Sam F. Davis Stakes

‘Stronger’ Catholic Boy Pleases Thomas Leading Up To Sam F. Davis Stakes

Jonathan Thomas leaned forward in a Grandstand box seat as his 3-year-old colt Catholic Boy commenced his workout on the Tampa Bay Downs dirt oval shortly after 9 a.m. today, accompanied by an unraced stablemate. “Twelve-and-one (seconds for the first quarter-mile),” the trainer murmured via walkie-talkie to exercise rider Tracy Price. “That’s quick enough, guys. Just sit. […]

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Tampa Bay: Catholic Boy Works Five Furlongs Ahead Of 2018 Debut

Multiple graded stakes winner Catholic Boy continued his preparation for the G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes by working five furlongs in 1:01 at Tampa Bay Downs over the weekend. The Daily Racing Form reports that it was the third recorded breeze by the son of More Than Ready since he captured the G2 Remsen Stakes Dec. 2. […]

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Sophomore World Of Trouble Nearly Lowers Track Record In Tampa’s Pasco Stakes

That “thudding” sound you might have heard after the $125,000 Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs came from a few dozen jaws hitting the grandstand cement after World of Trouble’s 13 ¾-length victory. It wasn’t just the margin, or the time – 1:21.52, .12 seconds off the stakes and track record for 7 furlongs – […]

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‘One Day At A Time’ As Remsen Winner Catholic Boy Gets Back To Breezing

Saddled by former Todd Pletcher assistant Jonathan Thomas, the now 3-year-old Catholic Boy was impressive in his first start on the dirt: the Robert LaPenta-owned son of More Than Ready won the G2 Remsen by 4 3/4 lengths. After a short break, Catholic Boy had his first work back on Friday, breezing a half in […]

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Tampa Bay Downs Schedules Richest Stakes Program In Track History

Tampa Bay Downs will conduct the most lucrative stakes program in its 92-year history during the 2017-2018 Thoroughbred racing season, offering a record 28 stakes races worth a combined $3.65-million. Additional purse and bonus monies for seven stakes – including the Grade II, (now)-$400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby for 3-year-olds on March 10 – […]

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Pese A La Mala Partida, McCraken Gana El Matt Winn Stakes En Churchill Downs

McCraken, crianza y propiedad de Janis Whitham, y que sufriera una laceración en uno de sus posteriores durante el Kentucky Derby, donde arribó octavo, regresó a las carreras con estilo el sábado 17 en la noche en el mismo hipódromo. El tresañero hijo de Ghostzapper, conducido por Brian Hernández Jr., partió un poco mal y […]

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Wilkes ‘Can’t Read Too Much Into’ McCraken’s Derby Run; Colt Preparing For Matt Winn

McCraken appeared back on the Churchill Downs work tab on Tuesday morning, cruising through an easy half-mile in :49 4/5 seconds. The sophomore son of Ghostzapper, eighth in the Kentucky Derby after suffering a puncture wound during bumping at the start, is being aimed at the G3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill on June 17, […]

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‘Filled Out, Stronger’ McCraken Works Five Furlongs At Keeneland Monday

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ undefeated graded stakes winner McCraken, who arrived at Keeneland on Thursday to begin preparations for the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 8, worked five furlongs in one minute flat Monday with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. aboard. The time was the fastest of seven works at the distance. Keeneland clockers caught […]

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On Track For Blue Grass: Wilkes ‘Very Pleased’ With McCraken’s Progress

Originally scheduled to contest the G2 Tampa Bay Derby this Saturday, undefeated sophomore McCraken will instead be sitting on the sidelines. The son of Ghostzapper sustained what trainer Ian Wilkes called a “minor ankle strain” in his left front leg during a workout on Feb. 27, which was discovered the next morning. According to, […]

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