The Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile Stakes will run as Race 4 on the Dec. 26 card at Santa Anita Park.
The event for 3-year-olds will cover one mile on turf and include names like Smooth Like Strait, Field Pass, and Whisper Not among the field of seven.
Here is a look at the top runners set for the Mathis Brothers Mile Stakes.
Betting Preview: Smooth Like Strait, Field Pass
The field is being led by the morning line favorite Smooth Like Strait, coming in at 8/5. The Midnight Lute colt is owned by Cannon Thoroughbreds and trained by Michael McCarthy.
He has a career record of 5-2-1 from 11 starts and earnings of $457,823. In 2020, he has three wins and two seconds from six outings.
Last time out, he finished second in the Nov. 28 Hollywood Derby (G1) at Del Mar, where he registered a 110 Speed Figure. His victories include the Oct. 18 Twilight Derby (G2) at Santa Anita, the Aug. 9 La Jolla Handicap (G3) at Del Mar, and the May 23 War Chant Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Smooth Like Strait will break from post 5 under jockey Umberto Rispoli.
One of his biggest challenges will come from the 5/2 Field Pass, owned by Three Diamonds Farm. The Lemon Drop Kid colt is trained by Michael Maker.
He is 6-2-3 from 15 career starts with earnings of $553,893. His 2020 runs include five wins and three thirds from nine outings.
The colt won last time out in the Nov. 21 Ontario Derby (G3) at Woodbine, registering a 108 Speed Figure. He also took third in the Oct. 18 Twilight Derby and third in the Sept. 5 American Turf Stakes at Churchill. His other victories include the July 12 Kentucky Utilities Transylvania Stakes (G3) at Keeneland and the June 20 Audubon Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Field Pass will break from post 6 under rider Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Betting Preview: Whisper Not
Another impressive runner among the field is the 5/1 Whisper Not, owned by Christopher Dunn and Jeremy Peskoff. The Poet’s Voice colt is trained by Richard Baltas.
He has a career record of 2-1-0 from six starts and earnings of $19,892. His 2020 runs include two wins and one second from four outings.
His most-recent performance was a runner-up effort in a Nov. 29 allowance optional claiming race at Del Mar, where he registered a 116 Speed Figure. He also scored a July 31 handicap race at Lingfield and a July 23 maiden weight for age race at Pontefract.
Whisper Not will break from post 1 under rider Joel Rosario.
The rest of the field (post, morning line) is set to include: Strongconstitution (Post 2, 12/1); Storm the Court (Post 3, 8/1); Heywoods Beach (Post 4, 12/1); and Scarto (Post 7, 4/1).
Free Betting Pick
Field Pass has a good shot at taking this one. The three-time graded winner based in Kentucky will be motivated to overcome Smooth Like Strait after losing to the colt by 2 1/4 lengths two starts back. He is coming into the race in good shape following a one length win going 1 1/8 miles.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Field Pass
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