Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder will try to become one of a select few horses to win two different Breeders' Cup races when she goes postward in Friday's $2 million Distaff (G1) at Santa Anita Park.
Named the 2-year-old filly champion of 2012 after her stellar win in the Juvenile Fillies (G1), Beholder will face just five foes in this year's Distaff. The field may be small, but is full of top talent such as Royal Delta, who won the past two runnings of this race; two-time Grade 1 winner in 2013 in Close Hatches; and Princess of Sylmar, who has won four straight Grade 1's including a half-length win over Beholder in the Kentucky Oaks.
Nevertheless, trainer Richard Mandella is confident in his filly, who drew post five.
"I'm happy because I didn't want the number 1," said Mandella after the draw. "Not that it would have been a big problem, but she's aggressive and better off with an option (of being on the outside)."
In six starts at Santa Anita, Beholder has won five races -- four of them Grade 1 events -- and finished second the other time, her first out of this year. Gary Stevens, who was aboard for her dominating win in the Grade 1 Zenyatta S. on Sept. 28, will ride on Friday.
The Distaff is race 10 on Friday, with a scheduled post of 7:35 pm ET.