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BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLY CHAMP BEHOLDER MAKES 2013 DEBUT AT SANTA ANITA IN MONDAY’S SANTA YNEZ
SIX FURLONG SAN PEDRO STAKES FOR 3-YEAR-OLDS ON UNDERCARD
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2013)—Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly Champion Beholder makes her 2013 debut at Santa Anita on Monday in the Grade II, $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs, and the Kentucky-bred daughter of Henny Hughes looms a complete standout amongst a field of eight 3-year-old fillies.
Trained by Richard Mandella, she was an eye-catching winner of the 1 1/16 miles Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, winning in gate to wire fashion under Garrett Gomez by one-length while earning a Beyer Speed figure of 95.
Beholder has a long, steady series of works on her tab for her return on Monday, including a scintillating five furlong drill of 58.80 on Jan. 4, best of 51 at the distance.
Prior to the Juvenile Fillies (her first try going two turns), Beholder demolished a first-condition allowance field going six furlongs on Oct. 4, winning by 11 lengths and earning a career-high 108 Beyer.
Odds-on to be named Eclipse Champion 2-year-old filly Saturday night, Beholder brings a 5-3-1-0 record and $1,215,000 in earnings to the Santa Ynez. Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, she’ll again be piloted by Gomez, who has been at the controls in all five of her previous starts.
Beholder has the advantage of breaking from the far outside in the Santa Ynez and she’ll have plenty of early speed to contend with.
Trainer Jeff Bonde will send out the ultra-quick Dawn’s Charm, who will break from post three with Edwin Maldonado. A Kentucky-bred filly by Hard Spun, Dawn’s Charm comes off a 10 ¾ length maiden special weight win going 6 ½ furlongs at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 14, earning a 93 Beyer. With Maldonado up, she blazed through fractions of 21.80, 44.40 and 1:09.60 stopping the clock in 1:16.60.
Owned by Michael House, Dawn’s Charm will make her fourth start on Monday and will try to improve upon her record of 3-1-0-0 and earnings of $28,250.
Lady Rosamond, who broke her maiden going 6 ½ furlongs on Nov. 17, comes off a nose allowance defeat at 4-5 going seven furlongs on Dec. 31 and will make her fourth career start Monday with a new rider, Martin Garcia.
Trained by Bob Baffert, the Florida-bred daughter of Keyed Entry will run with out blinkers for the first time on Monday and would hope to benefit from any suicidal pace scenario. She brings a 3-1-2-0 mark and $48,000 in earnings to the Santa Ynez. She is owned by Peachtree Stable.
Trainer John Sadler will send out a pair in the Santa Ynez; Blushing Angel, who was a game maiden special weight winner going six furlongs on Dec. 30, and Imwiththeblonde, a speed merchant who broke her maiden two starts back going 5 ½ furlongs on Oct. 21.
The complete field for the Santa Ynez, to be run as the seventh on a nine-race card on Monday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Small Moves, Victor Espinoza, 119; Blushing Angel, Joe Talamo, 119; Dawn’s Charm, Edwin Maldonado, 119; Lady Rosamond, Martin Garcia, 119; Imwiththeblonde, Juan Hernandez, 119; Renee’s Titan, Tyler Baze, 119; Switch to the Lead, Julien Leparoux, 119, and Beholder, Garrett Gomez, 123.
GRADE III WINNER REALLY MR GREELY HAS CLASS EDGE IN SAN PEDRO
Really Mr Greely, a winner of the Grade III Hollywood Prevue Stakes on Nov. 22, rates a class advantage over four rival 3-year-olds in Monday’s $75,000 San Pedro Stakes at six furlongs.
Trained by Bob Baffert, the Kentucky bred colt by Horse Greely won the Prevue in virtual gate to wire fashion and then stretched out to be a well-beaten ninth in the Grade I CashCall Futurity going 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 15.
Ridden by Mike Smith in the CashCall, Really Mr Greeley will be reunited with Julien Leparoux, who guided him to the Prevue score at odds of 11-1, while earning a Beyer Speed figure of 98. A winner of two of his four lifetime starts, Really Mr Greely was an impressive 7 ½ length maiden $100,000 claiming winner going six furlongs on Nov. 4.
Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson or John Weitman, Really Mr Greely has earnings of $85,620.
Trainer Jeff Bonde will counter with the ultra-quick Distinctiv Passion, who seeks his third consecutive win in the San Pedro. Breaking from the rail (as he will in the San Pedro), he rocketed to a 2 ½ length gate to wire allowance win on Dec. 28, setting fractions of 21.60, 44.20, 56.00, and getting six furlongs in 1:08.60. Ridden in all four previous starts by Edwin Maldonado, Distinctiv Passion earned a career best 93 Beyer Speed figure in his most recent start.
Owned by Brown or Klein or Lebherz, he has a record of 4-2-0-1 and earnings of $74,400.
Hear the Ghost, a Kentucky-bred gelding by Ghostzapper, will try to pick up the pieces from off the pace as he won in that fashion in his only start on Dec. 15 going six furlongs. Owned by Halo Farms or Hollendorfer and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Hear the Ghost will be ridden back by Juan Hernandez.
The complete field for the San Pedro, to be run as the second race on Monday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Distinctiv Passion, Edwin Maldonado, 117; Disarm, Joe Talamo, 115; Really Mr Greely, Julien Leparoux, 122; Hear the Ghost, Juan Hernandez, 115, and Resist, Mario Gutierrez, 115.
First post time on Monday at Santa Anita is 12:30 p.m. For additional information, visit www.santaanita.com.