Law professor passes Brilliant in Santa Anita Mathis Mile E! News UK
In an exciting duel, Jose Ortiz, aboard Law Professor, managed to beat Kent Desormeaux aboard favorite Beyond Brilliant, winning the $ 200,000 Santa Anita Mathis Mile Stakes on Sunday by a half length. Originally patented on turf, the Mathis Mile was one of six opening day races in Arcadia, Calif., The track has moved down to dirt due to heavy rain over the past five days. As a result, Santa Anita Mathis Mile’s result will be reviewed later this week by the American Graded Stakes Committee, which will determine whether the race will remain a Category 2 for statistical purposes.
Trained by law professor Michael McCarthy, who came out of a five-month refresh to rally and earn a first-condition allowance by running a mile on the turf Nov. 27 at Del Mar, was at 4-1 in a field of nine sophomores and paid $ 10.20, $ 4.60 and $ 3.20.
Owned by Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC, the second-rung law professor followed Beyond Brilliant to the far corner and came a quarter-mile closer to home in a hard-earned victory. The law professor, a colt by Constitution, now has three wins out of seven starts and with the winner’s share of $ 120,000 he increased his winnings to $ 226,640.
G1 Hollywood Derby winner in his most recent start, Beyond Brilliant was 7-5 and paid $ 3.20 and $ 2.60 while finishing 8 ½ lengths ahead of Tarantino.
At 8-1 with Juan Hernandez, Tarantino paid $ 5.20 to show.
The fractions on the run were 23.26, 46.65, 1: 10.95 and 1: 23.62.
“I thought he was a lot better than what he showed,” Ortiz said. “When he took the lead he started to wander, he didn’t give me one hundred percent. I think he’s a little better than what he showed today. I was showing my reins to change him and keep his attention. When I did, he responded well, I got his attention and continued to do so on the wire.
“He’s a bit on the hard side,” McCarthy said. “He hasn’t quite got it yet. I thought his last victory at Del Mar was very professional. I was looking forward to running him on the grass today, I also thought about running him on the dirt in Los Alamitos. I thought he had a good break here when he broke his young daughter but he hasn’t got everything in place yet, when he does I think it will be very exciting. It’s great to have a horse as versatile as him, I don’t know yet what that has in store for him, but after what we saw today we can think of giving him a little blinker. We have a lot of options in the game, it’s very exciting.
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