A field of 9 two-year-old fillies went to post in the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Executiveprivilege was the 3-2 favorite off wins in the Del Mar Debutante (G1) and Chandelier (G1), over 7-2 Beholder, the Del Mar Debutante runner-up, and 9-2 Dreaming of Julia, winner of the Meadow Star and the Frizette (G1).
Beholder leads downs the stretch
Jockey Garrett Gomez sent Beholder to the lead and she set fractions of 22.62, 46.47, and 1:11.00 while stalked by 11-2 Kauai Katie. Entering the stretch Beholder opened up a 2 length lead through 1 mile in 1:36.89, and easily held off late-running Executiveprivilege to win by 1 length in 1:43.61. It was a long 4 1/4 lengths back to Dreaming of Julia third.
Beholder wins the Juvenile Fillies.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show
1 Beholder Gomez 9.80 4.60 3.00
2 Executiveprivilege Bejarano 3.40 2.40
5 Dreaming of Julia Velazquez 3.20
Winning Time: 1:43.61
$1 Exacta 1-2 13.30
$1 Trifecta 1-2-5 57.60
$1 Superfecta 1-2-5-8 118.60
Left: Beholder heads to the winner's circle. Jockey Garrett Gomez said, "We figured to be on the lead unless someone did something, and she ran just to her style. She's super fast, and she relaxed as much as I wanted her to. I tried to sneak away a little on the turn for home, and at first she did it, but then she acted like she hit a wall and I got a little nervous. But when the other filly (Executiveprivilege) came to her, she kicked on and gave me another gear. I guess she was just playing possum with me."
Right: Beholder returns to the barn after the race. Trainer Richard Mandella said, "She ran her heart out. About 100 yards out I was concerned, but I saw her dig in and you could see the look in her eye that she wasn't going to give up. It was a big effort and being at her home track sure helps. I guess Santa Anita still has the magic."
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Executiveprivilege returns after the race. Jockey Rafael Bejarano said, "She got a little tired at the three-eighths, but she ran all the way. When she changed leads in the stretch, she drifted out. She did that before (in the Del Mar Debutante). But she tried. She ran all the way. We just got beat."
Right: Third place finisher Dreaming of Julia returns after the race. Trainer Todd Pletcher said, "I thought she ran a little flat. She looked a little lost going to the first turn and she got shuffled back and pushed out around the turn. She put in a nice run down the backside to get into position, but just finished evenly from there." Jockey John Velazquez added, "She just wasn't into it. She lost her focus right from the start. She would run for a little bit, then she'd stop. She'd run on the turn, then back out of it. She just didn't run her race today."
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