Remsen Winner Catholic Boy Pointed To Florida Derby

Grade 2 Remsen Stakes winner Catholic Boy is being pointed for the Florida Derby on March 31 at Gulfstream Park, according to The sophomore son of More Than Ready was most recently second in the G3 Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs.

“Timing-wise it’s the best, and everybody on the team seems to agree,” said John Panagot, racing manager for majority owner Robert LaPenta.

Trainer Jonathan Thomas breezed Catholic Boy without blinkers on Saturday at his home base of Bridlewood Farm; the colt earned an official time of :48 4/5 for the half-mile.

Catholic Boy began his career on the turf, winning the G3 With Anticipation Stakes ahead of a try in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He finished fourth in that event at Del Mar, beaten just 1 1/2 lengths by the winner, and then took the Remsen Stakes in his first try on the dirt. So far, Catholic Boy has earned $354,000, posting three wins in five career starts.


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