Pat O’Brien Stakes

Catalina Cruiser Joins NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

Just over a week after earning his third win in as many starts this year and fifth career graded stakes victory, Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser has worked his way into the top 10 of the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. Catalina Cruiser captured the Grade 2 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar on August 24 to […]

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Sadler Pleased With Catalina Cruiser’s ‘Game Win’ In O’Brien

Catalina Cruiser and Giant Expectations both exited their stretch battle in Saturday’s $200,000 Grade I Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del mar in good health, their respective camps reported Sunday. With the nose victory in the O’Brien, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Catalina Cruiser’s connections – trainer John Sadler […]

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Catalina Cruiser Fights Off Giant Expectations To Win Pat O’Brien At Del Mar

Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser, the 1-2 favorite piloted for the first time by Flavien Prat, had to dig deep Saturday to fight off the tenacious challenge of Giant Expectations in an epic stretch battle and win the featured Grade II $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. Hooked […]

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Sadler ‘Doing What’s Best’ For Catalina Cruiser, Cuts Him Back To Seven Furlongs

The San Diego Handicap and Pat O’Brien Stakes would seem an odd couple of events for a horse to undertake, let alone win, in any Del Mar summer meeting. The San Diego Handicap is around two turns, 1 1/16th miles and serves as the major prep for the TVG Pacific Classic. The Pat O’Brien is […]

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Catalina Cruiser 4-5 Favorite In Grade 2 Pat O’Brien

Defending race champion Catalina Cruiser was made the 4-5 favorite on oddsmaker Russ Hudak’s morning line for Saturday’s Grade II $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes. The 34th running of the 7-furlong sprint, named after one of the track’s founding fathers, is a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Mile in November at […]

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Giant Expectations Back In Del Mar For ‘Win And You’re In’ Pat O’Brien

Two years ago, Gary Stevens chose to ride Giant Expectations over stablemate Kobe’s Back in the Pat O’Brien Stakes at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., and directed the then 4-year-old colt to a 1 ½-length victory that was the 97th stakes win at the seaside track for Stevens. Stevens retired at […]

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Sadler: ‘It’s Easy To Go To Work When You Have These Nice Horses In The Barn’

In the winner’s circle after Saturday’s victory in the Pat O’Brien Stakes, John Sadler was asked how special it was to have two horses like Catalina Cruiser, who had just completed a 7 ¼ length romp, and Accelerate, who had won the Pacific Classic by a record margin a week earlier. “What it does is make me […]

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Catalina Cruiser Absolutely Dominant In Scratch-Depleted Pat O’Brien

Off as the 1-9 favorite in a field scratched down to four starters, Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser lived up to his name in Saturday’s Grade 2 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar. The 4-year-old son of Union Rags, ridden confidently by Drayden Van Dyke, took the lead mid-way down the backstretch and pulled away down […]

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Pat O’Brien: Ransom The Moon Will Not Run, Roy H Also Doubtful

Reigning Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Roy H and Ransom the Moon, winner of the 2017 and 2018 Bing Crosby Stakes, are potential scratches from Saturday’s Grade II $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes, their trainers said Friday morning. If so – and notifications aren’t required until close to post time – the seven-furlong event will lose considerable […]

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Giant Expectations Lands Breeders’ Cup Berth In Pat O’Brien Victory

Exline-Border Racing and Gato Racing’s Giant Expectations earned a spot in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile with a win in Saturday’s G2 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar. The 4-year-old New York-bred son of Frost Giant, ridden by Gary Stevens, came flying late to win going away by about two lengths. Trained by Peter […]

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