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OffTrackBetting.com - The Grade 2 Pat O'Brien Stakes is on tap for this Saturday, August 27 at Del Mar Race Track in Del Mar, California. Horses three years old and upward will be featured when they go seven furlongs on Del Mar's dirt track for the winner's share of the $200,000 purse.
A short field of just five will give it a go in the Pat O'Brien Stakes - race 3 on Del Mar's Saturday schedule. Post time is 3:00 PM. Here is a peek into the past performances of all five combatants for this Grade 2 stakes -a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" qualifier for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile .
Masochistic 4-5 - one of the best sprinters in 2015 - speedy Ron Ellis trained gelding has placed in nine of 12 career starts - seven wins and two second place finishes. He enters off a gate-to-wire Allowance Optional Claiming score by 6 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita July 8 which followed eight months away from the track and an uncharacteristic last of fourteen in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint (after sustaining an injury in the race). He had a second in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar last July 26 after a terrific three race win streak in 2015- the Grade 1 Triple Bend Stakes by 3 1/2 lengths with an impressive 110 Beyer Speed Figure June 27, in the Grade 2 Kona Gold Stakes with a 102 Beyer Speed Figure April 11 in his graded stakes debut and a 2 1/4 length Allowance Optional Claiming score February 28. Masochistic won six of his first eight career starts and hopes to rediscover that form from post 5 Saturday. Tyler Baze will be in the saddle of the overwhelming morning line favorite
Vyjack 3-1 - won his first four career starts including a pair of graded stakes scores at Aqueduct - the Grade 2 Jerome Stakes and the 2013 Grade 3 Gotham Stakes to start 2014 but has been up and down since. He also won the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap September 27, 2014. He had seven starts last year with just a second and a third place finish to show for it - a third in the minor Forbidden Apple Stakes July 11 at Belmont Park followed an OK second in the Grade 3 Poker Stakes in June. He has just two starts in 2016 - an Allowance score at Keeneland April 21 and a second last time out in the Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth Park June 5. Vyjack has been competitive at times - seven wins, three seconds and three third place finishes in 25 career starts enters looking pretty good. He looks for his first stakes score in 23 months Saturday from post 3 with Flavien Prat guiding the morning line second choice.
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Indexical 4-1 - finished seventh in this race in 2014 and third last year for trainer Ben Cecil and has been OK since. Last time out was a second in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes here July 31 after a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Santa Anita July 8 and eleven months away from the track. Before the layoff was a third in the 2015 Pat O'Brien Stakes and an Allowance Optional Claiming score here in July, 2015. He has placed in four straight races ahead of this weekend and will be after his first stakes score from gate 4. Indexical has three wins, three seconds and three third place finishes in 18 career starts and will have Mario Gutierrez guiding the third betting choice from gate 4.
Cautious Giant 6-1 - Kristin Mulhall trained gelding has four wins and six third place finishes in 21 career starts. He has been up and down lately - a seventh last time out in the Grade 1 Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita June 25 followed a third in the Grade 2 Kona Gold Stakes May 21, consecutive fourths - the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park April 10 and the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes in March and another third in the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Stakes here February 7. Before that was a two race win streak - both Allowance Optional Claiming scores in this track - the last coming January 1. Cautious Giant will be chasing his first stakes score Saturday and has failed to place in three of his last four starts overall. Santiago Gonzalez rides from gate 2.
Outside Nashville 10-1 - Jerry Hollendorfer multiple stakes winner won two straight races at Golden Gate in the winter of 2014 including the minor Oakland Stakes and had been up and down since. He arrives off a respectable second in the minor Joseph T. Grace Stakes at Santa Rosa August 7, a good win in the minor Oak Tree Sprint Stakes July 4, a fourth in the Grade 3 All American Stakes at Golden Gate in May and an Allowance score April 23. He failed to place in his previous two starts - a sixth in the Grade 3 San Simeon Stakes April 2 and a fifth in the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes in March. He has nine wins, six seconds and five third place finishes in 35 career starts and tries for his first graded stakes score from the rail. Martin Garcia gets the call.
Race 3 on Del Mar's Saturday card with a Post Time of 6:00 PM.
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