Ticker
  • Rachel's Temper (3-1) gets the job done in the Summer Colony.Posted 1 day ago
  • Midnight Storm (3-10) holds off Om to win the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile.Posted 2 days ago
  • Camp Creek (26-1) comes from well back to pull the upset in the Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine.Posted 2 days ago
  • Time and Motion (8-5) powers by Catch a Glimpse late in the Lake Placid.Posted 2 days ago
  • California Chrome rolls to victory over Beholder and Dortmund in the Pacific Classic.Posted 3 days ago
  • Ashleyluvssugar (5-2)  just holds off Metaboss in the Del Mar Handicap.Posted 3 days ago
  • Harmonize (7-2) gets there in a blanket finish in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks.Posted 3 days ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gallops to ten in a row with an easy Grade 1 Alabama score.Posted 3 days ago
  • Tourist (5-2) proves best in the Grade 1 Fourstardave.Posted 3 days ago
  • Unbridled Mo (2-1) earns a tough victory in the Monmouth Oaks.Posted 3 days ago

HRN Original Blog:
A New York State of Racing

Beholder Speeds to Victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff

Beholder Distaff 615 X 400
Photo: Don August

 

Trainer Richard Mandella and Jockey Gary Stevens were back in the winner’s circle at Santa Anita Race Track when Beholder ran off to a four and a quarter length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. For Mandella this was his first victory in the Distaff. Ten years ago he won four Breeders’ Cup races at the Great Race Place.

 
Fifty year-old Stevens added to his comeback year by winning his ninth Breeders’ Cup race. He was last victorious in 2000 in the Mile with War Chant.
 
The 2013 Distaff featured the best fillies and mares in the nation with Royal Delta, Princess of Sylmar, Close Hatches, and Beholder. Between them had won 11 grade one races this year. On a racetrack that had been favoring front runners all day long, the battle between the best did not materialize as Beholder made the victory look very easy.
 
At the start of the race Authenticity held the early lead on the rail with Royal Delta just outside of her. Beholder sat on the outside of Royal Delta’s hip. The early fractions were a very reasonable :22.78 and :46.30. After the half mile Royal Delta became to fade without any pressure from rider Mike Smith and at the same time Beholder began to accelerate.
 
After six furlongs in 1:10.28 the race was basically decided. Javier Castellano asked Princess of Sylmar for run, but had got no response. Castellano said, “She stumbled really bad at the gate.  I blame the track.  It’s all speed, speed, speed and unfair to come-from-behind horses. Unfortunatley, she didn’t handle the track at all.  She was spinning her wheels.  Usually at the half-mile pole, she pulls, and today she didn’t pull at all.”
 
Mandella talked about Beholder’s performance, “We trained her this way (to run from off the pace.)  We’ve just never had to use it before.  She’s so naturally fast, you don’t have to train that into her and she’s made the lead so easily in many of her races.  Today, she had to come from off of it and she did it – and boy do I love it.  I’ve been lucky enough to have many good mares in my years of training, but this mare might have to be the best of all.”
 
After Beholder’s very impressive win in the Distaff the only question that remains is whether today she also won the three year filly championship.

 

comments powered by Disqus

Older Comments about Beholder Speeds to Victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff...

no question..........hands down.....3yr old Champion filly

Related Pages

Connect With Matt (AndyScoggin)
Find 

Me On Facebook
Follow Me On Twitter
 Meet Matt Shifman 
 
 

Matt Shifman has been on the Horse Racing Nation staff since 2011 and currently serves as Assistant Editor. Matt covers Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, and Saratoga in his two HRN blogs Racing at the Jersey Shore and New York State of Racing.

 

Matt’s articles and tweets frequently appear in the America’s Best Racing weekly Notebook. In 2012 he became a voter in the NTRA weekly polls for the Top Thoroughbred and Top Three-Year-Old.

 

The best way to get to know Matt is to check out some of his favorite articles from the past couple years.


• Preakness Interview with Trainer Todd Pletcher


• Kentucky Derby 2016 Handicapping Tips from A to Z

   

• Edison: the Travels of a Million Dollar Colt 


• A Kentucky Derby Field with Just 14 Horses


• What is the Best Kentucky Derby Running Style?

 

 

Related Stories

Top Stories