Beholder controlled the pace and held of Grade 1 winner Executiveprivilege to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. (Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire)
By Eric Mitchell, @BH_EMitchell
Beholder wired an eight-horse $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) field, holding off a challenge from favorite Executiveprivilege Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
The daughter of Henny Hughes broke alertly from post 1 on the rail. She led the field through opening fractions of :22.62, :46.47, and 1:11 followed all the way through the first turn and down the backstretch by Kauai Katie and second-choice Executiveprivilege.
At the top of the stretch, Executiveprivilege took up the chase in second place but could not catch Beholder, who won by a length. The final time for the 1 1/16-mile race was 1:43.61.
Beholder had been cross-entered in the six-furlong Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint because trainer Richard Mandella had been concerned she was not setted down well enough coming out of the Del Mar meet.
"When we came from Del Mar, she had just run her third race in the Debutante," said trainer Mandella, of the grade I Del Mar Debutante Stakes. "Consequently, the race the last few days of Del Mar and shipping up to Santa Anita caught up with her mentally and she wouldn't turn off and relax leading up to the Chandelier Stakes (gr. I)." The Chandelier was run at the same 1 1/16-mile distance as the Juvenile Fillies.
Mandella called owner B. Wayne Hughes, owner of Spendthrift, and voiced his concern.
"Immediately, she settled down," Mandella said. He aimed Beholder for a six-furlong allowance race Oct. 4 at Santa Anita to tune her up. "Then it was easy to go for the big money. She never got upset after the race and that was the concern."
The winner was ridden by Garrett Gomez. She was bred by Clarkland Farm in Kentucky. Beholder is out of the stakes winner Leslie's Lady, a daughter of Tricky Creek, and is her dam's second grade I stakes winner. Leslie's Lady is also the dam of Into Mischief.
Into Mischief was owned by Hughes and had been trained by Mandella. He won the CashCall Futurity Stakes (gr. I). He seemed like a potential Derby horse but never got on the trail, requiring additional time. The son of Harlan's Holiday now stands at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky.
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JOCKEY GARRETT GOMEZ CELEBRATES BEHOLDER'S JUVENILE FILLIES WIN
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