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Santa Anita: Beholder had throat ulcer in Santa Ynez loss
By Brad Free
ARCADIA, Calif. – Beholder, the 2012 champion juvenile filly, had an alibi for her disappointing runner-up finish as the odds-on favorite in Monday’s Grade 2 Santa Ynez at Santa Anita.
Beholder was scoped soon after the 6 1/2-furlong race and showed no signs of internal bleeding. But trainer Richard Mandella said Thursday that a more extensive subsequent examination revealed an ulcer in the back of her throat. Although the ulcer was small, it was enough to compromise her performance.
“Imagine having an ulcer, or pimple, in the back of your throat, and breathing that hard . . . it burns,” Mandella said. “The good news is it’s not that” big.
Mandella said Beholder will be treated with antibiotics, and her throat will be flushed. He does not expect the setback to affect preparation for the Grade 1, one-mile Las Virgenes on March 2.
“The timing is good, the Las Virgenes is still on our map,” he said.
Beholder won 3 of 5 last year, including the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies, and was the 1-5 favorite in the Santa Ynez. She was fully extended to get past front-runner Dawn’s Charm and was worn down from the inside by Renee’s Titan. Beholder earned a 73 Beyer Speed Figure, missing by three-quarters of a length.
Thanks Gunner, so true, my older brother was there to see him win the Belmont
Too much stress...
Can't you just get beat anymore?
Just recently read article by SH "Big Red" he was found to have a mouth ulcer after one of his losses in 1973? It happens
She goes from Beyers of 108 and 95 to a 73. It all makes more sense now. Pace and trip didn't help either.
Oh My. I hope she gets better soon.
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