10/27/2012 12:14PM

Breeders' Cup: Spendthrift still pondering where Beholder, Jimmy Creed will run

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Beholder earned a 108 Beyer Speed Figure for her Oct. 4 allowance win at Santa Anita.

With Breeders’ Cup entries due Monday, a final decision had not yet been made by B. Wayne Hughes regarding which BC races his two Spendthrift Farm runners, Beholder and Jimmy Creed, will go in. However, it appears both will be running short, not long.

"Nothing is set in stone yet," Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey said Saturday morning from Lexington, Ky. "But we are leaning toward sprinting them both. That probably has less to do with who else is going in what races, and more with our confidence level with what suits them both."

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That means Jimmy Creed likely will bypass the $1 million Dirt Mile in favor of the $1.5 million Sprint, and Beholder would start in the $500,000 Juvenile Sprint instead of the $2 million Juvenile Fillies. While Jimmy Creed figures as one of the longer shots in the Sprint, Beholder, with a 108 Beyer Speed Figure from her 10-length victory in a recent Santa Anita allowance, could be the favorite in the Juvenile Sprint – even as a filly facing male rivals. Richard Mandella trains both of the Spendthrift horses.

The likely defection of Jimmy Creed to the Sprint leaves a probable field of nine or 10 for the Dirt Mile, with the likely favorites being Emcee, Shackleford, Jersey Town, and Fed Biz. Second City, a 3-year-old owned by Paul Reddam, was reported to be leaning more toward the Dirt Mile than his first preference, the Sprint.