Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables' multiple graded stakes winner Catholic Boy visited the Belmont training track on Saturday, breezing four furlongs in 51.59 seconds.
“I thought it was a good workout,” said conditioner Jonathan Thomas. “I feel like he's coming back into form and so far, so good. This work, combined with last week's [five furlongs, 1:00.40, September 7] and at Saratoga [four furlongs 48.44 seconds, August 31] have shown me we're where we want to be at this point in deciding where to run him next.”
A six-time graded stakes-winner, the 4-year-old More Than Ready colt with Grade 1 wins on both the dirt and turf is under consideration to make his next start in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap in what would be his first race since running second in the Grade 2 Suburban on July 6.
“I'll talk to the ownership group when I return from Keeneland and we'll make a decision,” said Thomas. “The Kelso is certainly under consideration. We'll see who else is pointing there and decide if that's where we want to go, keeping in mind with our long-range goals.”
The Kelso, a one-turn mile on the main track is six weeks away from the Breeders' Cup on November 2 at Santa Anita Park.
“The timing of the race is good, but we'll confirm with the ownership group before making any decisions,” said Thomas.
In two starts this year, Catholic Boy won the Grade 2 Dixie at 1 1/16 miles on the Pimlico Race Course turf and returned to the main track finishing second to Preservationist in the 1 ¼-mile Suburban, who went on to win the Grade 1 Woodward.
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