San Diego Handicap

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 ‘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 Gets The Job Done In San Diego ‘Cap

Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser appeared a bit leg weary in late stretch but managed to hold on as the 1-9 favorite in a field of four for Saturday’s G2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. The 5-year-old son of Union Rags and jockey Joel Rosario covered 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in […]

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Del Mar: Catalina Cruiser Looks For Repeat In San Diego Handicap

Hronis Racing’s classy Catalina Cruiser, champion sprinter of the 2018 Del Mar summer season, figures to be a solid favorite Saturday in the 78th running of the Grade II $200,000 San Diego Handicap at a mile and one-sixteenth on the main dirt track. Post time for the first of ten races is 2 p.m. Catalina Cruiser, […]

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Catalina Cruiser Faces Five In San Diego Handicap

Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser, primed for his title defense in Saturday’s Grade II $200,000 San Diego Handicap will face five challengers in the 1 1/16-mile event that is the main stepping stone to the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on August 17. “We had him (Catalina Cruiser) out this morning, he’s looking good and we’re […]

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Sadler Expects ‘Strong Start’ To Del Mar Meeting

Accelerate, Catalina Cruiser and Catapult, all out of the John Sadler stable, accounted for four of the nine divisional champions of the 2018 summer meeting at Del Mar. Accelerate was voted Horse of the Meeting and Top Older Horse while Catalina Cruiser took the Sprinter division and Catapult Top Grass Horse. The trio’s combined five […]

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Van Dyke Doubles At Del Mar For Jockey Of The Week Title

Drayden Van Dyke won two graded stakes at Del Mar last week to be honored as Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for July 16 – 22, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than […]

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Accelerate Works ‘Very Well,’ On Target For Pacific Classic

Accelerate, scratched from Saturday’s Grade II $200,000 San Diego Handicap – which was won impressively by stablemate Catalina Cruiser – worked five furlongs Sunday morning at Del Mar in :59.60 under exercise rider Juan Leyva. The work was the fastest of 69 at the distance. “I had him in a minute. He went very well,” Sadler said. Sadler scratched […]

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Catalina Cruiser Easily Wires Scratch-Depleted San Diego Handicap

Scratched down to a field of five on Saturday, the G2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar nevertheless saw a strong performance from Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser. The 4-year-old Union Rags colt led throughout for trainer John Sadler, crossing the wire 6 3/4 lengths ahead of his nearest rival. Off as the 6-5 favorite under […]

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Accelerate Scratched From San Diego, Could Target Whitney

Hronis Racing’s Accelerate has been scratched out of Saturday’s Grade 2 San Diego Handicap, according to bloodhorse.com. The 5-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky is fine and will breeze on Sunday morning, said trainer John Sadler, in anticipation of a possible start on the east coast. Accelerate’s scratch was effected because of the presence of two […]

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