08/16/2016 11:00AM

Beholder looks ready in final drill for Pacific Classic

Shigeki Kikkawa
Beholder will attempt to defend her title in Saturday's Grade 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Beholder, the defending race winner of the Pacific Classic, will need to be at her best to face the likes of California Chrome and Dortmund in this year's Pacific Classic on Saturday at Del Mar, but she gave off every indication Tuesday morning that she's ready for a top effort in the Grade 1, $1 million race when she polished off a half-mile in 47 seconds without any appreciable effort.

It was a foggy morning at Del Mar, and when Beholder emerged from the fog at 6:30 a.m. under exercise rider Janeen Painter she was breezing. Clockers high above the grandstand worked in tandem with their spotter on the backside to properly time the work from the start. Beholder looked as though she was going in about 50 seconds; she made 47 look that easy.

"Oh boy, oh man," Painter said, breaking into a wide grin, as she greeted trainer Richard Mandella back at the barn.

"I couldn't clock it so you're not in trouble," Mandella said, laughing.

After observing the way Beholder came back from the drill, Mandella remarked, "She's pretty content with herself."

"She looked good to me," Mandella said. "She didn't need to do much. The one thing I told Janeen was to make sure no one was buzzing off around her. If she started the work at the half, or the three-eighth's, or the quarter, I didn't care. It all worked out. She found a spot by herself. She had her serious work the other day. She didn't need anything more serious than this.

"The last four or five days leading to the race we just want her mellowed out, into that groove we had before," Mandella said.

Entries for the Pacific Classic were due Tuesday morning, and posts were to be drawn early Tuesday evening at a party at a local restaurant.

Jo Jo Diddly Jackson More than 1 year ago
I'll be damned, she lookin sharp.
ProXstream Gaming More than 1 year ago
Interested to see the entries.   Fast pace might set it up for someone that nobody is talking about.  Chrome should be tough to beat, however, with that ability to secure a perfect trip. 
Hector Quintero More than 1 year ago
Mandela, Pacific Classic.
Hector Quintero More than 1 year ago
BeHolder,Wire 2 Wire..Go Baby Go.
Scott More than 1 year ago
most interested to see how Dortmund runs....everyone saying how beholder wasn't cranked, what about Dortmund last race??
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
That second turn pace is going to be quick
David Porco More than 1 year ago
Beholder is ready to run this time, she is now ready to beat Chrome this weekend, and Dortmund. She was not cranked up near 100% in her last race. But she is ready now.
Scott Samuel More than 1 year ago
I truly hope she runs and does not scratch at the last minute.  It will not only be great for horse racing if she runs, but it will also help out my pocketbook as California Chrome will beat her by 5 and he should be a decent price with her in there.
Terri Bey More than 1 year ago
Glad to see that Beholder's ready to roll.