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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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Battle Of Midway Aiming For Grade 2 In ‘Unexpected Comeback’, Facing Roy H And Ransom The Moon

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer opted to make Saturday’s Grade 2 $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes the first race in the unexpected comeback of 2017 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Battle of Midway. And with the entry of the 4-year-old son of Smart Strike – along with those of Catalina Cruiser, Ransom the Moon, Roy […]

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‘No Problems’ In Accelerate’s Final Work Toward Pacific Classic

John Sadler-trained Accelerate, the likely morning line favorite for Saturday’s$1 million TVG Pacific Classic and race-nominated The Lieutenant and Unique Bella logged final works Sunday for the signature event of the Del Mar summer season. With assistant trainer Juan Leyva up, the 5-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky was timed in 1:26.00 for seven furlongs after covering the […]

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Total Of 15 Nominated To $1 Million Pacific Classic

Fourteen older males and champion 4-year-old filly Unique Bella have been nominated for the 28th running of the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on Saturday, August 18, as the deadline passed at midnight Thursday. The connections for all 15, six of which have been cross-entered in other stakes races next weekend, have until Tuesday to decide regarding the 1 ¼-mile signature event […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Out Of The Darkness, Into The Spotlight

In 2013 at Hollywood Park, Drayden Van Dyke could often be found in the jockey’s room riding the Equicizer. He liked to practice on the machine in the dark, so he could focus on the feel of the ride instead of visual cues. One day, Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith walked in to the […]

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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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