Dixie Stakes

Return To Turf, Possibly Breeders’ Cup Mile, Could Be In The Cards For Catholic Boy

Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Catholic Boy breezed four furlongs in 47.66 under Hall of Famer Javier Castellano on the Belmont turf on Sunday morning. Trained by Jonathan Thomas, the 4-year-old More Than Ready bay won Grade 1 races on turf and dirt last year with scores in the […]

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Catholic Boy ‘Coming Back Into Form,’ Still Under Consideration For Kelso

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 […]

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Diversify Shows ‘A Lot Of Energy’ In Third Breeze Of 2019

Multiple graded stakes winner and New York-bred Horse of the Year Diversify visited the training track this morning posting his third workout at Belmont this year, breezing four furlongs in 50.89 seconds Owned by Ralph and Lauren Evans, trainer Jonathan Thomas said Saturday’s breeze was a maintenance work with no set plans yet on where […]

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‘Matured’ Catholic Boy Targets July 6 Suburban Handicap

Catholic Boy was known for his high-level consistency and versatility during his 3-year-old campaign with Grade 1 triumphs on dirt and turf. Following a comeback win in the Grade 2 Dixie over the grass at Pimlico in his 4-year-old debut, he could go back to the main track for the Grade 2, $700,000 Suburban Handicap […]

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Catholic Boy Makes Triumphant Turf Return In Dixie

Sent off as the 7-5 favorite in his first start since finishing 13th in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Catholic Boy made his 2019 debut a winning on in the Grade 2 Dixie Stakes. The 4-year-old son of More Than Ready, ridden by Javier Castellano […]

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Versatile Flameaway To Go In Friday’s Pimlico Special, Will Scratch From Dixie

Owner John Oxley and trainer Mark Casse have decided to run Flameaway in Friday’s $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) instead of Saturday’s $250,000 Maker’s Mark Dixie (G2). The 4-year-old Flameaway was entered in both races at Pimlico in Baltimore, Md.,, with the Pimlico Special 1 1/4 miles on dirt and the Dixie 1 1/16 miles on […]

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Catholic Boy Back To Turf For Seasonal Debut In Grade 2 Dixie

It has taken more than six months but Catholic Boy, a Grade 1 winner on both dirt and turf, will make his seasonal debut as he returns to grass in the $250,000 Maker’s Mark Dixie (G2) Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. The 118th running of the 1 1/16-mile Dixie for 3-year-olds and up is one of […]

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Diversify ‘On The Muscle’ In Return To Work Tab; Catholic Boy Possible For Dixie

With only one start through the first two weeks of the Belmont spring/summer meet, trainer Jonathan Thomas will look to increase his productivity in the coming weeks with multiple Grade 1-winners Diversify and Catholic Boy preparing to return to action with several other stakes contenders in tow as well. Diversify, the 2018 New York-bred Horse […]

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Fire Away Fights Up The Rail For Off-Turf Dixie Score

Phipps homebred Fire Away dug in to the sloppy going to prevail in a four-way battle that emerged at the head of the lane in Saturday’s $250,000 Dixie Stakes. The 6-year-old War Front son, ridden by Manny Franco for Shug McGaughey, prevailed by three-quarters of a length at the wire. Sent to the post as […]

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Preakness Undercard: Champion World Approval Bids For Title Defense In Dixie

Reigning male turf champion World Approval looks to return to his winning ways when he makes a title defense in Saturday’s $250,000 Maker’s Mark Dixie (G2), one of seven stakes worth $2.55 million in purses on the 14-race Preakness Stakes (G1) undercard at legendary Pimlico Race Course. A winner of four of five graded stakes […]

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