01/22/2013 5:49PM

Santa Anita: Beholder pointed to Las Virgenes

Shigeki Kikkawa
Beholder will be pointed to the Las Virgenes Stakes after a second-place finish in the Santa Ynez Stakes.

Beholder, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2012 trained by Richard Mandella, will be pointed to the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes on March 2 after her surprising second to Renee’s Titan in Monday’s $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs.

Renee’s Titan ($43.80) closed more than five lengths in the final furlong to win the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes by three-quarters of a length over Beholder, the 1-5 favorite who finished a nose in front of pacesetter Dawn’s Charm.

Renee’s Titan races for Zillah Reddam and trainer Doug O’Neill. The Santa Ynez was her first stakes win. She won even though jockey Tyler Baze lost his whip.

Beholder had not started since winning the BC Juvenile Fillies in November, a race that clinched her championship.

“It looks like she came up a little short on me,” Mandella said. “Maybe I should have added one more strong work.

“She came out fine and looks good. We’ll go on for the next one.”