Thursday, October 4, 2012
Spendthrift LLC's Beholder could be on her way to either the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) or Juvenile Sprint after a devastating display Oct. 4 at Santa Anita Park. The 2-year-old filly ran away from the field to crush her competitors with ease by a effortless 11 lengths.
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Beholder broke from post two in a field of six and carved out fractions of :21.50, :44.02, and :56.09 for the five furlongs, when she was up by seven. She won under a long hold while continuing to draw off in the final eighth mile.
With a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 1, Beholder has already proven she can handle top-class competition. Now it's up to trainer Richard Mandella to determine if his new stable star will go on to the Breeders' Cup in four weeks.
"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."
"She's a really talented filly," said winning rider Garrett 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."
With the winner's share of $30,000, Beholder boosted her earnings to $135,000, with a record of two wins and a second in four starts. Bred by Clarkland Farm, Beholder is out of the stakes winning mare Leslie's Lady. A $180,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase, the bay filly is a half-sister to 2007 CashCall Futurity (G1) winner and Spendthrift stallion Into Mischief.