04/25/2013 4:10PM

Kentucky Oaks: Beholder has final workout at Santa Anita

Shigeki Kikkawa
Beholder has won 5 of 8 starts, 2 of 3 this year.

Beholder, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2012, worked seven furlongs in 1:27.80 at Santa Anita on Thursday, her final workout before the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 3.

Trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder was ridden by Garrett Gomez and worked in company with a stablemate, starting a few lengths behind. Beholder ranged on the outside in the stretch and finished in front.

Mandella timed Beholder in 37 seconds for the final three furlongs. He said the structure of the workout was designed to give the speedy Beholder a target in the event that another runner takes an early lead in the Kentucky Oaks.

“We always work her that way, to prepare for any change,” Mandella said. “It was a nice steady breeze, and that’s what she got. I wasn’t looking for anything fast.”

Owned by B. Wayne Hughes, Beholder has won 5 of 8 starts and $1,575,000. She has won 2 of 3 races this year, including two Grade 1 races at Santa Anita – the Las Virgenes Stakes over a mile on March 2 and the Santa Anita Oaks over 1 1/16 miles on April 6. In both races, Beholder led throughout.

Mandella said that Beholder will be sent to Churchill Downs on Saturday and will not have a workout there in advance of the race.

Alex Sterioff More than 1 year ago
If they go 1:12 or 1:11 Beholder wins easy
Richard Tihamam More than 1 year ago
Silsita and Pure Fun are the legit longshot.
Wayne Haehner More than 1 year ago
Dreaming of Julia a step below?--wow--I never imagined I would hear anyone uteer those words
ROBERT More than 1 year ago
Richard You are a awesome trainer but wait until Mr Bafferts filly Midnight lucky Runs down your filly in the strech when you go out in 47 and 1:12 and fall back to 6th place for the Kentucky Oaks ! No Julia ! Keep Dreamin ! Thank you for the awesome filly race this winner would have beat the BOY "S ...........
Eric Rickard More than 1 year ago
She normally does not fade. If the track favors speed than she will be tough. Her main comp should be Close Hatches and midnight lucky. Dreaming of Julia looks to be a step below these. I am not coming at her; just stating my opinion.I think her race at Gulfstream was not the normal race for her, but an anomaly. Good Luck to all!!!!!! Hope to see you their.
Timothy Charlotte More than 1 year ago
Dont know about a step below for Julia, wouldve won the Florida D by 9 lenghts...Her 1 1/8 time is superior to what this crop can run!
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
The Oaks is a tough race. A pace speed - closer will win...
Mike41279 More than 1 year ago
I know you're reading this Richie. I know you are.
Jason Landman More than 1 year ago
Speed...and fade.
LamarH More than 1 year ago
I was told the same thing in the BC race when I picked her to win. Yes it was Santa Anita, but it doesn't matter. She has great stamina to go with that speed. If she doesn't win, she will be 8 lengths in front of the 3rd place horse.
Jason Landman More than 1 year ago
She ran on a freeway at Santa Anita in the BC Juvi Fillies. A track that aided her style. Her two wins this year came with no pressure up front. She faces the big girls now with a pace scenario not in her favor. She's off the board, 8 lengths back.
Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
Chris More than 1 year ago