Jockey Drayden Van Dyke celebrates aboard Catipult after their victory within the Grade II, $250,000 Eddie Learn Stakes, Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Membership, Del Mar CA.© BENOIT PHOTO

Woodford Racing’s Catapult, whose victory within the Grade II $250,000 Eddie Learn Stakes secured the 2018 Best Grass Horse of the Assembly identify, will tackle 5 opponents in protection of the identify Sunday.

“He is educated really well for it and we are thinking about having him back off right here and his possibilities within the race,” instructor John Sadler mentioned Thursday morning.

Sadler, a significant power at Del Mar in recent times, were given off to a superb get started with a victory by way of Irish import Jasikan within the Runhappy Oceanside Stakes at the opening day program. He’s going to ship out closely appreciated Catalina Cruiser in Saturday’s Grade II  $200,000 San Diego Handicap, the foremost prep for the $1 million TVG Pacific Vintage on August 17.

Catapult adopted the Eddie Learn with a victory within the Grade II Del Mar Mile on the summer time assembly and ended his 2018 marketing campaign with a runner-up end to Skilled Eye within the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile that raised his income for the yr to $623,800.

The 6-year-old son of Kitten’s Pleasure is winless in 3 Grade I begins in 2019, shedding by way of a nostril to Eddie Learn entrant Ohio within the Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita in the only get started on turf rated “company” as it is going to be for the Learn. Handbag income of $576,975 from his 3 2019 begins larger Catapult’s profession overall to greater than $1.five million.

Put up positions have been to be drawn later Thursday for the 1 1/8-mile match, however the box along with Catapult, with common rider Drayden Van Dyke, in alphabetical order is: Bowies Hero (Flavien Prat), Marckie’s Water (Tiago Pereira), Ohio (Ruben Fuentes), Ritzy A.P. (Martin Garcia) and Sharp Samurai (Victor Espinoza).

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