Mohs mows 'em down late to win Hawthorne Derby

Son of Hard Spun gets up in time to post his first Stakes victory

Mohs slipped through a narrow opening along the inside rail in deep stretch and just got up to take the Hawthorne Derby by three-quarters of a length over Grey Streak at Hawthorne Park on Saturday, 23 October.

Trying Stakes company for just the second time in his young career, the three-year-old colt by Hard Spun broke a step slowly and as a result had to bide his time at the rear of the field through the initial stages of the nine-furlong turf contest. While never far out of it, Mohs and jockey Jareth Loveberry were forced to play a waiting game as they desperately looked for running room. 

Finally, a seam opened along the inside rail and Mohs shot through and was quickly able to overhaul longtime leader Temper Tantrum to post the victory. Grey Streak closed late but had to settle for second, three-quarters of a length further back.

Mohs was bred in Kentucky by CASA Farms I LLC and is out of the A.P. Indy mare, Bagh of Jewelz. In addition to the Hawthorne Derby winner, Bagh of Jewelz is also the dam of the multiple Stakes-placed filly, Grandaria. Second dam Baghdaria was a multiple Graded Stakes winner during her racing career, capturing such races as the G3 Silverbulletday, G3 Indiana Oaks and G3 Iowa Oaks. Baghdaria, in turn, is half-sister to multiple G1 winners Shackleford and Lady Joanne

In addition to Mohs, Hard Spun is represented by additional 2021 Stakes winners Silver State (G1 Met Mile), Antoinette (G3 The Very One Stakes), Caddo River (Listed Smarty Jones Stakes), Summer in Saratoga and Tightly Twisted.