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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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‘Among The Top Jockeys In The Country’: Prat Wraps Up Del Mar Riding Title

Closing day of the 80th summer racing season at Del Mar is an occasion to reflect on the past seven weeks for horsemen. Without doubt the preeminent human figures of the meeting have been jockey Flavien Prat, trainer John Sadler and the Hronis Racing stable of brothers Kosta and Pete Hronis. With two wins on […]

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Encoder Up In Time To Win Del Mar Juvenile Turf

Encoder, the 3-5 favorite owned by Hronis Racing and trained by John Sadler, overhauled a game Billy Batts in the final strides to win the $100,000 Del Mar Juvenile Turf Sunday at Del Mar. Encoder, a Kentucky-bred son of English Channel who won his career debut impressively August 7, rallied in the stretch under leading […]

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Inspiressa, Leucothea Among 8 Entered in Saturday’s Del Mar Debutante

John Sadler-trained Inspiressa was tabbed the 5-2 favorite in a field of eight on oddsmaker Russ Hudak’s morning line for Saturday’s Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Debutante at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. Inspiressa, a daughter of The Big Beast, was an $850,000 purchase by Hronis Racing and West Point Thoroughbreds […]

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Nolo Contesto Hoping To Find Home On Turf In Del Mar Derby

La Jolla Handicap winner Kingly drew the outside, No. 10 post for Sunday’s Grade II $250,000 Del Mar Derby, the climax of the summer meeting’s turf stakes series for 3-year-olds at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. The Derby, at 1 1/8 miles, follows the opening-day Oceanside Stakes, won by Jasikan, and […]

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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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Espinoza, Sadler Near Del Mar Stakes Win Milestones

The victory with Lady Suebee in Friday’s Tranquility Lake Stakes was stakes win No. 99 at Del Mar for Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza and No. 7 this season for trainer John Sadler. His second stakes victory of the meeting moved Espinoza to within one of tying fellow Hall of Famer Gary Stevens for […]

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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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