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Mohaymen Opens As Florida Derby Favorite

Mohaymen Opens As Florida Derby Favorite

30.03.2016, by Jim
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Although a field of ten three year olds will take the gate in Saturday’s $1 Million Grade 1 Florida Derby it is for all intents and purposes a two horse race. It is the first head to head meeting between two serious Kentucky Derby contenders–Mohaymen and Nyquist. Assuming that the opinions of track linesmakers and the betting public mean anything you can say that Mohaymen has the ‘edge’ over his rival based on his installation as the morning line favorite in the race.

Mohaymen was assigned post position 9 and installed as an even money favorite by Gulfstream Park linesmaker Jay Stone. Nyquist drew post position four and is a 6-5 second choice in the 1 1/8 mile race. The full field of entrants in order of post position are Sawyers Mickey, Fellowship, Majesto, Nyquist, Copingaway, Chovanes, Takeittotheedge, Fashionable Freddy, Mohaymen, and Isofass.

Nyquist arrived from California on Tuesday and trainer Doug O’Neill says he’s doing well and took a trip to the track and gate on Wednesday: “He’s doing well; he’s settled in nicely to Mark Hennig’s barn. The gate crew spent good, quality time with him. Everything went perfectly the first day.” Asked about the post position draw, O’Neill was nonplussed: “I don’t think there’s really a bad post for him. He’s got enough gate speed to get good position. Like all the others, you just have to leave there running.”

And about the ten horse field–larger than expected–O’Neill took the pragmatic approach: “When you offer a million dollars and they pay down to fifth or sixth place, whatever they do, and there is an opportunity to get Kentucky Derby points, I don’t blame some of the others for going in. If this race was at my home track, I’d have probably put another one in myself.”

Trainer Dale Romans has entered Takeittotheedge after only one career race and he’s got a simple plan–go fast: “I have a horse with a lot of talent, a horse who won his only start on the lead with his ears pricked. Speed is always dangerous, and he’ll be in front. I’d hate to have skipped this race, had him win an allowance race very impressively, and be wondering afterwards what might have been.”

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