ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2017)–Just when it looked like four-time Eclipse Champion Jockey Javier Castellano had slowed down the pace enough to steal Tuesday’s Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) with longshot Kroy, Kent Desormeaux had another card to play, as he angled out with Bowies Hero in deep stretch and won in-hand by a half length aboard second choice Bowies Hero. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Bowies Hero got the distance in 1:33.46.
Third at the rail, about two lengths off the lead with three furlongs to run, Bowies Hero appeared full of run and easily blew by B Squared and Mario Gutierrez turning for home in pursuit of the pacesetter.
Most recently a close fifth going a mile and one eighth on turf in the Grade I Hollywood Derby Nov. 25, Bowies Hero was off at 3-1 in a field of eight sophomores and paid $8.80, $5.00 and $3.20.
Owned by Agave Racing Stable, Bowies Hero notched his first graded stakes win while winning for the fifth time in 11 career starts. A Kentucky-bred colt by turf specialist Artie Schiller, Bowies Hero picked up $120,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $381,325.
Ridden by Castellano for the first time, Kroy, a Florida-bred by top sprinter by The Factor, shipped west from Gulfstream Park West for his Southern California and graded stakes debut. Off at 7-1, he paid $7.60 and $4.60.
Ridden by Flavien Prat, Big Score, who finished 3 ¼ lengths behind Kroy, was off as the 8-5 favorite and paid $2.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.54, 47.09, 1:10.49 and 1:21.86.