Overshadowed by his Breeders' Cup Classic-winning stablemate Accelerate in 2018, Catalina Cruiser is readying for a return to the races in three weeks' time. The 5-year-old son of Union Rags is being pointed to the G2 True North over 6 1/2 furlongs on the Belmont Stakes undercard, trainer John Sadler told horseracingnation.com.
“He looks really good,” Sadler said. “He had a beautiful work yesterday. I think he's going to be a really exciting horse for us again this year.”
The striking chestnut was undefeated in four starts, including the G2 San Diego and G2 Pat O'Brien, before finishing sixth in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile last fall. After that start, Sadler said the horse showed some issues on an MRI and needed some time.
Following the True North, Catalina Cruiser could stretch back out to 1 1/16 miles to defend his San Diego title on July 20. Beyond that, Sadler is waiting to let the horse tell him what his preferred distance might be.
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