Beholder Works Four Furlongs Under Gary Stevens

Beholder Works Four Furlongs Under Gary Stevens

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On the morning of March 18th, the three-time Eclipse award winner Beholder worked four furlongs at Santa Anita with regular rider Gary Stevens in the saddle.

The six-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes, who went unbeaten in five races last year including the Pacific Classic (gr. I), went the distance in :48.40 and was given the rare term “breezing” to describe the effortless way that she worked.

“This is the first time I’ve been on her (to work this year),” Stevens was quoted as saying in the Santa Anita Stable Notes for March 18th. “But I’ve been watching her work.”

“She looks different, she feels different, she’s stronger, smarter. Dick (Beholder’s trainer Richard Mandella) wanted her to go 48 and change, she went in 48 and two, galloped out (five furlongs) in a minute, and out three-quarters in (one) 15, pulling up, so she’s coming along good. She’s happy, I’m happy.”

“She made my day.”

Richard Mandella was also very pleased with Beholder’s workout. “I couldn’t be happier with how she’s going,” Mandella said. “She couldn’t be doing better. I had her going a half in 48 and galloping out (five furlongs) in a minute and four-fifths.”

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