01/30/2013 5:27PM

Santa Anita: Beholder being treated for throat ulcer

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Barbara D. Livingston
Beholder is being treated for a throat ulcer and could miss the Las Virgenes as a result.

Beholder, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2012, is only in light training this week while being treated for a throat ulcer that was detected after her second in the Santa Ynez Stakes on Jan. 21, trainer Richard Mandella said.

The treatment could impact whether she starts in the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes over a mile on March 2.

“We’re going easy on her,” Mandella said. “We’re treating her throat, and we’ll know more in 10 days. It might work if it responds well enough. If she doesn’t, we’ll take time.”

Wednesday, Mandella worked Jimmy Creed five furlongs in 59.20 seconds, the fastest of 79 recorded works at the distance.

Jimmy Creed won the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes over seven furlongs Dec. 26 and was considered a candidate for the Strub Stakes until he was briefly sidelined with an illness in January. Mandella is planning to start Jimmy Creed in the $200,000 San Carlos Stakes over seven furlongs Feb. 23.

“He’s ready to go,” Mandella said.