Catholic Boy Deserves ‘A Good Break’; Won’t Return To Training Until Feb. 1

by | 01.07.2019 | 6:37pm
Catholic Boy before a gallop at Churchill Downs on Oct. 31

A grade 1 winner on turf and dirt, Catholic Boy could have been pointed to the Pegasus World Cup's inaugural turf contest at the end of January. Instead, reports, the 4-year-old colt was given a well-deserved vacation after finishing 13th in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

“The turf race on Pegasus Day was very alluring, but it wouldn't have allowed us to give him a good break like we really wanted,” trainer Jonathan Thomas said. “He'll be off until Feb. 1 before going back into training. We had him checked out at Ocala Equine 45 days ago and he checked out perfectly all around. I was amazed at how well this horse was physically and how he handled his 3-year-old campaign.”

Some of the potential goals for Catholic Boy in 2019 include the G1 Manhattan and the G1 Whitney, but Thomas did want not commit to a plan before bringing the colt back into the barn.


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