Beyond Brilliant and Du Jour to square off in the Grade II Mathis Mile at Santa Anita

December 21, 2021

Trainer John Shirreffs’ Beyond Brilliant and Bob Baffert’s Du Jour head a field of nine sophomores going a mile on turf in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Anita Mathis Mile, one of six graded stakes on an 11-race Opening Day card at The Great Race Place.

In what was the best race of his career, Beyond Brilliant controlled the pace throughout en route to taking the Grade I Hollywood Derby at a mile and one eighth on turf Nov. 27 at Del Mar.  Off at 10-1 in a field of 14, Beyond Brilliant, who was a close third two starts back in the Grade II Twilight Derby here on Oct. 31, has now won two out of his last three races–all with Kent Desormeaux, who rides back on Sunday.

A bay colt by Twirling Candy, Beyond Brilliant is owned by Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable LLC and is 9-3-2-2 with earnings of $381,280.

Originally trained by Baffert, Du Jour was sent to trainer Bill Mott to run in the Grade I Belmont Derby July 10, a race in which he finished fourth.  Subsequently third in the Grade I Saratoga Derby Aug. 7, he was most recently a dull eighth as the 9-5 favorite in the ungraded Dueling Downs Derby going          1 5/16 miles on turf Sept. 5 at Kentucky Downs.  Following that race, Du Jour was returned to Baffert at Santa Anita and the bay colt by Temple City has a series of six drills, all on Santa Anita’s inner training track, for his return.

Twin Creeks Racing’s homebred Law Professor comes off a sharp off the pace win in a first condition allowance going one mile on turf Nov. 27 at Del Mar and appears to have found a home on the grass.  Trained by Michael McCarthy, this gelding by Constitution earned an 85 Beyer in his most recent start and should get a lively pace to run at on Sunday.

THE GRADE II SANTA ANITA MATHIS MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGTHS IN POST POSITION ORDER

Race 7 of 11   Approximate post time 2 p.m. PT

  1. None Above the Law–Joe Bravo–124
  2. Tarantino–Juan Hernandez–120
  3. Airman–Umberto Rispoli–120
  4. Zoffarelli–Drayden Van Dyke–122
  5. Cane Creek Road–Victor Espinoza–120
  6. Flashiest–Abel Cedillo–122
  7. Du Jour–Flavien Prat–122
  8. Beyond Brilliant–Kent Desormeaux–124
  9. Law Professor–Jose Ortiz–120

Santa Anita Press Release

Photo: Benoit Photography

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