Proud of her today. Ran a hugely respectable race and easily fended off the other horse(s) some people said she couldn't handle. Honestly, I couldn't believe the amount of people saying she would finish off the board, but then again in the biggest races of her career so far she's always been some sort of underdog - 9/1 in the Kentucky Oaks, 3rd choice in the BC Distaff. Can't wait to see how she will wrap up her sterling career. A mare for the ages.
I wouldn't say a mouse. Sure she lost the Kentucky Oaks, she threw a tantrum in the post parade and still ran her heart out, just got beat by then-upstart 38-1 Princess of Sylmar. As a reigning Eclipse champ she went off at 9-1 yet she finished ahead of Dreaming of Julia, heavily favored and truly overrated and a slew of nice fillies. Injured in the Ogden Phipps yet still beaten only a length and had as good a shot as any in the lane. She loses and people act as if she was outdistanced when describing it, despite the fact that she always turns in a good effort.
He did say exactly that. I read the Bloodhorse write-up and he said he was surprised she was sticking with them. He just misjudged, as many people seemingly did, how good Stellar Wind is.
Yes, but I would still consider her a viable win candidate. This was a good tightener for her and if her workouts continue to be excellent, as they always are, she's got as good a shot to win. Plus, after watching the replay a few times, it feels like this may have been viewed as a prep more than anything as Stevens didn't scrub her for as long as Espinoza did on Stellar Wind who was cranked for this. Stevens' comment that he was surprised they were keeping up is a bit telling that he was overconfident today and was just coasting. Really though, they both ran an excellent race.
I wouldn't be too hasty with that type of declaration. It's not as though Beholder folded fast when headed, she fought to the wire and honestly it looked as though Stevens wasn't asking her for everything, it felt like he rode this as a prep, possibly for the Pacific Classic?
This wasn't a Royal Delta type performance, where her runs in the '13 Beldame & Distaff, as a 5yo, you could see she lost her edge, as the person below out it that was the changing of the guard, there from Royal Delta to Beholder, Close Hatches & Princess of Sylmar.
I'm certain Beholder isn't done yet.
I think Beholder might. He never really rode her until the last 1/8 Or 1/16 which makes me wonder if he was just riding this as a prep for it, while underestimating Stellar Wind.
Certainly not. When Espinoza ranged outside of her I thought he was going to let her rip, but he really didn't until too late, Stellar Wind was already empowered. Aside from that, this one may just be me, but I thought Beholder's break looked a bit awkward, she hopped out of the gate a bit off and to the side but that was from the pan angle not head on so it may just be speculation on my end. Not looking for an excuse, they both ran great.
I agree, they seemed confident with Stellar Wind today. I wonder if this was a prep for Beholder for the possible bigger assignment in 3 weeks which is why Stevens didn't push her as much. I do think it is good that she faced some adversity from a quality rival.
Hard-earned and well deserved win. She gave it get all the whole way and didn't stop fighting for the win. Terrific race.
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