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School On a Hill Switches to Dirt in Sam F. Davis

January 31, 2014 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share

A pumped up Wayne Catalano called up on Wednesday morning and said he was headin’ toward the entry box. 3-year-old School On a Hill worked a super five eighths in 59:27 (3 of 10) the morning prior at Gulfstream Park, getting the “Cat Man’s” wheels spinning about running on the dirt for the first time with the son of Student Council.

Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, James Covello, and breeder Millennium Farms, School On a Hill is set to take on seven sophomores in Saturday’s $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs. While the race was stripped of Kentucky Derby qualifying points, it will serve as an important prep for the Tampa Bay Derby and other preps in March.

“It’s the time of year to take a swing with sound, talented horse,” said WPT president Terry Finley. “His sire Student Council is a multiple graded stakes winner on dirt, and with the way he’s been working at Gulfstream, there’s good reason to think he’ll wake up . His last two races on the turf, were ok, but it’s time to change things up. We’re gonna be a longshot, but when Wayne’s confident, I’m confident.”


School On a Hill breaks from post seven in the eight horse field under Tampa Bay leading rider Ronnie Allen, Jr. Post time for the Sam Davis is 4:25 ET.