Spendthrift Farm's champion filly of 2012 Beholder was “very much in control” in Sunday's $100,000 Torrey Pines S. at Del Mar, cruising to a 2 3/4-length victory as she prepped for her run at a second championship in this autumn's Breeders' Cup.
The one mile Torrey Pines proved little more than a workout as the 3-year-old filly was sent away the prohibitive 1-10 favorite against just four foes. Gary Stevens had her on the front end from the outset, as is her custom, but it was a very controlled pace, with Beholder seeming to have the race at her asking. She pulled away on the second turn without Stevens' urging, coming home comfortably in 1:36.30 on a fast track.
“She was a complete professional today; before the race and during the running. Today I was just a passenger,” explained Stevens. “And this was basically a workout for her. I don’t think distance will be any concern (thinking ahead to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, which is nine furlongs). I don’t think a mile and an eighth will bother her at all. She’s just all class.”
“She ran like we expected her to,” echoed her trainer Richard Mandella. “(S)he’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 Grade 1 Zenyatta S., Sept. 28) at Santa Anita and then the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1, also at Santa Anita, on Nov 1).”
In making her first start since a gallant second-place finish in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, Beholder improved her overall record to 6-3-0 in ten starts. With stakes wins in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), Las Virgenes S. (G1), and Santa Anita Oaks (G1), Beholder has racked up $1,825,000 in purses.