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Updated on 11/05/2012 4:30PM
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies: Beholder rewards Mandella with victory
ARCADIA, Calif. - As usual, Richard Mandella made the right call.
Faced with the options of running the speedy Beholder in the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint or the $2 million Juvenile Fillies, Mandella went for the Juvenile Fillies.
He and owner B. Wayne Hughes were rewarded for that decision when Beholder, ridden by Garrett Gomez, scored a one-length front-running victory over Executiveprivilege in the Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita.
It was 4 1/2 lengths back to Dreaming of Julia in third. She was followed in the order of finish by Kauai Katie, Spring in the Air, Broken Spell, Renee's Queen, and Almost an Angel.
It was the seventh Breeders' Cup victory for the Hall of Famer Mandella, all coming at his home track, Santa Anita. It was his third win in the Juvenile Fillies. He won this race in 1993 with Phone Chatter and in 2003 with Halfbridled.
It was the first stakes victory for Beholder, complicating the picture for the 2-year-old filly championship. Twenty-four of the previous 28 Juvenile Fillies winners have been crowned champion.
Executiveprivilege, who had won four stakes, including the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante over Beholder, suffered her first loss in six career starts.
"Quite frankly, as a prejudiced point of view I consider her the best 2-year-old filly in the country and maybe the world," Hughes said of Beholder.
She certainly was the best on this day, facing three undefeated fillies including Dreaming of Julia and Kauai Katie.
Breaking from the rail under Gomez, Beholder made the lead entering the first turn running a quarter in 22.62 seconds. She was pursued by Kauai Katie through a half-mile in 46.47 seconds.
Around the turn, Gomez tried to open up on the field, but Rafael Bejarano, on Executiveprivilege was on the move along the inside. Turning for home Executiveprivilege got through and seemed to be gaining on Beholder, but she drifted out.
Meanwhile, Beholder maintained a straight path and got to the wire first. Beholder, a daughter of Henny Hughes, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.61 and returned $9.80 to win.
"I tried to start putting them away before we turned for home, kind of stretched them out. She pinned her ears at me, and I said 'Oh, no,' " Gomez said. "I thought she was going to hit a wall on me."
Gomez said when Executiveprivilege "run outside of her, she kind of kicked into another gear. She impressed me today."
Mandella said that earlier this summer Beholder did not act mentally like a filly who could get a distance of ground. But when she returned to Santa Anita from Del Mar, she started to "settle down," Mandella said. After winning a six-furlong allowance race by 11 lengths, Beholder remained settled, making it "an easy decision to go for the big money," Mandella said. "She never got upset after the race and that was the concern."
For Executiveprivilege, it was her first loss in six career starts. She had overcome drifting out to beat Beholder in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante, but she couldn't overcome that on Saturday.
"I was in a little tight at the three-eighths pole, I came through finally, but I never thought [Beholder] was going to get tired, she was still running," Bejarano said.
Wow!! Beholder lone speed the oldest trick in the book in that JUVENILE FILLIES!! Executiveprivlege drifted out and needs more experience to be better and run straight. Kauai Katie should've ran in the Juv. Sprint in the 1st place. Dreaming of Julia used her Frizette as running it hard since she had to earn it. Kind of disappointing that Spring in the Air didn't win and certainly may not be a regular dirt horse. I think the 2 year old filly division is a bit tough because Beholder won it and Executiveprivilege didn't win but she did more than Beholder in stakes wise. So it'll be interesting to see what the voters decide. Executiveprivilege IMO is learning how to run and will get better with each and every start. Give credit to Garrett Gomez for being lone speed on Beholder. Nice to Richard Mandella getting it done. Garrett Gomez ride on Beholder was the best ride of the Friday action.
BTW this is an big one, and all previous races are very minor to this big one, proven that beholder is the best, she should been rewarded
It gives an full second advantage in any given race. So acting as the americans, means you are in the same position.
no lasix no problem.the best horses do win with out the aid of lasix.and nobody bled,the world didnt come unstuck.to the lasix defenders i have one question,if lasix is just for bleeding why do the euros who have run multiple times without it around the world use it when they come to the states.obviously their horses dont need it for bleeding.some have 30 starts with out the stuff and no bleeding,yet as soon as they step on our shores they go for lasix obviously not because of bleeding but to be able to do what american trainers do.as for the filly beholder shes a champ.
Congratulations to Beholder on a lovely victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies race. Friday was her day. She has lost to Executiveprivilege in the past, Friday was her day, though. Garrett Gomez did an excellent job piloting her Friday. Congratulations to him, Mr. Mandella and her connections on this win. Beholder has a nice future ahead of her. Executiveprivilege, this was just not her day today. Most horses lose a race here or there along the way during a year. She's an incredible, outstanding horse, with an incredible record that should never be discounted when it comes to awards time. Six victories in a year is nothing to sneeze at all. We have quite a rivalry going into year's racing, an exciting one that should be embraced by all fans. The landscape will probably change again before the Kentucy Oaks/Kentucky Derby rolls around, with other horses rising and peaking by the first week in May. I look forward to seeing these two outstanding fillies being there as well as a contingent of others as well. Looks like excellent racing ahead!
Executive Privelege is nice. But in all fairness Beholder should get the Eclipse. Just like Hansen and Union Rags last year. Fair is fair all politics aside. Breeders Cup always the goal.
Pressed post too soon. Beholder may very well end up being the better of the two, but EP still has the better race record of 2012 assuming they are both done for the year.
That drifting may very well have changed the outcome of this race and Baffert knew it while watching. Shame. Still, Executive Privilege has the best race record having won 2 grade I's and 1 grade 3 ending the year 5 for 6. Beholder did win the Juvenile Fillies, but that is her only stakes win & she has been beaten twice by EP in three confrontations & presumably ends the year 3 for 5. The BC is important, but it cannot eclipse all that occurred before. Beholder
Fantastic performance from a very talented filly with a terrific high cruising speed. Answered the distance question calling on the dam side (half to Into Mischief) and hopefully she continues maturing because she could become one of the really special ones as a three year old. Showed some impressive toughness digging in when challenged down the lane. Great to see world class trainer Richard Mandella rewarded and also Mr. Hughes for all he contributes to the industry. Best to all going forward!