ARCADIA, Calif. &ndash; Beholder faces new challenges Saturday at Santa Anita, including a shorter distance and tougher competition. One thing that has not changed is the high expectations.\r\nBeholder is expected to win the Grade 1 Vanity, a $400,000 race shortened from 1 1/8 miles to one mile and the first start of the season for 2015 champion 3-year-old filly Stellar Wind.\r\n:: SANTA ANITA: Buy pps for Saturday&#39;s card\r\nSeven fillies and mares were entered in the Vanity, though Taris could scratch. That would leave Beholder, Stellar Wind, Divina Comedia, All Star Bub, and Grade 2-winning sprinters Lost Bus and Finest City.\r\n&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a good race with real horses,&rdquo; Beholder&rsquo;s trainer, Richard Mandella, said. &ldquo;Not just [Stellar Wind], but one of those sprinters might stretch out. You don&rsquo;t know.&rdquo;\r\nWhat is certain is Beholder&rsquo;s status as one of the country&rsquo;s top older horses. She has won seven straight, 16 of 21 overall, more than $4.4 million for owner B. Wayne Hughes, and has trained with enthusiasm since an easy comeback win last month at 1 1/16 miles.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAll of which makes Stellar Wind&rsquo;s trainer, John Sadler, a realist. Stellar Wind has worked very well for her first start since a runner-up finish last fall in the Breeders&rsquo; Cup Distaff, but she faces a tall order in the Vanity.\r\n&ldquo;[Stellar Wind] is training great. We&rsquo;re ready to go,&rdquo; Sadler said. &ldquo;If she runs a good second, I&rsquo;d be happy. Beholder is not just the best mare. She is one of the best horses. She&rsquo;s on everybody&rsquo;s list.&rdquo;\r\nTaris, the romping winner of the Grade 1, seven-furlong Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs, could skip the Vanity and wait for the Grade 1, seven-furlong Triple Bend on June 25.\r\n&ldquo;We want to keep our options open, but I think most likely we&rsquo;re going to wait,&rdquo; trainer Simon Callaghan said. &ldquo;The Triple Bend is our preferred option.&rdquo;\r\nTwo turns on dirt is new for Finest City and Lost Bus. Finest City won a Grade 2 sprint last out; Lost Bus won a Grade 2 sprint in January. Lost Bus likely will set the pace.\r\n&ldquo;I think she can go a mile,&rdquo; Lost Bus&rsquo;s trainer, Gary Sherlock, said. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t have the audacity to think I can beat Beholder, but it&rsquo;s Grade 1 placing for a lot of money.&rdquo;\r\nKEY CONTENDERS\r\nBeholder, by Henny Hughes\r\nLast 3 Beyers: 89-99-114\r\n◗ Beholder won her comeback last month with speed to spare. Since then, Mandella has tightened the screws. Sandwiched between two easy works was a bullet five-furlong drill May 25.\r\n&ldquo;She&rsquo;s ready for a good race now,&rdquo; Mandella said this week, declining to speculate on a summer campaign. &ldquo;Everything is on the table; [the Vanity] is the important goal for the short term.&rdquo;\r\n◗ Last summer at Del Mar, Beholder&rsquo;s two wins included a romp against males in the Pacific Classic.\r\n◗ Gary Stevens rides Beholder, a 6-year-old whose mannerisms have softened slightly, according to Mandella.\r\n&ldquo;She has her moments, but not like she used to be,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It used to be if you sneezed, it was like lighting a bomb.&rdquo;\r\nStellar Wind, by Curlin\r\nLast 3 Beyers: 98-94-91\r\n◗ Though she has not started since October, Stellar Wind is dead fit, according to Sadler.\r\n&ldquo;A mile is a good jumping-off point,&rdquo; said Sadler, who called Stellar Wind &ldquo;a natural distance horse.&rdquo;\r\n&ldquo;Her optimal distance is probably a mile and an eighth,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;A mile is probably a little short, but she should be fit.&rdquo;\r\n◗ Last season at age 3 under regular rider Victor Espinoza, Stellar Wind won four graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks. Her best performance was a runner-up finish by a neck in the BC Distaff.\r\n◗ The long-term goal for Stellar Wind is the 2016 BC Distaff at Santa Anita, but Sadler did not rule out shipping for a race before then. If she stays home, she might run into Beholder again on July 30 at Del Mar in the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch.\r\n◗ Espinoza will be aboard Saturday.\r\nFinest City, by City Zip\r\nLast 3 Beyers: 97-77-77\r\n◗ Ian Kruljac trains Finest City, the upset winner of the Grade 2 Great Lady M. at 6 1/2 furlongs last out.\r\nLost Bus, by Bring the Heat\r\nLast 3 Beyers: 96-90-95\r\n◗ Third in the Great Lady M., she figures to set the pace under Fernando Perez.