Updated on 10/29/2012 5:28PM

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies: Newcomers Beholder, Kauai Katie draw inside and outside posts in eight-horse field

Barbara D. Livingston
Kauai Katie , left, works in company with Turbulent Descent on Oct. 21. Kauai Katie will try two turns for the first time in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Already billed as an East versus West showdown between Dreaming of Julia and Executiveprivilege, the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies picked up two major players from both coasts Monday morning.

Kauai Katie, undefeated in three starts, and Beholder, she of the 108 Beyer Speed Figure earned in a six-furlong allowance race at Santa Anita on Oct. 4, entered the eight-horse Juvenile Fillies field Monday afternoon. Both horses had also been pre-entered in the Juvenile Sprint and at least Beholder was believed to be pointing that way until Monday.

The Juvenile Fillies, run at 1 1/16 miles, will be the first race beyond seven furlongs for Beholder and first beyond 6 1/2 for Kauai Katie.

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Richard Mandella, the trainer of Beholder, said Monday morning that when he scratched Beholder out of the Chandelier Stakes, a two-turn race, on Sept. 29, he didn’t think the filly was mentally ready for a distance race.  But since her 11-length win sprinting here on Oct. 4 he has seen a change in her attitude. That change was confirmed by the way she performed in a five-furlong workout that was timed in 1:01.22 here last Thursday.

“The day after I scratched her she started settling down and she stayed settled down,” said Mandella, who trains Beholder for the Spendthrift Farm of B. Wayne Hughes. “Her work the other day, we got her off the bridle, she relaxed real nice, and came on and picked her up the last 50 yards and she jumped right into it and that got me thinking that we should give this a try.”

The speedy Beholder drew the rail, virtually assuring that with a clean break she will be in front early under Garrett Gomez.

“She’s just naturally speedy,” Mandella said. “She’s going to be on the lead. At least we’re closest to the rail.”

In winning the Grade 2 Matron at Belmont by 7 1/2 lengths from a stalking position, Kauai Katie showed her trainer, Todd Pletcher, that she might be able to get a distance of ground.

“In her first two races we were letting her rock along and do her thing,” Pletcher said. “In the Matron, she drew a favorable [outside] post, we were able to allow her to settle a little bit, which she did quite well. We know she has plenty of speed; it’s a question of how far she can go. We think her mindset is going to let her stretch out a little further than maybe we originally thought.”

Kauai Katie drew the outside again, breaking from post 8 under Rosie Napravnik.

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Dreaming of Julia, who is also 3 for 3, will break from post 5 under John Velazquez. Dreaming of Julia won her first two starts by 26 3/4 lengths before taking a hard-fought head decision over My Happy Face in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont.

Kauai Katie is named after Katie Jackson while Dreaming of Julia is named after Julia Jackson. Both are daughters of Barbara Banke and the late Jess Jackson, who formed Stonestreet Stables.

Banke had hoped to keep the two fillies separated as long as possible, but she said both deserve a shot in the biggest race of the year for juvenile fillies.

“Julia’s already a Grade 1 winner, the other filly deserves a shot too,” Banke said.

Asked what it would be like watching both fillies run against each other, Banke said, “Interesting. Nerve-wracking. They both deserve the chance. The girls are okay with it.”

Trainer Wesley Ward decided on Monday to run Almost an Angel in the Juvenile Fillies and Sweet Shirley Mae in the Juvenile Sprint. Almost an Angel will be making her first start on dirt after running twice on synthetic and three times on turf.

“I always thought from Day One that would be her preferred surface but I was afraid to put her on it because she’s by Artie Schiller,” Ward said, referring to the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner. “All of her works on dirt have been phenomenal.”

Though Ward will have three runners in the Breeders’ Cup, he will not be at Santa Anita as his son Riley will be competing in a state cross-country tournament in Florida.

“This is first time he’s competed in something like this and he’s so excited for me to come,” Ward said. “No way I could miss it.”

In post-position order, from the rail out, the field is Beholder, Executiveprivilege, Spring in the Air, Renee’s Queen, Dreaming of Julia, Almost an Angel, Broken Spell, and Kauai Katie.

If all eight horses run, it will equal the smallest Juvenile Fillies field in the history of the race. Eight horses also ran in 1993 - when Mandella won it at Santa Anita with Phone Chatter - and in 1995 when My Flag won it at Belmont Park.

Habib Fazal More than 1 year ago
renee's queen .who else. dont dream . just bet and stay at window
jon g More than 1 year ago
8 horse race,even if a lonshot wins,the payoff won't be as high as it should. Pass on this race
Ian Salon More than 1 year ago
What speed? There is one speed and a stalking pig. Who else has anynmpace besides beholder and Katie? Tons of speed? Secondly, executive privilege's last race is disgusting. She ran slow and against a terrible field in the chandelier. Thirdly, when executive privilege ran down beholder; 1) heavy outside closing track. 2) beholder spotted thr field at minimum 2-3 lengths out of the gate. All of this and still only gets caught at the wire. Fourth, beholder loves the dirt just like henny Hughes and she showed it in her last race. As for the new your horses, Katie has run slow and against inferior horses. Pletcher's other donkey couldn't have come home any slower in her last race. I see an 8 horse field of inferior horses. Let me get Beholder at 3-1.
Sov More than 1 year ago
How many lengths did Executive spot her running 4-wide all around the track? Good luck with your 3-1, I'll be the one cashing my ticket on the Baffert freak!
Ian Salon More than 1 year ago
Are you serious? The outside was gold. That was the best part of the track all day. The supposed baffert freak ran very slow in the Chandelier against inferior horses. Wait wait.... what am I saying? You're right executive privilege is a freak. Wow what am I thinking just don't put your mortgage on him to show you still might not collect
Sov More than 1 year ago
ha we'll see in 4 days, obviously you were watching a different race. GL with your speed freak, she'll fade after 5f
Sov More than 1 year ago
Pop and stop at its finest.. Another sucker
Dan Passero More than 1 year ago
Are you joking? Beholder, Katie and Julia will all be going for the lead........look at closers......Spring in the Air.....at a solid price coming from off the pace.
Ian Salon More than 1 year ago
Wait Katie and Julia will run with beholder. You've got to be kidding me.
Dan Passero More than 1 year ago
Its not like beholder, who may be the fastest, will be getting an easy lead and going in 24 and 49. They will go 23, 46 and change and that is too fast for babies...it will set up for a closer. KK, DOJ and EP won't be that far off.
Chris Jones More than 1 year ago
Beholder to the lead while Executive Privilege, Dreaming of Julia and Kauai Katie chase. All 4 tire in the stretch as Spring In The Air picks up the pieces for the win!
Dan Passero More than 1 year ago
This is the scenarion I see too!
peter k More than 1 year ago
Always look forward to the breeders cup races ! This year it may be very important to handicap the water trucks. Unfortunately most bettors including myself will not be there , so if someone out there wants to update us on the watering of the track - that would be very good
miguelmunozlaw More than 1 year ago
I will be there and cell phone reception permitting I will be tweeting updates on the watering of the track. @miguelmunozlaw
raymond More than 1 year ago
The watering truck will be in front the whole way and extend it's lead through the stretch as the others stop n go, n stop n go, no, you go, no, you go, wait, i'll go, no, you go. I'm going to the movies with the kids.
jaymz5150 More than 1 year ago
Pletcher (poor record shipping to California) has Katie who is stretching out and Julia who seemed to be tired after her last. Mandella scratches Beholder in first chance at longer also had a suspect recent work. Meanwhile Baffert sends out Executiveprivledge, in his backyard and she has already won at the distance, I'm just saying.
KeenelandCapper More than 1 year ago
saying alot of nothing it sounds like to me..
jaymz5150 More than 1 year ago
So KeenelandCapper who do you favor?
Steven More than 1 year ago
And with all four running the price figures to exceed my expectations that I had 24 hours ago.
Jennifer Butler-Rickard More than 1 year ago
speed speed and more speed. Executive will sit off and fly by.
Ian Salon More than 1 year ago
Haha there is one speed.