'Flag Heads Speedy Line-up in Pat O'Brien BC

(from Del Mar notes)
Nine speed-burners, headed by Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) winner Unfurl the Flag, are set to run Sunday in the $300,000 Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at 7 furlongs.

The Pat O'Brien is the fourth race on the Pacific Classic Day's 10-race card.

A California-bred Bertrando gelding, the 5-year-old Unfurl the Flag won the Triple Bend at Hollywood Park by two lengths. He pulled away in the stretch to stop the clock in 1:20 4/5. David Bernstein trains Unfurl the Flag, a winner of six of 18 races and earnings of $520,408 in his career. Corey Nakatani returns to the saddle on the 119-pound top weight.

The O'Brien marks McCann's Mojave's third start for trainer Patrick Gallagher. The 5-year-old son of Memo won the Ack Ack Handicap at Hollywood Park and followed that with a third-place finish in the Triple Bend.

"He's training real good," said Gallagher, who took over training of the horse in April following the Santa Anita meet. "When I got him from Leonard Dorfman, he was in good shape and he's trained very well since then."

Among the starters is a two-horse entry – Pt's Grey Eagle and Bear in the Woods – owned by J. Paul Reddam and trained by Craig Dollase.

After leading much of the way in Del Mar's San Diego Handicap (gr. II), Bear in the Woods faded to fourth, but was beaten only 2 ¾ lengths. He ran second in the Triple Bend prior to that.

Pt's Grey Eagle is winless in four starts this year, but turned in a solid 2004 topped by a victory in Oak Tree-at-Santa Anita's Ancient Title Handicap (gr. I) that sent him into the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). He finished eighth, beaten less than four lengths.

$300,000 Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), 3 & up, 7 furlongs
PP, Horse, Weight
1. Hasty Kris, 116, Rene Douglas
2. Gotaghostofachance, 114, Jon Court
3. Beau Soleil, 114, Kent Desormeaux
4. Pt's Grey Eagle, 114, Patrick Valenzuela
5. McCann's Mojave, 117, Jose Valdivia, Jr.
6. Imperialism, 117, Victor Espinoza
7. Unfurl the Flag, 119, Corey Nakatani
8. Bear in the Woods, 113, Alex Bisono
9. Taste of Paradise, 115, Martin Pedroza