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Catholic Boy

  • Trainer
    Jonathan Thomas
  • Owner
    Robert V LaPenta & Madaket Stables LLC & Siena Farm LLC & Twin Creeks Racing Stables LLC
  • Breeder
    Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Fielding
  • Sire
    More Than Ready
  • Dam
    Song of Bernadette

Catholic Boy gave his trainer Jonathan Thomas his first career black-type victory when he won the Grade 3 With Anticipation Stakes last summer at Saratoga. The colt then handed his conditioner his first Grade one score when he prevailed in a heated stretch duel with Analyze It to capture the Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes July 7.

That pair had met in the Pennine Ridge Stakes five weeks earlier, with Catholic Boy rallying back after being passed by the then-unbeaten Analyze It to win by a neck.

"What a stretch drive," said Thomas of the Belmont Derby. "My hat is off to Analyze It. He ran super. It was a hell of a horse race. (Catholic Boy) really has a lot of heart. I didn't expect him to fight back this time. I thought we were going to finish a real good second, (but) somehow he got it done."

The Kentucky-bred son of More Than Ready has a slate of five wins and one second from eight lifetime starts, with all, but one of those wins coming on the turf. His connections may be returning Catholic Boy to the dirt though, as they are strongly considering the prestigious Travers Stakes at Saratoga for his next appearance.

The colt closed out his freshman season with a victory on the dirt in the Remsen at Aqueduct, after finishing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar.

Thomas grew up on the famed Rokeby Farm in Virginia, and has worked for such trainers at Christophe Clement, J.J. Pletcher and Todd Pletcher. In six years with the younger Pletcher, he traveled the world as that trainer's assistant. Since late 2013, he's been in charge of the training division at Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, breaking the farm's babies as well as youngsters for many of the nation's top trainers.

He also started training on his own. He's saddled 191 runners for his own stable, with an amazing 50 percent on-the-board statistic. Catholic Boy is the stable star, with his lifetime earnings of nearly $1.2 million leading the way.

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
Breeders’ Cup Winner
2018 Belmont Derby*
0
2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
May 18, 2019Dixie S.PIMLICO21
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 03, 2018Breeders' Cup ClassicCHURCHILL DOWNS113
August 25, 2018Runhappy Travers S. Presented by NYRA BetsSARATOGA11
July 07, 2018Belmont Derby Invitational S.BELMONT PARK11
June 02, 2018Pennine Ridge S.BELMONT PARK31
March 31, 2018Xpressbet Florida DerbyGULFSTREAM PARK14
February 10, 2018Sam F. Davis S.TAMPA BAY DOWNS32
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
December 02, 2017Remsen S.AQUEDUCT21
November 03, 2017Breeders' Cup Juvenile TurfDEL MAR14
August 30, 2017With Anticipation S.SARATOGA31
July 20, 2017 GULFSTREAM PARK 1

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