06/27/2013 3:32PM

Del Mar's Torrey Pines best summer option for Beholder

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Barbara D. Livingston
Beholder (right), second in the Kentucky Oaks, will not ship to Saratoga for the Test in August, a plan trainer Richard Mandella had been considering.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Beholder, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2012, has resumed training after a second-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 3 and will make her next start at Del Mar this summer.

Trainer Richard Mandella said Thursday that Beholder is being pointed to the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over a mile on the synthetic main track Sept. 1. Mandella said he had considered sending Beholder to Saratoga for a race such as the $500,000 Test Stakes on Aug. 24, but is leaning against that plan.

“I don’t know if I want to go traveling,” he said. “I’ll point for the Torrey Pines at Del Mar. I’m going to take my time with her.”

The Torrey Pines has a modest purse, but is the richest open race for 3-year-old fillies on the main track at Del Mar. The $300,000 Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 17 is run on turf. The $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes on Aug. 2 is restricted to California-breds.

A Kentucky-bred owned by B. Wayne Hughes, Beholder has won 5 of 9 starts and $1,765,000. Beholder won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita last November and two Grade 1 races there earlier this year – the Las Virgenes Stakes over a mile in March and the Santa Anita Oaks over 1 1/16 miles in April.

In the Kentucky Oaks over 1 1/8 miles, Beholder led by two lengths with a furlong remaining and was caught in the final strides by 38-1 Princess of Sylmar, who won by a half-length.

Mandella gave Beholder a rest at a California farm in May and brought her back into training in early June. She worked three furlongs in 37.60 seconds on June 21 and is expected to work again this weekend, he said.

Pincay Award to Delahoussaye

Retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye will be honored with the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award on July 6.

The award recognizes a racing person who has represented the sport with integrity, dedication, determination, and distinction.

Delahoussaye, 61, won 6,384 races from 1973 to 2002. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993.

Delahoussaye won the Kentucky Derby in consecutive years with Gato Del Sol in 1982 and Sunny’s Halo in 1983.

Delahoussaye retired in 2003 after sustaining a neck injury at Del Mar the preceding summer. In the last decade, Delahoussaye has maintained a presence in Southern California racing, working as a bloodstock adviser and an owner and breeder.

Pincay, who was inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame in 1975, will present Delahoussaye with the award.

Small field likely for Gold Cup

The July 6 program is highlighted by the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup, which is led by defending champion Game On Dude.

A winner of three stakes this year, Game On Dude worked six furlongs in 1:12.60 at Santa Anita on Monday, though trainer Bob Baffert said he timed him in 1:11.80.

The Gold Cup will have a small field. Aside from Game On Dude, the probable starters include the first four finishers of the Californian Stakes on June 1 – Clubhouse Ride, Liaison, Oilisblackgold, and Kettle Corn.