2016 Seabiscuit Handicap Preview at Del Mar

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Dave Bond | OTB Writer

OffTrackBetting.com - Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California will be the scene of the G2 Seabiscuit Handicap in Saturday, November 26. Horses three years old and upward will be after the winner's share of the $200,000 purse when they take to Del Mar's turf track and race 1 1/16 miles.

A field of eight will line up in the Seabiscuit Handicap - race 8 on Del Mar's Saturday schedule. Post time is 4:00 PM. Let's take a glance into the past performances of all eight entries for this G2 stakes - four of which raced in last month's Breeders' Cup.

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2016 Seabiscuit Handicap Entries at Del Mar

Om - has 15 career starts for trainer Dan Hendricks with five wins, four seconds and three third place finishes. He enters off three straight runner-up finishes - the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint - a nose behind Obviously last time out, the G2 City of Hope Mile October 8 and the G2 Del Mar Mile August 21. Before that was a sixth in the G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile March 12 at Santa Anita, a third in the G2 Arcadia Stakes here February 13, a nice win in the G2 Mathis Brothers Mile December 26, another third as favorite in the G1 Hollywood Derby here November 28 and two good wins - the G2 Twilight Derby October 24 and in gate-to-wire fashion in the G2 Del Mar Derby last September 6. He also posted a second as favorite in the G3 La Jolla Handicap August 9, 2015 a third in his graded stakes debut - the G3 Affirmed. Om is one of two horses to ever beat American Pharoah - by 7 1/4 lengths back last August and has been good in the lead-up to this race - two triple digit Beyer Speed Figures in his last two starts. He tries for his first win this year from post 3 with Gary Stevens aboard.

Hi Happy - Argentinean bred colt has been dominant in his career so far - six starts and six wins but he hasn't seen the track in nearly a year. He makes his North American debut Saturday having posted four Group 1 victories and a Group 2 in his career so far. Last time out was the prestigious Group 1 Carlos Pellegrini in December, 2015 after wins in the Group 1 Nacional in November, 2015 the Group 1 Jockey Club a month before that and the Group 2 Ensayo another month before that. Hi Happy has been sensational and will try to knock off the rust Saturday. Altair Domingos has been tabbed to ride from the outside gate 8.

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Vyjack - won his first four career starts including a pair of graded stakes scores at Del Mar - the G2 Jerome Stakes and the G3 Gotham Stakes to start 2014 but has been up and down since. He also won the G2 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 G3 Poker Stakes in June. He has just five starts in 2016 and has been OK - a seventh last time out in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile followed a nice win in the G2 City of Hope Mile October 8, a second in the G2 Pat O'Brien Stakes at Del Mar August 27, a second in the G2 Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth Park in June and an Allowance score at Keeneland April 21. Vyjack has been competitive at times - eight wins, four seconds and three third place finishes in 28 career starts and will be looking for a strong bounce back Saturday. He looks for his second graded stakes score in three starts from gate 4 Saturday with Flavien Prat guiding him.

What A View - Kenneth Black trained gelding has six wins and two second place finishes in 14 career starts. He arrives off a career-worst effort - a last of fourteen after tiring in the Breeders' Cup Mile which followed an unfortunate eighth in the G1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland October 8. Before that was a terrific four race win streak - the G3 Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita April 9, the G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on that track in March, the minor California Cup Turf Classic January 30 and an Allowance Optional Claiming December 26. He also had a fifth, a second and a win respectively in Allowance races on California tracks. What a View was terrific before his layoff and his last two starts and will be out for a strong bounce back Saturday with Tyler Baze in the saddle from post 5.

Ring Weekend - returned from a 14 month layoff May 21 for trainer Graham Motion and finished a very respectable second in the G2 Dixie Stakes at Pimlico and followed that with an uncharacteristic sixth in the G1 Fourstardave Handicap August 20 and a good win in the G2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga September 5. He enters this week off consecutive seventh place finishes - the BC Mile last time out and the G1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland October 8. Before the layoff he won the 2015 G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita and had wins in the G3 Saranac Stakes in September, 2014 and the G3 Hill Prince Stakes a month later. Ring Weekend now has six wins, four seconds and two third place finishes in 19 career starts and has four wins and two seconds in his last 10 starts overall. He looks to get back in the win column Saturday as Drayden Van Dyke gets the call from post 7.

A Red Tie Day - Richard Baltas trained gelding has five wins and four third place finishes in 18 career starts. He enters off a good win in the minor Lure Stakes at Santa Anita October 30, a fifth in the G2 John Henry Turf Championship on that track October 2, an Allowance Optional Claiming score here August 26 and a fifth in the minor Wickerr Stakes here in July. His other graded stakes results were a ninth in the G2 Charles Whittingham Stakes in May and a fourth in the G2 Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland in April. A Red Tie Day tries for his first graded stakes win (second straight stakes) and enters having won of his last three starts overall. Norberto Arroyo rides from the rail.

Hunt - Irish bred Phil D'Amato trained gelding has 19 career starts with five wins, five seconds and three third place finishes. Last time out was a disappointing eighth in the minor Damascus Stakes at Santa Anita November 4 which followed an OK third in the G3 Eddie D Stakes September 30, a sixth in the minor Green Flash Stakes on this track August 12 and a three race win streak - the best of which coming in the minor Siren Lure Stakes at Santa Anita in June. Hunt chases his first graded stakes score Saturday having failed to place in two of his last three starts. Mike Smith will be in the irons hoping to change Hunt's fortunes around from gate 6.

Stylistics United - lightly raced Kenneth Nettles trained colt has just one win in five career starts. He makes his stakes debut off a tenth in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track November 13 after a maiden score at Santa Anita October 21 and an eleventh in a MSW October 2. Stylistics United hasn't been all that impressive but will be after a career-defining win from gate 2 Saturday. Tiago Josue Pereira will be in the saddle.

2016 Seabiscuit Handicap Odds & Post Positions

Race 8 on Del Mar's Saturday card with a Post Time of 7:02 PM.

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 A Red Tie Day 10-1 Norberto Arroyo, Jr. Richard Baltas
2 Stylistics United 30-1 Tiago Pereira Kenneth Nettles
3 Om 5-2 Gary Stevens Dan Hendricks
4 Vyjack 3-1 Flavien Prat Philip D'Amato
5 What a View 7-2 Tyler Baze Kenneth Black
6 Hunt (IRE) 10-1 Mike Smith Philip D'Amato
7 Ring Weekend 4-1 Drayden Van Dyke H. Motion
8 Hi Happy (ARG) 10-1 Altair Domingos Felipe Souza

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