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Pat O'Brien Handicap

Grade I race
Pat O'Brien Handicap
Location Del Mar Racetrack
Del Mar, California, United States
Inaugurated 1986
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.dmtc.com
Race information
Distance 7 furlongs
Track Polytrack synthetic dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $300,000

The Pat O'Brien Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California. In 2009, this race will become a Grade I event.[1].

The race was named in honor of actor and Del Mar Racetrack co-founder, Pat O'Brien. The race, also known as the Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap, is open to horses age three and up willing to race seven furlongs on Polytrack synthetic dirt, and carries a purse of $300,000.

Pat O'Brien, a classic character movie actor who often appeared in a Jimmy Cagney starring vehicle, loved the races.


Speed record:

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 3 - Darrell Vienna (1997, 2002, 2003)

Most wins by an owner:








2009 Zensational 3 Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Zayat Stables 1:22.31
2008 Lewis Michael 5 Rene Douglas Wayne Catalano Frank Calabrese 1:21.17
2007 Greg's Gold 6 Victor Espinoza David Hofmans Bill Boswell 1:23.95
2006 Siren Lure 5 Alex Solis Art Sherman S. Kesselman/T&M Melkonian 1:21.89
2005 Imperialism 4 Victor Espinoza Kristin Mulhall Steve Taub 1:21.70
2004 Kela 6 Tyler Baze Mike Mitchell Jay Manoogian 1:21.17
2003 Disturbingthepeace 5 Victor Espinoza Darrell Vienna R. & D. Milch/Herrick Racing 1:21.53
2002 Disturbingthepeace 4 Victor Espinoza Darrell Vienna Rita & David Milch 1:21.89
2001 El Corredor 4 Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Hal Earnhardt 1:20.42
2000 Love That Red 4 Corey Nakatani Bob Baffert Terry D. Wells 1:21.89
1999 Regal Thunder 5 Chris Antley Julio C. Canani DeHaven et al. 1:21.13
1998 Old Topper 3 Ed Delahoussaye Noble Threewitt Barbara Hunter 1:21.51
1997 Tres Paraiso 5 Gary Stevens Darrell Vienna Ernest Auerbach 1:21.45
1996 Alphabet Soup 5 Chris Antley David Hofmans Ridder Thoroughbred St. 1:20.79
1995 Lit de Justice 5 Corey Nakatani Jenine Sahadi Evergreen Farm 1:20.06
1994 D'hallevant 4 Corey Nakatani Ron McAnally Haras Santa Maria De Araras 1:20.25
1993 Slerp 4 Adalberto Lopez Robert B. Hess, Jr. Allan L. Richie 1:21.36
1992 Light of Morn 6 Ed Delahoussaye Rodney Rash Robert E. Hibbert 1:20.65
1991 Bruho 5 Corey Nakatani Jerry M. Fanning Joseph M. Scardino 1:21.40
1990 Sensational Star 6 Rafael Meza Bill Spawr Calhoun/Risoldi/Sullivan 1:20.60
1989 Olympic Native 4 Robbie Davis Mike Orman Alvarez & Smith 1:20.20
1988 Sebrof 4 Gary Stevens Laz Barrera Aaron U. Jones 1:20.40
1987 Zany Tactics 6 Jack Kaenel Blake R. Heap Vera C. Brunette 1:21.20
1986 Bold Brawley 3 Pat Valenzuela Ronald W. Ellis Gilmour & Morrow 1:20.40



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