12/22/2015 1:50PM

Mister Brightside gets another shot at Om

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Barbara D. Livingston
Om won the Del Mar Derby and Twilight Derby before finishing third in the Hollywood Derby (above).

After finishing second to Om in the Grade 2 Twilight Derby at Santa Anita on Oct. 24, Mister Brightside appeared to be one of the top contenders for the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar on Nov. 28, but he had a nightmarish trip and finished ninth. Trainer Paddy Gallagher is hoping to avoid a similar trip when Mister Brightside takes on Om and 10 other 3-year-olds in the Grade 2, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile on turf Saturday at Santa Anita.

“Those things happen at Del Mar,” Gallagher said. “It seems like someone always gets a tough trip.”

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Mister Brightside never got an opening in the Hollywood Derby. He was in trouble for much of the race and got stopped in deep stretch while seemingly full of run. After the race, trainer Jeremy Noseda and jockey Kent Desormeaux had a war of words on Twitter. Noseda left the horse with Gallagher, who will now train Mister Brightside. Mike Smith takes over as his rider.

For Mister Brightside to prevail, though, he will have to finally get the best of Om, who is seeking to improve upon his third-place finish as the odds-on favorite in the Hollywood Derby after victories in the Del Mar Derby and Twilight Derby.

The Mathis Brothers Mile is one of two grass stakes on the opening-day card. The turf course has not been raced on for two months, and no turf works have been allowed. With a bit of rain earlier in the week, conditions should be ideal.

The Mathis Brothers Mile is race 6. The first grass race of the meet, race 4, is the Grade 3, $100,000 Daytona, with a full field of 14 older turf sprinters entered to go about 6 1/2 furlongs down the hillside course. The field includes the stakes winners Holy Lute and No Silent.

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KEY CONTENDERS

MATHIS BROTHERS MILE, race 6

Mister Brightside (Beyers: 90-93)

◗ He has a quick turn of foot that should be far more effective going a mile than it was when stretched out to nine furlongs in his two prior starts.

Om (Last 3 Beyers: 97-97-97)

◗ He has found his comfort zone going middle distances on turf, having won three times in five starts and never finishing out of the money.

◗ After a pair of wire-to-wire victories, he was forced into a stalking position last time behind longshot leader Acceptance. Acceptance is back to try again and is drawn inside of Om.


DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 10 Om. Trainer Dan Hendricks is 19-1-2-6 with a $0.23 ROI over the past five years in turf routes in the third start following a layoff. Click for more details. Mike Hogan

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Soul Driver (Last 3 Beyers: 94-87-83)

◗ Like Mister Brightside, he should appreciate the cutback to a mile, the distance at which he scored his last two wins.

Ocho Ocho Ocho (Last 3 Beyers: 86-82-86)

◗ He is making his first start since May, when he was beaten just a length when fourth in the Grade 3 Penn Mile.


DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 11 Ocho Ocho Ocho. Trainer James Cassidy is 17-1-2-5 with a $0.34 ROI over the past five years in turf routes following a layoff of 180 days or more. Click for more details. Mike Hogan


DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 9 Vigilante. Trainer Phil D’Amato is 42-14-3-7 with a $3.72 ROI over the past two years in turf routes in Southern California with last-out winners. Click for more details. Mike Hogan


DAYTONA, race 4

Holy Lute (Last 3 Beyers: 91-72-95)

◗ He has been first or second in all four of his tries on this downhill course and figures to get a great trip behind all the speed lined up for this race.

No Silent (Last 3 Beyers: 87-96-96)

◗ He won the Grade 3 Eddie D on this course Oct. 3 before being compromised by his trip in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

The Great War (Last 3 Beyers: 55-97-88)

◗ Like No Silent, he did not have the best of trips in the BC Turf Sprint, but his two prior grass sprints are both good enough to put him right there against these.

Richard’s Boy (Last 3 Beyers: 98-83-91)

◗ He is unbeaten in four turf sprints, two on this course, and comes off a victory at Del Mar in which he handily defeated Holy Lute.