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Beholder Scorches Her Way into Breeders’ Cup Fray

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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.

Under Garrett Gomez, she completed the six furlongs in 1:09.00, the fastest clocking of the Autumn Meet which kicked off on Friday. Beholder was second, beaten a nose, in her most recent star in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 1.

“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 for me.

“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.”

Beholder/Benoit photo