Beholder, a 2-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Henny Hughes,
demolished a first-condition allowance field at Santa Anita Thursday, winning
by 11 lengths while completing the six furlong distance in 1:09.00, the fastest
clocking of the Autumn Meet which kicked off on Friday.
Second, beaten a nose, in her most recent start, the Grade
I Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 1, Beholder was once again ridden by Garrett
“She’s a really talented filly,” said
Gomez. “My biggest concern today was keeping her relaxed. She kind of
got away from me the other day at Del
Mar, but today she settled into a nice stride and she ran a really good race
“When I came back (to the winner’s circle) I
wanted to see the time. When I saw 44 (half mile time) and 1:09
flat—that’s a top filly.”
Owned by Spendthrift Farm and trained by Hall of Famer
Richard Mandella, Beholder broke from the number two post position in a field
of six and carved out fractions of 21.50, 44.02, 56.09.
Following the race, Mandella noted his filly could run next
in either the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint against males, or in
the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at 1 1/16 miles, both of
which will be run on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.
“Depending on how she acts next week, we’ll
make a decision,” said Mandella. “She cruised along so easy today
it’s just amazing. Garrett said he felt like he could do whatever he
wanted to with her, so we’ll wait and see.”
Off at odds of 3-5, Beholder paid $3.20, $2.10 and $2.10.
With the winner’s share of $50,350, she boosted her earnings to $155,350
from a 4-2-1-0 record.
Mechaya, the second choice at 8-5, paid $2.20 and $2.10
with Martin Garcia aboard.
Wildcat Angie and Martin Pedroza were another 6 ¾ lengths
back in third, paying $3.60 to show.