Indianapolis, In. — After receiving support in the House and Senate, Republican state representative from Greensburg Randy Frye’s legislation calling for more oversight for Indiana’s Military Family Relief Fund could soon become law.The fund is a dedicated account that receives money through donations and the purchase of veteran license plates like “Support the Troops.” Those eligible for emergency grants through the fund include deployed or recently deployed Indiana National Guard Members and members of the Selected Reserves. These emergency grants may be used by families to assist in food, housing, utilities, medical services and transportation expenses.“We saw the need to put guidelines in statute ensuring fair and equal distribution of grant funds to all qualified veterans in need of assistance,” Frye said. “This legislation puts guardrails in place to ensure the fund is handled with accountability and transparency.”Frye said employees of the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs would have to submit their requests for assistance from the fund to the Indiana Veteran’s Affairs Commission, which consists of seven members appointed by the governor.According to Frye, this assistance could not exceed $2,500 for each application to ensure that funds are distributed fairly. However in rare cases, the Indiana Veterans’ Affairs Commission could increase that amount.House Enrolled Act 1257 is now eligible for action by the governor. For more information, click here.
MO FORZA & NEPTUNE’S STORM HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 MATHIS BROTHERS MILE (TURF), WHICH HAS ATTRACTED A FIELD OF 11 SOPHOMORESMATHIS IS ONE OF SIX GRADED STAKES ON POWERFUL OPENING DAY CARD SATURDAY, FIRST POST TIME IS SET FOR 11 A.M.ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2019)–Bred and owned in-part by former trainer Barry Abrams, Mo Forza, a Kentucky-bred colt by Uncle Mo out of the Unusual Heat mare Inflamed, looms the horse to beat in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) at Santa Anita.The Mathis Brothers Mile, which has attracted a field of 11 three-year-olds, also includes the Richard Baltas-trained Neptune’s Storm, who has been narrowly defeated by the top choice in his last two starts, Zayat Stables’ nearly unbeaten Bob and Jackie and trainer Leonard Powell’s French-bred Proud Pedro.MO FORZAOwner: Bardy Farm & OG BossTrainer: Peter MillerWith all eight of his lifetime starts coming on grass, Mo Forza broke his maiden at a mile on turf here three starts back on Sept. 29. Off at 18-1 in the Grade II Twilight Derby going 1 1/8 miles on turf Nov. 2, he pressed the pace and prevailed by 1 ¾ lengths. The 5-2 favorite in the Grade I Hollywood Derby at Del Mar Nov. 30, he kept Neptune’s Storm at bay late to win by three quarters of length and is thus strictly the horse to beat on Saturday.NEPTUNE’S STORMOwner: CYBT, Gevertz, Gitomer, et alTrainer: Richard BaltasIn what has been an incredible year, this Kentucky-bred colt by Stormy Atlantic has never been off the board in 10 starts, winning four, while second or third three times each. A three quarter length winner going 1 1/8 miles on turf three starts back in the Grade II Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont Park Oct. 5, he was third beaten two lengths by Mo Forza in the Grade II Twilight Derby and nearly scored in gate to wire fashion while second to “Mo” in the Grade I Hollywood Derby.THE GRADE II MATHIS BROTHERS MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 10 of 11 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTSash–Drayden Van Dyke–120Originaire–Umberto Rispoli–120Ocean Fury–Flavien Prat–120Never Easy–Rafael Bejarano–120Mo Forza–Joel Rosario–124Neptune’s Storm–Abel Cedillo–124Kingly–Mario Gutierrez–122Proud Pedro–Tyler Baze–120Barristan The Bold–Javier Castellano–120Loafers Boy–Tiago Pereira–120Bob and Jackie–Heriberto Figueroa–122Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11 a.m. Admission gates will open at 9 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.