Full Field of Twelve Set for $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile

Full Field of Twelve Set for $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile

Category : News - Mon 22/12/2014 - 20:21 EST

On Friday at Santa Anita, the stakes action continues on their opening day card with the 15th edition of the Mathis Brothers Mile. Scheduled to be run on the turf at the distance of one mile, the Grade 2 race offers a purse of $200,000 and has drawn a full field of twelve with two additional listed as also-eligible.

Heart to Heart has been installed as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 and will be trying to earn his fourth consecutive victory. Trained by Brian Lynch, the Canadian-bred son of English Channel has won a total of five of his twelve starts and is fresh off of a front-running score in the Commonwealth Turf (G3) as the heavy favorite. He has been training steadily since his last race and will have regular rider Julian Leparoux aboard from post position seven.

Long On Value trying to prove upset win not a fluke

Trainer Bill Mott will saddle the second choice, Long On Value, at 5-1 on the morning line. A sophomore son of Value Plus, the bay colt earned the first graded stakes win of his career last time out with an upset victory in the Twilight Derby (G2). He is going for his third consecutive stakes victory and will be trying for the sixth win of his career. Mike Smith will be aboard replacing the recently-retired Rosie Napravnik and they will break from post ten.

Home Run Kitten trying to regain winning form

Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Home Run Kitten for trainer David Hofmans. A chestnut son of Kitten’s Joy, he is trying to rebound after finishing eleventh in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) in November. He has been training forwardly since that performance and does have four wins from ten starts including a win in the Eddie D (G3) two starts back. Joe Talamo, his regular rider, will be back aboard from post position nine.

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