early in his 3YO season, too, and appeared to be the heavy favorite for the Triple Crown series when he captured the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes and the G2 Fountain of Youth, both at Gulfstream Park.
However, on the magical trail to superstardom, Mohaymen stumbled. He lost to Nyquist, who as also undefeated at the same time, in the G1 Florida Derby in their last matchup before the Kentucky Derby.
In the Derby, the result was much the same. Doug O’Neill and Nyquist stayed undefeated, winning the Run of the Roses. Mohaymen, on the other hand, did overcome a tough start and ran a credible fourth.
As fate would have it, no matter what McLaughlin did or tried, Mohaymen struggled to hit the board after finishing fourth in the 2016 Derby. He managed a few fourths, but that was the best he could do and most recently coming fifth in the Alydar Stakes at Saratoga last month.
Before the last two races, we publicly wrote that it was time to retire the talented and troubled colt. And, sure enough, that time has come.