‘We’ve Got A Good Shot’: Sadler Could End Breeders’ Cup Drought This Year

by | 10.19.2018 | 4:22pm
Jockey Drayden Van Dyke and trainer John Sadler celebrate Catalina Cruiser's win in the Pat O'Brien Stakes

John Sadler is not openly offended or even noticeably miffed when gently reminded he has never won a Breeders' Cup race from 41 starters during an otherwise stellar career that began four decades ago.

He deals with the issue straight on, and is optimistic the drought might very well end two weeks hence.

The 52-year-old Long Beach native could terminate that shabby streak with one or more of four scheduled starters in the championship events at Churchill Downs, two of them favored early on, Accelerate in the Classic on Nov. 3 and Catalina Cruiser in the Dirt Mile the same day.

Asked if he feels more confident about the latter two winning than perhaps any of his previous runners, Sadler said, “I think so. They're going to be shorter prices, and I like that, so we're feeling very good about it.

“There's still a lot to be determined, the weather, the draw and stuff like that, but we've got a good shot, there's no doubt about that . . . we've got fairly low odds.”

Sadler has his riders set, with Joel Rosario on Accelerate, Drayden Van Dyke aboard Catalina Cruiser and Catapult (Dirt Mile), and Tyler Baze on Selcourt (Filly & Mare Sprint).

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