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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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Double Graded Stakes Winner Catalina Cruiser Named Del Mar Horse Of The Meeting

Catalina Cruiser, who completed the unprecedented double of winning the San Diego Handicap and Pat O’Brien Stakes two years in a row, was selected Del Mar’s Horse of the Meeting for the 80th summer session by a vote of the media. Trained by John Sadler, owned by Hronis Racing and ridden by Joel Rosario in the […]

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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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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 horseracingnation.com. 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 ‘Impressive’ In Final Breeze For Pacific Classic

Seven nominees for the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on August 17 put in final works for the signature race of Del Mar’s summer meeting Saturday morning. Trainer John Sadler sent out his trio of Catalina Cruiser, Campaign and Higher Power. Doug O’Neill worked Pavel and Julius. Draft Pick was put through a tune-up run […]

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Total of 18 Nominated To 2019 Pacific Classic

The deadline for regular nominations to the 29th running of the Grade I TVG Pacific Classic passed Thursday night with 18 on the list compiled by the Del Mar racing office. The list includes five that would need to be shipped in from eastern tracks in the days before the Saturday, August 17 race. The […]

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