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Breeders’ Cup 2018: Catholic Boy Works Maintenance Drill

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano did not have much time to celebrate his 5,000th-career win on Saturday at Belmont Park before catching a plane to Louisville to work Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) contender Catholic Boy five furlongs in 1:02.60 at 5:30 a.m. (all times Eastern) Sunday at Churchill Downs.

“It’s really amazing to think how much riders truly mean to a work,” trainer Jonathan Thomas said. “Javier is great and I’m glad we’ve got him.”

Castellano and Catholic Boy broke from Thomas’ stable pony at the six-furlong pole and started the five-furlong move through splits of :13.40, :26, :38.20 and :50.60 prior to galloping out six furlongs in 1:15.40 and seven furlongs in 1:28, according to Churchill Downs’ clocker John Nichols.

“I thought everything went really well,” Thomas said. “He broke off kindly from the pony. He started the work slowly but really picked it up from there. It was more of an endurance-building work this morning. He ran two tough races over the summer (in the July 7 Belmont Derby and Aug. 25 Travers) so we didn’t really need anything too speedy. This was probably the most major work prior to the Classic and we’ll likely come back with something easy next weekend.”

Castellano, who is named to ride Catholic Boy in the Classic, nearly echoed Thomas after he returned to Barn 41.

“He broke off really nicely today,” Castellano said. “He feels really good and really galloped out well. He really picked it up well down the lane and galloping out.”

Catholic Boy, a 3-year-old son of More Than Ready, has won three-consecutive graded stakes races on both the turf and dirt: the June 2 Pennine Ridge (GIII) at 1 1/8 miles on turf; Belmont Derby (GI) at 1 ¼ miles on turf and Travers at 1 ¼ miles on dirt.

Nearly four hours later, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott’s Breeders’ Cup Turf (GI) contender Channel Maker worked a half-mile in :49.20 inside of stablemate Prompt through opening fractions of :12.60 and :24.80. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:03.

“I wasn’t too sure whether to work him on the dirt or not,” Mott said. “I thought it was a good breeze on the inside of (Prompt). We thought about working him on the turf (Tuesday) but this was a good breeze this morning. I’m happy with it.”

Also on the Saturday work tab was South Florida-based owner/trainer Juan Carlos Avila’s Champagne Stakes (GI) fifth-place finisher Trophy Chaser, who breezed five furlongs in 1:01.40 with Castellano aboard in preparation for the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI).

“He went well,” Castellano said following the work. “It was a nice, easy breeze.”

Trophy Chaser, a 2-year-old colt by Twirling Candy, was an eye-popping 15 ¾-length winner in his second-career start at Gulfstream Park on Aug. 25 prior to the Oct. 6 Champagne.

One of Trophy Chaser’s likely competitors for the Juvenile is Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen’s Iroquois (GIII) runner-up Tight Ten, who blitzed five furlongs in :59.60 in company with stablemate Wilmington (five furlongs, 1:00.20).

Tight Ten, owned and bred by Winchell Thoroughbreds, started about three lengths back of Wilmington, an 0-for-2 maiden, through opening splits of :12.20 and :35.80 before hitting the wire together and galloping out five furlongs in 1:13.60, according to Nichols.

Rounding out the Sunday work tab was 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Toast of New York, who breezed an easy half-mile in :53.60 for trainer Jamie Osborne.

The now 7-year-old gelding, who was the second-place finisher behind Mind Your Biscuits in the Sept. 29 Lukas Classic (GIII) at Churchill Downs, could target the Breeders’ Cup Classic or the 1 ¾-mile Marathon Stakes (GII) on Friday, Nov. 2, according to Osborne’s assistant Jimmy McCarthy.

“He did really well this morning,” McCarthy said. “We went about 24 seconds for the final two furlongs of the work and I think Toast needed that little blow out.”

Training hours at Churchill Downs will remain 5:30-10 a.m. daily until Saturday when the track will open at 5:15 a.m. There will be turf training available Tuesday from 9:45-10 a.m. and daily beginning Sunday, Oct. 28. For more information, visit:

2019 Pegasus Cup Tickets Now on Sale

Pegasus Cup Tickets Can Be Purchased Online

The Stronach Group announced that tickets for the 2019 Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series, to be held on Saturday, January 26 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL, are now on sale.

Since 2017, the Pegasus World Cup has become one of the premier events on the Thoroughbred racing calendar, blending entertainment, innovation and horse racing like no other event of its kind, capturing the attention of the racing industry, celebrities and fans from around the world.

pegasus world cup logoTickets range from $60 to $1,000+ USD per person and offer something for every race-day enthusiast and entertainment seeker. There is a perfect race-day experience for every guest including, exciting views of the finish line from the Grandstand and the Apron, to luxurious suites and VIP dining experiences. Tickets for the classic Apron experience will be available only to the first 1,000 guests at $60 per person after which the price will increase to $75 per person.

Tickets are available online at, or by calling the Pegasus World Cup Box Office at Gulfstream Park at 1-833-464-7924 between 9am-6pm, daily.

The release of tickets for the Pegasus World Cup comes quickly following The Stronach Group’s announcement of the addition of the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational to the race-day card. The Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, which replaces the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, aims to attract and showcase twelve of the best older turf horses from around the world, turning the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational into a Championship Invitational Series.

The Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, to be run on the turf at 1 3/16 miles, will offer a $7 million purse with $3 million awaiting the winner. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational, contested at 1 1/8 mile on the dirt, will offer a $9 million purse with a $4 million prize awarded to the winner of the twelve-horse field.

The Stronach Group will also introduce a new wager, the Pegasus Pick 24. The Pegasus Pick 24 will offer up the chance to bet on the exact finish order for both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, adding another layer to the race-day excitement. A whopping $5 million bonus awaits the lucky fan who hits the Pegasus Pick 24.

For the latest news and updates follow the Pegasus World Cup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PegasusWorldCup and at #PegasusWorldCup.

Source: Gulfstream Park