Catalina Cruiser Gets The Job Done In San Diego ‘Cap

Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser appeared a bit leg weary in late stretch but managed to hold on as the 1-9 favorite in a field of four for Saturday’s G2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. The 5-year-old son of Union Rags and jockey Joel Rosario covered 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:44.20. Trained by John Sadler, Catalina Cruiser held off Mongolian Groom by about a length on the wire.

Catalina Cruiser set the pace throughout the San Diego, pressured early by Draft Pick through fractions of :24.52 and :48.94. Mongolian Groom kept pace from third on the outside and Core Beliefs was last of the four-horse field while no more than three lengths off the leader.

Draft Pick kept up his pressure on Catalina Cruiser all the way through the far turn, and Catalina Cruiser had to dig deep to pull away in the stretch. He finally cleared that rival only to find Mongolian Groom running on late, but the wire flashed overhead with Catalina Crusier a length in front. Mongolian Groom finished second, with Draft Pick third.

Bred in Kentucky by W. S. Farish, Catalina Cruiser was a $370,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale. He won his first four races in a row, including last year’s edition of the San Diego Handicap, but finished sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Catalina Cruiser has won both his 2019 starts to improve his overall record to six wins from seven starts and earnings of over $550,000.

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