The 2018 Sam F. Davis Stakes was supposed to another coronation for Catholic Boy, the heavy favorite who was bet down all the way to 3/5. He ran well, but couldn’t contend with an unexpected rival who came from the clouds to steal the victory. Flameaway stormed the most recent derby prep race with a confidence building performance as a 10/1 outsider.
With the win, Flameaway paid $22.60, $5.40 and $3.20. Catholic Boy was strong in performance but couldn’t catch his rival down the stretch while delivering $2.60 and $2.10 to place. Vino Rosso was third with $2.80 at 2/1 odds.
Flameaway now has a record of 5-0-0 over 7 starts and earned $434,834. He was purchased as a yearlong for $400,000 by owner John C. Oxley and will now be a consideration on the Road to the Kentucky Derby as he heads to the 2018 Tampa Bay Derby to further promote his value amongst horseplayers.
“I had that conversation with Mr. Oxley this morning, and that is the plan,” said trainer Mark Casse who was quick to reveal the future intentions for Flameaway on Monday morning.
“Any time you see a horse that wins more than he loses, that is an exceptional horse,” noted Casse. One of the most intriguing elements that Flameaway brings to the table is his ability to win – and compete – on variable surfaces. He’s won on synthetic, dry and wet dirt while also running admirably on turf. His only two losses came in the 2017 Iroquois, where he placed 6th, and a curious entry in to the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf where he placed 8th. Flameaway ran once more on turf and won a sprint but was then returned to dirt in the 2018 Sam F. Davis Stakes.
He has not yet been nominated to the Triple Crown but Casse was adamant in promising that, “We’ll fix that.” Hosreplayers are put on notice. This son of Scat Daddy is getting better every week and seems to be learning from each of his varying experiences.