03/29/2013 3:53PM

Santa Anita: Beholder breezes for Santa Anita Oaks

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Barbara D. Livingston
Beholder, last year's champion juvenile filly, worked seven furlongs in 1:26.60 on Friday for the Santa Anita Oaks.

Beholder, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2012, worked seven furlongs in 1:26.60 on Friday in preparation for the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks next Saturday.

Trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder won the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes over a mile March 2. On Friday, Beholder worked in company with Sarach, a two-time winner at this meeting who was fifth in the China Doll Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on turf March 9.

The Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks over 1 1/16 miles will have a small field.

Mandella plans to also start Spellbound, who won an allowance race Feb. 24. Spellbound has yet to run in a stakes.

“The filly is improving,” Mandella said of Spellbound.

Other candidates are Black Witch, Fiftyshadesofhay and Iotapa.

Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
Beholder, Midnight Lucky, Unlimited Budget, Dreaming of Julia, and a handful of quality "also-ran" filles around the country make this years Kentucky Oaks a more appealing race than the Kentucky Derby!
Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
......and Pure Fun, who could take advantage of all that speed!
POD More than 1 year ago
Spellbound needs to run a good race at SA Oaks and will close on everyone at the Kentucky oaks