MO FORZA & NEPTUNE’S STORM HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 MATHIS BROTHERS MILE (TURF), WHICH HAS ATTRACTED A FIELD OF 11 SOPHOMORES
MATHIS IS ONE OF SIX GRADED STAKES ON POWERFUL OPENING DAY CARD SATURDAY, FIRST POST TIME IS SET FOR 11 A.M.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2019)–Bred and owned in-part by former trainer Barry Abrams, Mo Forza, a Kentucky-bred colt by Uncle Mo out of the Unusual Heat mare Inflamed, looms the horse to beat in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) at Santa Anita.
The Mathis Brothers Mile, which has attracted a field of 11 three-year-olds, also includes the Richard Baltas-trained Neptune’s Storm, who has been narrowly defeated by the top choice in his last two starts, Zayat Stables’ nearly unbeaten Bob and Jackie and trainer Leonard Powell’s French-bred Proud Pedro.
Owner: Bardy Farm & OG Boss
Trainer: Peter Miller
With all eight of his lifetime starts coming on grass, Mo Forza broke his maiden at a mile on turf here three starts back on Sept. 29. Off at 18-1 in the Grade II Twilight Derby going 1 1/8 miles on turf Nov. 2, he pressed the pace and prevailed by 1 ¾ lengths. The 5-2 favorite in the Grade I Hollywood Derby at Del Mar Nov. 30, he kept Neptune’s Storm at bay late to win by three quarters of length and is thus strictly the horse to beat on Saturday.
Owner: CYBT, Gevertz, Gitomer, et al
Trainer: Richard Baltas
In what has been an incredible year, this Kentucky-bred colt by Stormy Atlantic has never been off the board in 10 starts, winning four, while second or third three times each. A three quarter length winner going 1 1/8 miles on turf three starts back in the Grade II Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont Park Oct. 5, he was third beaten two lengths by Mo Forza in the Grade II Twilight Derby and nearly scored in gate to wire fashion while second to “Mo” in the Grade I Hollywood Derby.
THE GRADE II MATHIS BROTHERS MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 10 of 11 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT
- Sash–Drayden Van Dyke–120
- Originaire–Umberto Rispoli–120
- Ocean Fury–Flavien Prat–120
- Never Easy–Rafael Bejarano–120
- Mo Forza–Joel Rosario–124
- Neptune’s Storm–Abel Cedillo–124
- Kingly–Mario Gutierrez–122
- Proud Pedro–Tyler Baze–120
- Barristan The Bold–Javier Castellano–120
- Loafers Boy–Tiago Pereira–120
- Bob and Jackie–Heriberto Figueroa–122
Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11 a.m. Admission gates will open at 9 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.