Love That Red Hugs Rail for Pat O'Brien Win

Love That Red Hugs Rail for Pat O'Brien Win
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Love That Red and jockey Corey Nakatani win the Grade II $150,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap.
Under jockey Corey Nakatani, 8-5 favorite Love That Red used an inside stalking trip to win the $150,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap (gr. II) Sunday at Del Mar. The 4-year-old gelding stopped the timer after seven furlongs run in 1:21.89 over a fast track to complete his eighth win from 17 career races. Cliquot finished second, followed by Son of a Pistol, Grady, and Elaborate.

Love That Red is a homebred for owner Terry D. Wells and is currently trained by Bob Baffert. The Pat O'Brien marks the first stakes win for the son of Highland Park -- out of the Circle Home mare Pat's Lady Red -- since he was switched to Baffert's barn earlier this year. While conditioned by Leonard Duncan, Love That Red won several California-bred restricted stakes, as well as the 1999 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) and the 1999 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes.

Love That Red paid $5.20, $3, and $2.40. Cliquot returned $3 and $2.40. Son of a Pistol paid $2.80. The $1 exacta combination was worth $5.50. (Chart, Equibase)

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