A son of leading cumulative fifth crop sire, Union Rags, Catalina Cruiser is 7 for 9 lifetime with 5 of those wins being graded. Breaking his maiden on debut, Catalina Cruiser won his next level allowance going 6 furlongs in 1:08 3/5 good for a 107 Beyer speed figure. He then matched that Beyer figure stretching out to 8.5 furlongs in his stakes debut, the G2 San Diego winning by over 6 lengths. A win in the G2 Pat O’Brien by 7 lengths to remain unbeaten, cemented Catalina Cruiser as one of the top older dirt males of 2018. Reaffirming that status in his 2019 debut on Belmont Day, the G2 True North, Catalina Cruiser set a stakes record, 6.5 furlongs in 1:14.85.
Bred in Kentucky by W.S. Farish Catalina Cruiser was a $370,000 Keeneland September yearling purchased by David Ingordo. Out of the Mineshaft mare Sea Gull, Catalina Cruiser is a half-brother to multiple graded stakes winner and G1 placed, Eagle. This is the immediate family of successful stallion and influence of speed – Mt. Livermore.
His first yearlings are off to an impressive start with Hip 191, a filly, selling for $320,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. Catalina Cruiser continued to have success with multiple six-figure sales, including Hip 480, a colt that sold for $300,000.
WON Maiden Special Weight at Santa Anita (6F, by 2 1/4 lengths)
WON Allowance Optional Claiming at Santa Anita, San Diego Handicap [Gr. 2] at Del Mar ( 1 1/16 mi, by 6 3/4 lengths, defeating Dr. Dorr, Dabster, etc.) and Pat O'Brien Stakes [Gr. 2] at Del Mar (7F, by 7 1/4 lengths, defeating Battle of Midway, Vorticity, etc.).
WON True North Stakes [Gr. 2] at Belmont (6 1/2 F, by 1/2 length, defeating Strike Power, Recruiting Ready, etc.), San Diego Handicap [Gr. 2] at Del Mar for the second time (1 1/16 mi, by 1 length, defeating Mongolian Groom, Draft Pick and Core Beliefs), Pat O'Brien [Gr. 2] at Del Mar (7f, by a head, defeating Giant Expectations, American Anthem, etc.).