Catalina Cruiser Wins Again in Pat O’Brien Stakes

Catalina Cruiser winning the Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © Benoit Photo Four starts, four victories by a combined margin of 18 ½ lengths. Fast times. Eye-catching speed figures. Just how good is Catalina Cruiser? There’s no telling at the moment. All we know is that he looked like a beast winning the 8.5-furlong San Diego Handicap (gr. II) last month, and he was just as impressive while cutting back to seven furlongs for [...]

Breeders’ Cup Winners Meet in Pat O’Brien Stakes

Roy H winning the Breeders' Cup Sprint - Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup Who would have guessed that a Grade 2 sprint race would wind up being perhaps the best race of the entire Del Mar summer meet? It’s not something I would have figured, but Saturday’s $200,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes (gr. II)—a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I)—has attracted a field of eight that includes two Breeders’ Cup winners plus [...]

Gravesend, Queen’s County Stakes Highlight Quiet Saturday

Green Gratto winning the Carter Handicap (gr. I) - Adam Coglianese Photography Although the major racing action on December 23rd is relatively quiet, with just five stakes races scheduled to be run in North America, Aqueduct racetrack in New York will keep things interesting with a nine-race card that includes two stakes races. The $100,000 Gravesend Stakes, the seventh race on the card, is arguably the highlight of the day. The six-furlong sprint has attracted eight starters, including Threefiveindia, [...]

Dude has another crack at Fall Highweight Handicap

Stallwalkin' Dude will be hard to beat in the Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct. Pic: NYRA. Defeated in a close finish in the Fall Highweight Handicap (G3) last year, the seemingly ageless Stallwalkin’ Dude is out to make amends in 2017. The 7-year-old gelding was just nabbed near the line last year by Heaven’s Runway, to whom he was conceding 11 pounds, and he’ll have to concede between four and nine pounds to his rivals this year. However, [...]