07/23/2012 9:28AM

Del Mar: Winding Way wins again, headed for stakes

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DEL MAR, Calif. - The 3-year-old filly Winding Way is bound for a stakes later this summer after extending her unbeaten streak to two races with an easy win in an optional claimer on Saturday.

Owned by breeder B. Wayne Hughes, Winding Way ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.87, winning by 7 1/4 lengths. She earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 97.

“All I have to do is feed her,” Gaines said. “She’s so amazing.”

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Gaines and Hughes have several options for Winding Way’s next start, including the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes over a mile for 3-year-old fillies on Sept. 2 or the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap against older fillies and mares over 6 1/2 furlongs on Aug. 19. Gaines on Sunday said she was leaning away from the Rancho Bernardo.

By Malibu Moon, Winding Way won her debut at Hollywood Park on June 10 with a 95 Beyer.

Hughes has a highly promising 2-year-old filly in Beholder, who won Sunday’s sixth race in her second start.
Ridden by Garrett Gomez for trainer Richard Mandella, Beholder stalked pacesetter Kinz Funky Monkey on the backstretch, took the lead on the turn and pulled clear to win by 3 1/4 lengths over Fanticola. Mandella said Beholder could start in the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante over seven furlongs on Sept. 1.

By Henny Hughes, Beholder was fourth behind Executiveprivilege in a maiden race at Hollywood Park on June 28. Executiveprivilege later won the Landaluce Stakes at Hollywood Park and is a candidate for the Del Mar Debutante.