Horse Racing

Catalina Cruiser captures Grade II, $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes

Catalina Cruiser captures Grade II, $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes

Catalina Cruiser crushed his competition in the Grade II, $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes on Aug. 25 at Del Mar, winning by 7 1/4 lengths.

Battle of Midway - bred by local residents Pavla and Erik Nygaard - was making his first start since winning the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and was second-best, 2 1/4 lengths in front of Vorticity.

The undefeated Catalina Cruiser covered the 7 furlongs on the dirt in 1:22.13.

“He is something,” said his jockey, Drayden Van Dyke. “I said he was one of the best horses I’ve ever been on. He just might be the best. He’s a cruiser, for sure.”

Trainer John Sadler said right now the plan is to run Catalina Cruiser in the Breeders’ Cup...

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