Weeks after finishing a disappointing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, Catholic Boy scored an impressive win in his first race on a dirt track, taking the Remsen Stakes by 4 3/4 lengths over Avery Island.
Catholic Boy stayed close to the lead throughout the race, never farther back than sixth. He moved up to fourth in the backstretch, and then jockey Manny Franco asked the colt to move around the far turn, three horses wide. He entered the homestretch in the lead, and was never really challenged as he cruised to an easy win.
Trainer Jonathan Thomas said he was impressed with the way Catholic Boy galloped out the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and gave him a couple of workouts on the dirt at Belmont. He did well, hence the entry in the Remsen.
The time for the 1 1/8 mile race was 1:52.50. Vouch finished third.