Pat O’Brien

Catalina Cruiser Ruled Out Of Pacific Classic, To Be Kept At One-Turn Distances

Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser will not contest this weekend’s Pacific Classic at Del Mar, reports The 5-year-old son of Union Rags is undefeated in two starts this year, the G2 True North and the G2 San Diego Handicap, but trainer John Sadler has opted to keep the horse at shorter distances through the remainder […]

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Catalina Cruiser Targets True North On Belmont Stakes Undercard

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 “He looks really […]

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Shirley Day Smith Dies; Beloved NYRA Press Office Assistant Was 99

Shirley Day Smith, who spent more than 60 years as the administrative assistant in the press office for the New York Racing Association and its predecessors, died Thursday, September 20, 2018, after a brief illness at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y.  She was 99 years old. Smith had retired from NYRA in the […]

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Danzing Candy Fractures Ankle During Friday Gallop, Retired

Danzing Candy, the 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s Grade II $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar, suffered a career-ending fracture to an ankle Friday morning during a routine gallop on the eve of the race. “Just took a bad step,” owner Ted Aroney, said by telephone from his Rancho Santa Fe residence. “The timing is bad … […]

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Masochistic Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth In Pat O’Brien Stakes

Masochistic, the overwhelming favorite at 1-5, delivered as expected Saturday with a brilliant front-running victory under jockey Tyler Baze in the featured Grade II $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes. Running versus only two rivals, Masochistic breezed to the front in the first few strides and was on cruise-control for the remainder of the seven-furlong sprint, Baze […]

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Masochistic Sparkles In Return To Racing Friday

In a breathtaking performance, heavily favored Masochistic took Friday’s $65,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 6 ¼ lengths under Mike Smith while covering 6 ½ furlongs geared down in 1:13.74. Breaking from post position four in a field of five older horses, Masochistic, who is conditioned by Ron Ellis and had been idle since well […]

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The summer racing season has been gearing up toward this weekend which promises to showcase the country’s top talent, especially in the 3-year-old division. At Saratoga, the Grade 1 Travers has attracted a field of 11 of sophomore stand-outs, with the exception of Lookin At Lucky, who has remained at his Southern California base […]

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