In another dominating performance, Beholder was simply too much for her foes in the $250,000 Zenyatta S. (G1) Saturday at Santa Anita Park, punching her ticket for the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1) Nov. 1, also at the southern California track.
Facing older horses for the first time in her career, the Spendthrift colorbearer went right to the front as usual under Gary Stevens. The Hall-of-fame rider dictated the pace, and after six furlongs in 1:11.28 without any pressure, the race was basically decided. Beholder widened her lead in the lane, then coasted under the wire in 1:42.11.
“They (trainer Richard Mandella's crew) have done such a good job with her, she’s really matured from what I’ve seen just being a fan of hers and then being able to ride her right now. I just try and stay out of her way. When she swaps leads coming off the turn she lunges and it’s like she covers two lengths of what a normal stride is. I haven’t got close to the bottom of her yet.”
"I'm very proud of her," said Mandella. "She's a filly that really likes the fight, and it comes out when the race is run. She'll go in the Distaff after this."
In her next start, Beholder will try to capture her second straight Breeders' Cup race. Her win in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) capped off a terrific season that earned her and Eclipse Award as Champion 2-year-old Filly.