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Higher Power Puts It All Together For Dominant Pacific Classic Performance

Hronis Racing and John Sadler have now earned back-to-back $1 million Pacific Classic victories, starting with eventual champion Accelerate in 2018 and continuing with rising star Higher Power in the 2019 edition. A 4-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro, Higher Power had a single stakes placing to his name when he was entered in this April’s […]

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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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Gift Box ‘Better Than Ever’ Ahead Of Monday’s Gold Cup At Santa Anita

Hronis Racing’s rapidly improving Gift Box, fresh off victory in the Santa Anita Handicap, bids for his second consecutive Grade I victory as he heads Monday’s Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, to be contested for the 81st time at a mile and one quarter. Trained by John Sadler, Gift Box, who campaigned […]

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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 horseracingnation.com. “He looks really […]

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Sadler Hoping To Feast on Santa Anita Stakes Diet

John Sadler goes for back-to-back victories in the Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino a week from Saturday, April 6, when he sends out Gift Box in the Arcadia, Calif., Thoroughbred racing track’s marquee race for older horses at a mile and a quarter offering $600,000 in purse money. Sadler won his first […]

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Sadler Sees Potential For Back-To-Back Big ‘Cap Wins With Gift Box

Just about a year ago John Sadler was celebrating Accelerate’s victory in the Santa Anita Handicap, the trainer’s first ever in the track’s historic race. Now he is poised to win it again with Gift Box, who worked six furlongs Friday in 1:14 for the mile and a quarter classic next Saturday, March 9. “He […]

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Pegasus Concept (And Horse Racing) A Great Outlet For Owners’ Competitive Fires

At last Tuesday’s post position draw for the $9-million Pegasus World Cup, William Warren Jr., co-owner of City of Light with wife Suzanne, went out of his way to wish John Sadler good luck with Hronis Racing’s Accelerate, complimenting the trainer on the skill with which he’s guided the 6-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky’s […]

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‘Like Sending Your Kid Off To College’: Sadler Says Goodbye To Accelerate

John Sadler made a short stop at Gulfstream about 6 a.m. to see his champion Accelerate before the trainer had to head to the airport, also heading back to California. Sadler had Accelerate jog on the pavement, pronounced the 6-year-old horse in good shape and gave him a final pat on the neck. “It’s like […]

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City Of Light’s Pegasus Win Just ‘Icing On The Cake’ For McCarthy

Trainer Michael McCarthy spent much of the 2 1/2 hours he was at Gulfstream Park Sunday morning in the stall with William and Suzanne Warren’s City of Light, winner of Saturday’s $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1). “I try to spend as much time as I can with him, to sit around,” McCarthy said […]

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City Of Light Dominates Sloppy Conditions To Go Out On Top In Pegasus World Cup

He was the only horse to beat Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Accelerate in 2018, and Mr. and Mrs. William Warren’s City of Light did it again at the beginning of 2019. The 5-year-old son of Quality Road seemed to relish the sloppy conditions at Gulfstream Park, settling just off the pacesetter and kicking away in […]

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