Beholder returns in Santa Ynez
|Beholder will go for her third straight win over Santa Anita's dirt when making her seasonal bow in the Santa Ynez
(Breeders' Cup Limited)
It looks like the field against presumptive two-year-old filly champion Beholder in
Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature at
Santa Anita -- the
Grade 2, $150,000
-- doesn't hold much challenge, but, as the old saying
goes, "They still have to run around the track."
could be one reason why trainer Patrick Biancone has
entered Switch to the Lead in the 6 1/2-furlong race
in which Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies victress Beholder is set
to make her three-year-old debut.
Switch to the Lead, a bay daughter of
second last November 3 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile
Filly Sprint Preview at Santa Anita. She was bumped at the start,
as she was in her previous race, the Grade 1
Chandelier on September 29.
"The bump in the Chandelier was bad," Biancone
said. "The other one was just a little one. She ran
a good race that day and we got a chance to give her
a break. She's had some time and she's coming back.
"I know the Santa Ynez is a tough race, but we'll
take a chance."
Based on her prior starts, Beholder was actually expected to run in the
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint but her connections opted for the Juvenile Fillies
and the bay miss got the job done while going 1 1/16 miles for the first time.
She brought an 11-length allowance score going six furlongs into the
Breeders' Cup and also just missed by a nose in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante at
seven furlongs, so the Santa Ynez cutback to 6 1/2 furlongs should hold no
surprises for the sophomore daughter of Henny Hughes.
Beholder has been working up a storm at Santa Anita since her championship
run, getting a bullet five furlongs in :58 4/5 on January 4 and most recently
touring three-quarters in 1:13 on January 11.
Trainer Bob Baffert probably summed it up the best when he said," You can't
avoid Beholder forever," while speaking of his Santa Ynez entrant, Lady Rosamond.
The Keyed Entry lass was second in her debut at Santa Anita on October 21
before gutting out a nose decision to break her maiden at Hollywood Park on
November 17. The bay filly closed out her juvenile campaign with a nose second
in an allowance on New Year's Eve and, like many in this field, will be making
her stakes bow in the Santa Ynez.
|Really Mr Greely tops a field of five in the San Pedro
Lady Rosamond will see some familiar faces in the Santa Ynezand.
Imwiththeblonde beat Lady Rosamond by 4 1/2 lengths to break her maiden while
Dawn's Charm was four lengths behind in fifth when Lady Rosamond captured her
Imwiththeblonde, who worked a half-mile at Santa Anita in :48 1/5 on Friday,
came back to be second in a December 7 allowance at Hollywood. Dawn's Charm, on
the other hand, earned her first triumph on December 14 in a runaway 10
Small Moves and Blushing Angel are also maiden winners trying a stakes for
the first time while dual stakes-placed Renee's Titan completes the Santa Ynez
Earlier on Santa Anita's holiday card, five three-year-old colts and geldings
will line up in the $75,000
Pedro going six furlongs. Really Mr Greely is the only one in the field with
prior stakes experience as the dark bay son of Horse Greeley captured the Grade
3 Hollywood Prevue on November 22 before falling back to be ninth in the Grade 1
CashCall Futurity last out on December 15.
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