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
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
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.