10/05/2012 3:15PM

Santa Anita notes: Beholder sets sights on Breeders' Cup after allowance romp

Benoit & Associates
Beholder was given a 108 Beyer Speed Figure for her 11-length romp in a Thursday allowance at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Beholder won a six-furlong allowance race by 11 lengths in a quick 1:09 at Santa Anita on Thursday, leaving Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella with a choice of Breeders’ Cup races on Nov. 2 for the 2-year-old filly.

Mandella said Friday that Beholder is “50-50” for the $500,000 Juvenile Sprint over six furlongs or the $2 million Juvenile Fillies over 1 1/16 miles. The filly could be pre-entered in both races on Oct. 22, with a decision on a race necessary by Oct. 29, when entries are taken.

Mandella said the filly’s mental state will have as much to do with the decision as her physical condition.

“It will depend on her,” Mandella said. “In the last four or five days, she did mellow out and settle down.”

Beholder was all business Thursday. Sent off at 3-5, Beholder led throughout and recorded the fastest time at the distance through the first five days of the meeting.

Beholder earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 108, the fastest speed figure assigned to a 2-year-old in the nation this year.

After watching the times from the rest of Thursday’s races, a card that did not feature many high-quality races, Mandella thought that Beholder would earn a high speed figure.

“I thought she might do something like that, looking at the rest of the races,” Mandella said.

Beholder is owned by B. Wayne Hughes. By Into Mischief, Beholder was entered for the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes here Sept. 29, but was withdrawn after Mandella said he was not pleased with her final workout before that race.

A winner of 2 of 4 starts and $135,000, Beholder was second by a nose in her stakes debut, the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 1. She was beaten a nose in that race by Executiveprivilege, who won the Chandelier Stakes and is the expected favorite for the BC Juvenile Fillies.

Thirtyfirststreet back for Cal Cup

When Thirtyfirststreet last started at Santa Anita, he finished eighth as an 83-1 shot in the Santa Anita Handicap in March.

At first glance, that is where an 83-1 shot would be expected to finish in a field of 13, but Thirtyfirststreet was unlucky. He was ridden by then-apprentice jockey Eswan Flores, who guided Thirtyfirststreet toward the inside in early stretch only to bump the rail while racing in traffic.

More than seven months later, Thirtyfirststreet returns to Santa Anita for the $175,000 California Cup Classic next Saturday. He has switched stables, moving from trainer Doug O’Neill to Peter Eurton.

For Eurton, Thirtyfirststreet has started twice, finishing third in two optional claimers on turf at Del Mar in August.

“I’d get really excited if the race was on turf,” Eurton said of the Cal Cup Classic. “He’s run pretty good here. Remember the Santa Anita Handicap? He had trouble there.”

Chantal Sutherland has the mount on Thirtyfirststreet in the Cal Cup Classic, which is run over 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Last year, the race was run on turf.

The race is led by John Scott, who won the Harry Brubaker Stakes at Del Mar on Sept. 1 and was second in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap there in July.

Other expected starters are Rousing Sermon, who was fourth in the Grade 2 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs in September and eighth in the Kentucky Derby earlier this year; and Unusual Heatwave, winner of two stakes for California-breds 3-year-olds this year – the $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park in April and the $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar in August.

Juvenile turf runners top card

The expansion of the Breeders’ Cup program to include stakes for 2-year-olds on turf in recent years has led to new races at the Santa Anita autumn meeting.

Monday, two $100,000 races for 2-year-olds will be run over a mile on turf – the Zuma Beach and the Surfer Girl Stakes for fillies. They are preps for two $1 million races – the Juvenile Fillies Turf and Juvenile Turf next month.

The only stakes winner in Monday’s stakes is Bares Tripper, who won the Barretts Debutante at Fairplex Park on Sept. 15. She will make her turf debut in the Surfer Girl Stakes as part of a field of seven.

Four of the fillies were unplaced in the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar on Sept. 3 – Truly Marie (fourth), Upbeat Mood (fifth), Somethingabouther (seventh), and Wishing Gate (eighth).

There are only six runners in the Zuma Beach Stakes. The field includes Den’s Legacy, who was fifth in the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes on the main track Sept. 29; and Gervinho, a maiden race winner over 5 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar on Sept. 3.

Den’s Legacy and Gervinho will make their first starts on turf in the Zuma Beach.