TrainerJohn W. Sadler
OwnerHronis Racing LLC
BreederW. S. Farish
Catalina Cruiser is pointing for a second try at Breeders’ Cup glory one year after suffering his only career loss to date in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs as the favorite. He took another step towards his return to racing’s championship stage July 20 when he won the San Diego Handicap (G2) at Del Mar for the second time. Last year, Catalina Cruiser used the San Diego to establish himself as a divisional leader in the older horse division. That triumph, in his third career start and stakes debut, gave his connections great satisfaction after believing in his ability for so long. “We've loved this horse from day one,” trainer John Sadler said at the time. “He's showed a lot of potential, but we've had to be patient with him. Today, he showed us what we thought he could do.” His promise came at a cost of $370,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale and he has now earned far more than that on the track. One race prior to the San Diego, he won the True North Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park in his 2019 debut, signaling that he is ready for another try in the Breeders’ Cup. Last year, he left the starting gate a step slow and veered out late in the Dirt Mile. “The Breeders' Cup race was tough last year, but sometimes that happens when they just need a little break—rest and reset,” co-owner Stephanie Hronis said after the True North. “That's where John Sadler is great. He's patient with the horses and he can back them up, shift the gears down a little bit, then builds them back up again.”
|July 20, 2019||San Diego H.||DEL MAR||2||1|
|June 07, 2019||True North S.||BELMONT PARK||2||1|
|November 03, 2018||Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile||CHURCHILL DOWNS||1||6|
|August 25, 2018||Pat O'Brien S.||DEL MAR||2||1|
|July 21, 2018||San Diego H.||DEL MAR||2||1|
|May 19, 2018||SANTA ANITA PARK||1|
|October 07, 2017||SANTA ANITA PARK||1|
- August 22, 2019
The defending champion Catalina Cruiser is back to defend his title in Saturday’s $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2) against a field of seven other rivals at Del Mar. It will go off as race nine while serving as the feature event of the day.
- August 20, 2019
August 24 marks an important point on the Thoroughbred racing calendar as owners, trainers, and jockeys continue to hone in on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park with November approaching.
- July 30, 2019
McKinzie Leads Latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings as Top Four Horses are Slated to Battle in Saturday’s Whitney
Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie (243 votes) leads Thunder Snow (IRE), Vino Rosso and Preservationist in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings poll, and are all expected to start in Saturday’s $1 million Whitney (G1) from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.