Jonathan Thomas

Lucullan Takes Knickerbocker At Belmont; Catholic Boy Fourth In Return

Godolphin Stable’s Lucullan utilized a patient trip to register his first career graded stakes win, running down pacesetter Dr. Edgar in the final furlong and prevailing against Olympico’s late charge to capture Monday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Knickerbocker by a length at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Lucullan, who had posted a runner-up and third-place finish […]

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Catholic Boy, Glorious Empire Top Monday’s Knickerbocker Field

Grade 1-winners Catholic Boy and Glorious Empire headline a competitive field of eight in Monday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Knickerbocker for 3-year-olds and upward going 1 1/8 miles over the inner turf at Belmont Park. A dual Grade 1 winner on dirt and turf as a sophomore, Catholic Boy arrives at the Columbus Day feature off […]

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‘It’ll Answer Some Questions’: Catholic Boy To Prep For Breeders’ Cup In Knickerbocker

A grade 1 winner on turf and dirt, Catholic Boy has been supplemented to Monday’s G2 Knickerbocker Stakes at Belmont Park in preparation for a start in the Breeders’ Cup, reports drf.com. The 1 1/8-mile turf race could lead to the 4-year-old son of More Than Ready pointing to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, or possibly the […]

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Belmont Park: After ‘Subpar’ Breeze, Catholic Boy To Miss Kelso Handicap

Dual Grade 1 winner Catholic Boy would’ve been the likely favorite in Saturday’s Grade 2 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park, but he won’t be in the field, trainer Jonathan Thomas tells the Daily Racing Form. “His last breeze was a little subpar for him,” Thomas told DRF. “We found a little area that he’s a […]

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Kelso Timing ‘Makes Sense’ For Catholic Boy

Six-time graded stakes-winner Catholic Boy came out of his breeze on Saturday in good order and is slated to make his next start in the Grade 2, $300,000 Kelso Handicap on September 21 at Belmont Park, trainer Jonathan Thomas said Sunday. The 4-year-old son of More Than Ready, who has won Grade 1 stakes on […]

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Tom’s D’Etat, Catholic Boy Both Tentatively Aiming For Saratoga’s Woodward

G M B Racing’s Tom’s d’Etat was in good shape on Saturday morning following his victory in the Alydar and trainer Al Stall, Jr. said the 6-year-old Smart Strike bay could return to action in the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward on August 31 at Saratoga Race Course. “He certainly did it the right way [Friday], […]

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Osare, Half-Sister To Arrogate, Retired

Bridlewood Farm’s Osare, a stakes-winning half-sister to champion Arrogate trained by Jonathan Thomas, has been retired following an off-the-board effort on July 6 in the Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware Park. Bred in Kentucky by Clearsky Farms, the dark bay or brown daughter of Medaglia d’Oro is out of the multiple stakes-winning […]

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‘Headstrong’ Dual-Surface Star Catholic Boy To Stay On Dirt, Point For Woodward

Robert V. LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm, and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Catholic Boy earned a 102 Beyer Speed Figure for his runner-up effort to Preservationist in Saturday’s Grade 2, $700,000 Suburban, a 1 1/4 mile test on Big Sandy. Last year, the dual-surface star won the turf Grade 1 Belmont Derby and Grade 1 […]

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Catholic Boy Back To Dirt For Grade 2 Suburban, Could Help Determine Direction For Summer Campaign

Ultra consistent Catholic Boy has won at the highest level on both dirt and turf and will now go for back-to-back graded stakes triumphs on both surfaces when breaking from the rail against ten others in Saturday’s 133rd running of the Grade 2, $700,000 Suburban for older horses going a mile and a quarter over […]

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Diversify Heading To Old Friends; Blowen Hoping To Honor Rick Violette Jr. With New Facility

Ralph and Lauren Evans’ recently retired two-time Grade 1 winning New York-bred Diversify is on his way to Old Friends Equine, a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited facility in Kentucky. Originally trained by the late Rick Violette, Jr., who died in October 2018, Diversify was transferred to the care of Jonathan Thomas to prepare for his 2019 campaign. After […]

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