Hronis Racing's Catalina Cruiser will stand at Lane's End Farm upon retirement. A son of leading cumulative fourth-crop sire Union Rags, Catalina Cruiser is seven for eight lifetime with five of those wins being graded. “Catalina Cruiser is the quintessential American dirt horse. He's exactly what we're looking for. Tough, with speed and the ability to carry that speed,” said Bill Farish of Lane's End. “He reminds me of stallions like Quality Road, Twirling Candy and Liam's Map. They all had tremendous speed and were classy enough to win graded stakes going two turns.”
Breaking his maiden on debut, Catalina Cruiser won his next level allowance going 6 furlongs in 1:08.64, good for a 107 Beyer Speed Figure. He then matched that Beyer Figure stretching out to 8.5 furlongs in his stakes debut, the Grade 2 San Diego, winning by 6 3/4 lengths. A win in the G2 Pat O'Brien by 7 1/4 lengths, to remain unbeaten, cemented Catalina Cruiser as one of the top older dirt males of 2018.
Reaffirming that status in his 2019 debut on Belmont Day in the G2 True North, Catalina Cruiser set a stakes record, 6.5 furlongs in 1:14.85. “This horse has raw talent,” said trainer John Sadler, “He's always been a 'Wow' horse. He's shown it from the very beginning and has proven it on the racetrack.”
Bred in Kentucky by W.S. Farish, Catalina Cruiser was a $370,000 Keeneland September yearling purchased by David Ingordo. “He was raised on the farm and he was always a standout,” said Ingordo. “His sire is coming off of a huge September sale and this horse is one of Union Rags' best physicals. He has tremendous commercial potential.”
Out of the Mineshaft mare Sea Gull, Catalina Cruiser is a half-brother to graded stakes winner and G1 placed Eagle. This is the immediate female family of successful stallion and influence of speed – Mt. Livermore. Catalina Cruiser is undefeated in three starts in 2019, having scored repeat victories in the San Diego and Pat O'Brien, and makes his next start in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
His stud fee will be released thereafter.
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