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Beholder Complete Standout in Santa Ynez

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly Champion Beholder makes her 2013 debut at Santa Anita on Monday in the Grade II, $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs, and the Kentucky-bred daughter of Henny Hughes looms a complete standout amongst a field of eight 3-year-old fillies.

Trained by Richard Mandella, she was an eye-catching winner of the 1 1/16 miles Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, winning in gate to wire fashion under Garrett Gomez by one-length while earning a Beyer Speed figure of 95.

Beholder has a long, steady series of works on her tab for her return on Monday, including a scintillating five furlong drill of 58.80 on Jan. 4, best of 51 at the distance.

Prior to the Juvenile Fillies (her first try going two turns), Beholder demolished a first-condition allowance field going six furlongs on Oct. 4, winning by 11 lengths and earning a career-high 108 Beyer.

Odds-on to be named Eclipse Champion 2-year-old filly Saturday night, Beholder brings a 5-3-1-0 record and $1,215,000 in earnings to the Santa Ynez. Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, she’ll again be piloted by Gomez, who has been at the controls in all five of her previous starts.

Beholder has the advantage of breaking from the far outside in the Santa Ynez and she’ll have plenty of early speed to contend with.

Trainer Jeff Bonde will send out the ultra-quick Dawn’s Charm, who will break from post three with Edwin Maldonado. A Kentucky-bred filly by Hard Spun, Dawn’s Charm comes off a 10 ¾ length maiden special weight win going 6 ½ furlongs at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 14, earning a 93 Beyer. With Maldonado up, she blazed through fractions of 21.80, 44.40 and 1:09.60 stopping the clock in 1:16.60.

Owned by Michael House, Dawn’s Charm will make her fourth start on Monday and will try to improve upon her record of 3-1-0-0 and earnings of $28,250.

Lady Rosamond, who broke her maiden going 6 ½ furlongs on Nov. 17, comes off a nose allowance defeat at 4-5 going seven furlongs on Dec. 31 and will make her fourth career start Monday with a new rider, Martin Garcia.

Trained by Bob Baffert, the Florida-bred daughter of Keyed Entry will run with out blinkers for the first time on Monday and would hope to benefit from any suicidal pace scenario. She brings a 3-1-2-0 mark and $48,000 in earnings to the Santa Ynez. She is owned by Peachtree Stable.

Trainer John Sadler will send out a pair in the Santa Ynez; Blushing Angel, who was a game maiden special weight winner going six furlongs on Dec. 30, and Imwiththeblonde, a speed merchant who broke her maiden two starts back going 5 ½ furlongs on Oct. 21.

The complete field for the Santa Ynez, to be run as the seventh on a nine-race card on Monday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Small Moves, Victor Espinoza, 119; Blushing Angel, Joe Talamo, 119; Dawn’s Charm, Edwin Maldonado, 119; Lady Rosamond, Martin Garcia, 119; Imwiththeblonde, Juan Hernandez, 119; Renee’s Titan, Tyler Baze, 119; Switch to the Lead, Julien Leparoux, 119, and Beholder, Garrett Gomez, 123.

 

 

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