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Catalina Cruiser

  • Jockey
    Joel Rosario
  • Trainer
    John W. Sadler
  • Owner
    Hronis Racing LLC
  • Breeder
    W. S. Farish
  • Sire
    Union Rags
  • Dam
    Sea Gull

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.”

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
Breeders’ Cup Winner
2018 Pat O'Brien S.
12
2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
July 20, 2019San Diego H.DEL MAR21
June 07, 2019True North S.BELMONT PARK21
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 03, 2018Breeders' Cup Dirt MileCHURCHILL DOWNS16
August 25, 2018Pat O'Brien S.DEL MAR21
July 21, 2018San Diego H.DEL MAR21
May 19, 2018 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
October 07, 2017 SANTA ANITA PARK 1

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