Richard Mandella was hoping for an easy half-mile training session from Beholder in her first timed work since winning the Vanity Mile (gr. I). According to his watch, she timed in at :35 after running three furlongs and was clocked in at :47 for the full half-mile.
“It looked like :49 to me,” said Mandella. “It looked like nothing. She’s pretty amazing.”
Santa Anita clockers timer her officially at :35 3/5 after three furlongs and :48 3/5 for the half-mile, which was a gallop-out past the wire.
With temperatures expected to hit three digits in the afternoon, the early session was busier than expected as trainers decided to take caution and train during the cooler half of the morning rather than risk being out in the warm temperature later.
“I’m just a little concerned about the heat when she ran and the heat coming right now,” said Mandella. “I’ve got plenty of time until (the grade I Clement L. Hirsch July 30 at Del Mar), so I’m not pressing too hard. She doesn’t need it. She’s had two races. She’s ready to go.”
Once Beholder was done with her training session, next up was the runner-up at the Vanity Mile, Stellar Wind, who trained under the watchful eye of John Sadler. She was timed by Sadler at :48, while Santa Anita clockers timed her half-mile training session at :47 4/5.
“We were happy with her first race. Victor (Espinoza) was happy. All things considered, the race was ridiculous,” said Sadler. “What’s the point of having sprinters in the race if they take a hold of them like that?”