The Monrovia drew a small but select field Sunday. One of the
“select” is Byrama, an English-bred filly who captured the Unzip Me at
about 6 ½ furlongs on turf, the same conditions scheduled for the Grade
II Monrovia for older fillies and mares.
“She’s training really well,” said trainer Simon Callaghan.
“Although it’s six runners, it’s a very competitive, tough race.
Mizdirection’s going to be tough, as are Broken Dreams and Kindle.
They’re good, solid horses. Kindle will go to the lead, and we’re a
slightly deeper closer. It’s a very intriguing race, but she’s training
great, so we’re hopeful.”
Morning line favorite Mizdirection, fresh off victory against the
boys in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, seeks her second
straight Monrovia triumph. A winner last year under Garrett Gomez, who
rides Broken Dreams Sunday, Mizdirection is owned in part by sports-talk
superstar Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing and trained by Mike Puype.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith rides Mizdirection Sunday. He has never been beaten on her in three tries.
The field for the Monrovia: Curvey Cat, Corey Nakatani, 15-1;
Byrama, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Kindle, Edwin Maldonado, 5-2; Givine,
Tyler Baze, 15-1; Broken Dreams, Garrett Gomez, 7-2; and Mizdirection,
Mike Smith, 6-5.