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Beholder Dominates Torrey Pines

In one of two supporting features on the 11-race Sunday program at Del Mar, Spendthrift Farm’s classy Beholder made her first start since May 3 when she lost the Kentucky Oaks by a half-length to Princess of Sylmar, cruising to a 2 ¾ length victory in the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes.

Beholder went to the front from the gate and never seriously was threatened by her four three-year-old filly opponents, winning in hand under Gary Stevens in 1:36.30 for the mile on the main track.

“She was a complete professional today; before the race and during the running," said jockey Gary Stevens. "Richard (trainer Richard Mandella) and his crew have done a fine job with her. This is the fourth time I’ve been on her (counting morning works). She’s been working well and against some good horses in the morning. That mile the other day (1:38.80, Aug. 21) was a really good move. Today I was just a passenger. And this was basically a workout for her. I don’t think distance will be any concern (thinking ahead to the Breeders’ Cup and the B.C. Distaff, which is nine furlongs). I don’t think a mile and an eighth will bother her at all. I don’t think a mile and a quarter will bother her. She’s just all class.”

Beholder, a daughter of Henny Hughes trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, went postward at 1-5 and returned $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10 after scoring her sixth victory in ten starts. First money was $60,000 increased the filly’s earnings to $1,825,000. She won an Eclipse Award in 2012 as champion two-year-old filly after capturing the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita.

“She ran like we expected her to," said Mandella. "This is horse racing; sometimes it can look too easy and everything goes wrong. But she’s a beautiful animal. I didn’t really have any moment of worry. She was very much in control and she does everything so easy. We’ll look at (the Zenyatta) at Santa Anita and then the Breeders’ Cup Distaff."

Wittgenstein finished second and paid $6.80 and $3.80, while Charlie Em was third at $2.60.

As a result of strong wagering to show on Beholder,  there was a minus pool of $94,862 as well as a small minus place pool of $1,161.

Deborah McAnally’s Charm the Maker, winless since she was a two-year-old in 2011, rediscovered the winner’s circle with a half-length triumph in the $95,440 Adoration Stakes for older fillies and mares.

Charm the Maker, sent to the gate at 6-1, took command in midstretch under jockey Joe Talamo to defeat Hard to Resist, with Via Villaggio third in a field of seven.

Charm the Maker, a four-year-old daughter of Empire Maker  trained by the owner’s husband, Hall of Famer Ron McAnally, ran the mile on the main track in 1:35.47 and paid $14.20 while receiving first money of $56,640.

With no perfect tickets in Sunday’s Pick Six, Del Mar’s Labor Day Monday program will featured a carryover of $297,538. First race post time will be 2 p.m., with the Pick Six presented on the sixth through the eleventh races.

Sunday’s attendance was 18,698.



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