Flameaway ‘Definitely’ To Be Nominated To Triple Crown; Catholic Boy Put In A ‘Solid Effort’

by | 02.11.2018 | 3:28pm
Flameaway returns to the winner's circle after the Sam F. Davis Stakes

The one-two finishers in Saturday's Sam F. Davis, both Flameaway and Catholic Boy came out of the race well, according to drf.com. The winner, Flameaway, lowered the Tampa Bay Downs' stakes record by .01 second in the effort, but was not nominated to the Triple Crown. In order for the 10 points he earned with the Davis victory to officially be assigned to him, Flameaway's owner John Oxley will have to pay a $6,000 late nomination fee by March 19.

“We'll definitely do that,” said trainer Mark Casse. “It was an oversight. The colt came out of it in great shape. We'll keep our options open.”

The next step for Flameaway, a son of Scat Daddy, could be either the Tampa Bay Derby or the Blue Grass at Keeneland. Catholic Boy, meanwhile, is under consideration for either the Florida Derby or the Louisiana Derby as his final prep race.

“He hung on us a little bit, and that was a first,” said trainer Jonathan Thomas. “But if you look at the big picture, it was a solid effort, considering the ground he lost on both turns and it was his first race in 10 weeks.”

Read more at drf.com.

  • Michael Castellano

    Catholic Boy has little early speed, which hurts his chances at most tracks. Flameaway is a game speed horse that comes on again in the stretch, very unusual. Give him credit. Catholic Boy thought he had him measured until he finally changed leads.

    • NBA FAN

      Too much hype not enough substance. Look for another Derby horse.

  • Neigh Sayer

    Casse regarding not nominating Fameaway to the triple crown, “it was an oversight”. It’s only an oversight after this race getting points but if he really thought he was a derby horse he would have been on a different path and would have nominated.

  • William McAlevy

    Catholic Boy ran a big race, no knock on him. He needed race and barely lost in his 2nd dirt start.

  • NBA FAN

    They can afford the $6K late nom fee. For their sake, let’s hope it turns out to be a good investment.

  • William McAlevy

    Also Casse had huge Saturday, kudos to him. Catholic Boy has alot of stamina, the further they go the better. I can see him getting perfect Derby trip. Sitting 10th about 10 lengths back against 20 horses. Not in 6 horse field, perfect trip Flamaway.

  • Michael Infurna

    Oxley a jinx, spends tons of $$ on rats. This horse will stop like he got shot going 1 1/4, if he makes it to May!!

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