hronis racing

Cistron Gets A Perfect Trip For San Simeon Victory

Idle since winning a Grade I stakes on dirt last July, Hronis Racing’s Cistron got a perfect stalk and pounce trip in winning Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes by a head under Victor Espinoza. Trained by John Sadler, the 6-year-old full horse by The Factor got 5 ½ furlongs over a Santa Anita […]

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Big ‘Cap Day ‘An Emotional Roller Coaster’ For Sadler, Hronis; Gift Box’s Injury Appears Minor

Trainer John Sadler weathered the unexpected storm unleashed by Gift Box in relatively good order, looking at the glass as half full on Sunday morning. Gift Box, the morning-line favorite for the Santa Anita Handicap, was scratched on Saturday morning due to pressure in an ankle. Later on Saturday afternoon, the Sadler-trained longshot Combatant gave […]

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Combatant Gives Sadler, Hronis Third Straight Big ‘Cap Triumph

Despite the scratch of their morning-line favorite Gift Box due to concerns over a filling in an ankle, owner Hronis Racing and trainer John Sadler managed to come up with their third straight victory in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap. Gift Box won it for them in 2019, and Accelerate won the Big ‘Cap […]

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Flagstaff Runs To His Billing In San Carlos

With an avalanche of late money coming his way, the John Sadler-conditioned Flagstaff ran accordingly, as he stalked the early pace and rallied four-deep turning for home en route to a 1 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Flagstaff got seven furlongs in […]

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Sadler Seeks Three-Peat With Gift Box In Santa Anita Handicap

One of eight trainers dating back to 1940 to have saddled consecutive winners of the storied Santa Anita Handicap, John Sadler will seek an unprecedented three-peat this Saturday at The Great Race Place as his high weighted Gift Box defends his title in the 83rd running of the Grade 1, $600,000 classic for older horses […]

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‘Big Work’ Has Higher Power Ready For Pegasus Challenge

Hronis Racing’s Higher Power put in a five-furlong breeze in :59.60 on Saturday that has trainer John Sadler excited about next weekend’s Pegasus World Cup, reports drf.com. The 5-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro will ship to South Florida on Tuesday. “I loved it,” Sadler told drf.com. “(Jockey Flavien) Prat was on him for his second consecutive […]

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Sadler Eyes Pegasus World Cup For Higher Power

Trainer John Sadler told the Daily Racing Form this week that his trainee Higher Power, who most recently finished third behind Vino Rosso in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, is likely headed to the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup later this month. Gift Box, who won the G2 San Antonio for Sadler last weekend, is under […]

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Gift Box Returns For Easy Repeat In San Antonio

Hronis Racing’s Gift Box, unraced since finishing fourth in June’s G1 Stephen Foster, returned on Saturday to be the post-time favorite in Santa Anita’s Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes. The 6-year-old by Twirling Candy won the race last year en route to victory in the G1 Santa Anita Handicap, and Gift Box made it clear […]

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‘We Think We Have A Good Shot’: Sadler Seeking Classic Repeat With Higher Power

Trainer John Sadler got the 0-for-44 Breeders’ Cup monkey off his back last year by winning the Classic with Accelerate. And if Higher Power is a long shot to follow Accelerate as champion older male, the 4-year-old colt has credentials to give Sadler and Eclipse Award-winning owner Hronis Racing a second straight victory in the […]

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