Updated on 09/01/2013 8:26PM

Del Mar: Beholder makes successful return in Torrey Pines Stakes

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Beholder and jockey Gary Stevens won the Torrey Pines Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths Sunday at Del Mar.

DEL MAR, Calif. – For a filly who can make things more difficult than need be, Beholder had an easy time of it in returning to action Sunday at Del Mar, romping in the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes for 3-year-old fillies in what was pretty much a paid workout.

Beholder ($2.20) was the overwhelming favorite in a field of five and won in front-running fashion by 2 3/4 lengths under Gary Stevens, who was awarded the mount by trainer Richard Mandella after Garrett Gomez, who rode Beholder in her nine prior starts, had personal problems earlier this meet. Wittgenstein, the longest shot at 24-1, was second, a half-length in front of Charlie Em. Becky Lou and Sweet Tess completed the order of finish.

This was the first start for Beholder, last year’s champion 2-year-old filly, since a second-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks on May 3. She was unnerved by the commotion at Churchill Downs that day, so after getting her back to California, Mandella decided a freshening was in order.

“She’s got a lot of quirks, but I’ll take it,” Mandella said. “She’s settled down nice. We brought her home, gave her a break, and she couldn’t have trained any better.”

Everything went perfectly Sunday. Beholder broke smoothly, went right to the front, set moderate fractions while relaxing comfortably under Stevens, then breezed home as if out for a morning drill. She completed one mile on Polytrack in 1:36.30 following splits of 24.21 seconds, 48.75, and 1:12.83.

“She ran like we expected her to,” said Mandella, who trains Beholder for the Spendthrift Farm of B. Wayne Hughes. “But this is horse racing. Sometimes it can look too easy, and everything goes wrong. When you’re supposed to win, you can only go down. You can only mess it up.”

Beholder has six wins in 10 starts. Mandella said she will make her next start in the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 28, and if she runs well there, Mandella said the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 1 would be the year-end goal.

“That’s what we’re looking at,” he said.

Charm the Maker wins Adoration Stakes

Charm the Maker got her second stakes win, and her first victory in almost 22 months, in Sunday’s $94,300 Adoration Stakes for fillies and mares.

Ridden by Joe Talamo, Charm the Maker closed from fourth in a field of seven to catch pacesetter Hard to Resist in the final furlong. Charm the Maker ($14.20) ran a mile on the synthetic main track in 1:35.47.

Hard to Resist, a 7-1 shot, finished 4 1/4 lengths in front of 3-1 Via Villaggio. Dancingtothestars, the 5-2 favorite, could only finish fifth.

Charm the Maker races for Debbie McAnally and is trained by her husband, Ron.

A 4-year-old homebred filly by Empire Maker, Charm the Maker won the Sharp Cat Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park in November 2011. Charm the Maker later was second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes in 2011.

Charm the Maker was winless in three starts earlier this year but was a fast-closing fifth in an optional claimer here Aug. 7 in her first start since February. Charm the Maker has won 3 of 14 career starts and earned $329,170.

– additional reporting by Steve Andersen

Walter More than 1 year ago
Unless we really find out about race fixing or cheating, it's all speculation. But I do notice how exotics do not pay as much as they should in may cases in California & New York. This always makes me wonder...
Jaime Dubyna More than 1 year ago
She's quick! Nice to see her back. A nice confidence booster for her, can't wait for her next race. She is such a classy filly.
redboy More than 1 year ago
Its a credit to her that no one really wanted a part of her in this race,why run when your running for 2nd or 3rd. She's a very talented filly and hopefully she can stay healthy ,would love to see her fast front running style inthe Ladies Classic. One of my favorite gals !
gabriel candelaria More than 1 year ago
at least make the horse earn it......a full fiel do 9-10 can produce pace factors/"jockeying" for position/traffic etc. You can't just let her run alone on the front end and call that a horse race.
edb More than 1 year ago
It works for Verrazano
redboy More than 1 year ago
When has she ever not been on the lead? She's ran against some of the best fillies to date and what she ran against Sinday qas nothing close to what shes beaten in the past. Weat Coast fillies are legit this year,as good as the boys where last year
patrick toal More than 1 year ago
True, Gabriel but what can we do? P.S. In a situation like this I take the Hot Fav with the last one in the betting in an Exacta. Surprising how often it comes up. Paid $22-------(11-1)-----------of course it never wins when you really need it!
gabriel candelaria More than 1 year ago
Agree with you...and like Tim stated, he hit a nice $100 EX with the LS.......i'm just starting to stay away from these small fields.
tim blake More than 1 year ago
it is better just to not watch. it makes it hard to keep liking the sport at all. but lately, they have gotten just as bad with the big fields. i don't remember it being this bad or obvious. was i just blind before? or have the gambling groups that control the jockeys gained so much control (and the tracks become so desperate for carryovers) that there are no limits to what they can get away with?
gabriel candelaria More than 1 year ago
Ive been a "fan" for 30 years.....and the news that came out about the Travers allegation/Buzzer etc., really just put a sour taste in my mouth even more. I look back and recall the 1995 KY Derby and allegations of G.Stevens possibly using a "buzzer", and Lukas possible involvement----both jockeys (Stevens/Day) may have been involved, well....its just getting ridiculous to enjoy anymore.
tim blake More than 1 year ago
this race was hilarious. i wondered how they were going to get the #3 into 2nd place. i always think the jockeys will have some sense of shame and not be able to pull it off but they never disappoint. Gomez does his usual.... acting like he is chasing the winner and tiring. But watch Talamo in the stretch. It's truly an artform for these guys to lose while pretending to try to finish well. I had friends here watching with me and they laughed at me for caring about a sport that is not even real anymore. the funniest part to my friends is that in other sports, the stars get in trouble occasionally for being thugs and committing felonies off the field or the court. In hore racing, the jockeys actually commit the crimes during the races. they make it part of their job. how much longer can it last? no one believes any of it has the least bit of integrity anymore. Oh, and before you guys who are paid to protect the race fixing schemes shout 'sour grapes' and 'sore loser', i bet $100 exacta and won $1k. but it wasn't fun. not like handicapping.
gabriel candelaria More than 1 year ago
Amen.......thats the only way u can make money on these races......they will never run true to form fave with 2nd best horse. It's always the 20-1 longshot that will get their and make the pay. Good score!
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Really? are you guys nuts. There was nothing separating the rest of the field.Anyone of them run second and there should be no surprise or no clear cut 2nd choice.
tim blake More than 1 year ago
see gabriel. these guys just wait around to defend the jockeys. i think they think that it will distract from the blatant corruption. but it doesn't. any handicapper knows the truth. and the fact that these guys lurk around waiting to defend jockeys without any useful knowledge just proves that the jockeys need defending. they always turn it into a personal attack too. i think they learned their debate skills in 3rd grade. call names and point.
gabriel candelaria More than 1 year ago
lol......a true handicapper can figure out who "should" win, hit the board etc.....but nowadays, all the crookedness in racing is starting to rear it's ugly head......and as a gambler, u just have to hope it's ur lucky day, to be on the right side of it.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
If you really believe its corrupt, then your an idiot for betting. Maybe you just need to learn how to handicap Del Mar.
Willie R. More than 1 year ago
After reading this nonsense I'm laughing right along with your friends! You are either drunk or just crazy! The winner was 20 lengths the best what do you want the other jocks to do?
tim blake More than 1 year ago
try to get 2nd if their horse is good enough. that's their job. but i doubt many of them remember that because they are so used to following instructions to increase gambling payouts for certain people. but thanks for your reply proving once again that you guys will leap to the defense of jockeys for any reason and usually very quickly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with Tim. And further to that i believe the track officials have direct "radio contact" (transmitted in the jockey helmet) with certain key runners which tell them to "slow" in order to stay off board or out of a place, etc. its easy as can be to radio transmit to jocks, and they take it from there. Big money rewards to the cooperating riders. When cheating is that easy, it gets DONE.
grayposse More than 1 year ago
Talamo makes it look way too obvious screwing with the horses head twice in the stretch, looks pretty obvious he was trying to stay out of the prize money. Yet, past the wire he gallops past the other 2.
david More than 1 year ago
Please see my reply above. If you don't know what you are looking at you should learn before you start typing.
david More than 1 year ago
What I saw Talamo doing in the stretch was trying to get his horse to change leads and not lug in. I'm sure you don't understand what that means but when he got her to change she came again which is why she looked strong on the gallop out.
gabriel candelaria More than 1 year ago
These 5 horse Fields are a joke....OF course it was a "paid work-out" ---$2.20. Why can't they have 8-9 challengers and make horses like this earn the $100K purse. Their ridiculous to wager on.....since all ur doing is trying to bet the 2nd place horse, which is always a 20-1 or greater.
Rick Holubowicz More than 1 year ago
Really, why even bother wagering on a 5 horse field. Skip it and go on.