G1 Beholder Mile Saturday @ SA

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stark
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Thu May 31, 2018 4:40 pm

Thanks Doug for ensuring the race would go for $400,000.....

1 Munny Spunt (FL) 4/F L K Frey 121 D F O'Neill 30/1
2 Mopotism (KY) 4/F L G Franco 121 D F O'Neill 15/1
3 La Force (GER) 4/F L D Van Dyke 121 P Gallagher 20/1
4 Paradise Woods (KY) 4/F L F Prat 123 R E Mandella 2/1
5 Vale Dori (ARG) 6/M L R Bejarano 121 B Baffert 4/1
6 Unique Bella (PA) 4/F L M E Smith 121 J Hollendorfer 3/5
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Thu May 31, 2018 5:06 pm

What was this race called previously? I hope they haven't booted some notable horse to the curb in order to name a race for Beholder. It's not that she doesn't deserve to have a race named after her, but I'm still peevish about the Lady's Secret being renamed the Zenyatta. :x
Again, Zen absolutely deserves to have a race named for her...several, maybe...but Lady's Secret was a great race mare. Can we not find a way to honor a horse without removing the honor from another HOF'r? :roll:

ETA: It's a small field, but a pretty nice one. I'd like to see Unique Bella recover her best form.
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Thu May 31, 2018 5:09 pm

I think it was the Vanity.
No harm done.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Thu May 31, 2018 5:14 pm

Yeah, the TVG dudes just cleared that up for me. But if I heard correctly, the Vanity was nine furlongs. I wonder why they cut it back to eight, because Beholder was much more than a miler.
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Thu May 31, 2018 5:46 pm

Looks like it was shortened up in 2016, the year Beholder won it.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Thu May 31, 2018 5:49 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Yeah, the TVG dudes just cleared that up for me. But if I heard correctly, the Vanity was nine furlongs. I wonder why they cut it back to eight, because Beholder was much more than a miler.
Vanity was a mare but since the race had such a strong association with Hollywood Park, it was inevitable that Santa Anita would change the name. The last year it was known as the Vanity, it had been shortened to a mile and was known as the Vanity Mile and was won by Beholder.

As for the Lady’s Secret that is a proprietary thing as the Oak Tree Racing Association owns the name, as well as all the other stakes that were run at their old meets at Santa Anita. Ironically, the OTRA had temporarily changed the name to the Zenyatta, effective 2010, but when the Mosses decided to bring her back, they objected to the name change, lest Zenyatta win a race named for her, so the name stayed the Lady’s Secret. Once it became apparent that Santa Anita no longer wanted to be Oak Tree’s landlord, Santa Anita either had to buy the names or change them. For one year SA leased the names. After that, they changed them all and the Lady’s Secret became the Zenyatta once and for all. I’m at least as upset over the Ancient Title.
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Thu May 31, 2018 6:43 pm

Thanks for the background, Curtis. That jogged my memory about the whole Oak Tree/Santa Anita friction affecting some stakes races.
It's too bad that money and/or politics has such an impact on historic race names. :oops:
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Thu May 31, 2018 11:35 pm

I'm not really sure who I like here; they all have question marks. Unique Bella will obviously go favored but she's no sure thing as she showed in her last in the Apple Blossom (or even the Breeders' Cup a few starts back). Paradise Woods is talented but wildly inconsistent. Vale Dori is usually very consistent but comes off of an off-the-board effort and Baffert has mentioned about her maybe needing a few outings to return to her best form.
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Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:52 am

This is a small but select field. Hard to figure out the top three -- can any take back?
I ran marathons. I saw the Taj Mahal by Moonlight. I drove Highway 1 in a convertible. I petted Zenyatta.
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Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:16 am

Cheering for the grey beast!
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Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:37 pm

I see that Mopotism is a scratch.
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Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:01 pm

Well, that was too easy. 'Bella just treated those other graded stakes winners like they were allowance mares. :oops:
I would guess that her next race will step up a bit in distance, especially if the Distaff is the year-end goal.
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Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:58 pm

Wow that was quite a performance from Unique Bella, but also La Force (GER)! Was this her first start on dirt? By a son of Oasis Dream and out of a granddaughter of Monsun she's got a pretty turfy pedigree, and I remember seeing her in a few turf races. Connections must be delighted, she was coming in like a freight train.
A filly named Ruffian...

Eine Stute namens Danedream...

Une pouliche se nommant Trêve...

Kincsem nevű kanca...


And a Queen named Beholder
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Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:07 pm

Unique Bella is just awesome.
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Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:20 pm

Yeah, but she sounds like she is no picnic to ride. TVG interviewed Mike after the race, and it was kinda entertaining listening to him describe all the different reasons she will find to act up. She's "sensitive." :roll:
If he asks her to do something before she gets in the gate, she might do it. Ask her after she gets in and she will "squat down."
And trying to get her to rate during a race is completely a maybe-I-will-but-probably-I-won't situation for the jock.
I love her, but she's kind of a head case. A big, strong bully of a filly. :lol:
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Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:41 pm

Chip off the old block. Nuts, big, beautiful, talent galore.
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Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:39 am

103 BSF
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:02 pm

ARCADIA, Calif. – Unique Bella may be racing in a resort town near you this summer.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is targeting the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on July 29 for Unique Bella after the 4-year-old filly’s impressive win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Beholder Mile at Santa Anita.

In the winner’s circle Saturday, Hollendorfer mentioned a race at Saratoga as another possibility this summer. The most prestigious race for older fillies and mares at that meeting is the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Stakes on Aug. 25.

The $300,000 Clement Hirsch at 1 1/16 miles and the $700,000 Personal Ensign at 1 1/8 miles are key preps for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:35 pm

stark wrote:ARCADIA, Calif. – Unique Bella may be racing in a resort town near you this summer.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is targeting the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on July 29 for Unique Bella after the 4-year-old filly’s impressive win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Beholder Mile at Santa Anita.

In the winner’s circle Saturday, Hollendorfer mentioned a race at Saratoga as another possibility this summer. The most prestigious race for older fillies and mares at that meeting is the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Stakes on Aug. 25.

The $300,000 Clement Hirsch at 1 1/16 miles and the $700,000 Personal Ensign at 1 1/8 miles are key preps for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3.
Given Dorf's affinity for the Emerald Distaff, I thought maybe he'd send her up here. Del Mar or Saratoga are nice too. ;)
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