Champions Beholder and Stellar Wind, one-two in the Grade I Vanity Mile on June 4, could meet again in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff “Win and You’re In” Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on July 30.
Each worked four furlongs early Sunday morning at Santa Anita, Beholder getting the distance in 48.60, breezing, under Janeen Painter, while champion three-year-old female of 2015 Stellar Wind went in 47.80 for John Sadler.
Beholder was given fractional times of 23.60 and 35.60, while Stellar Wind got 24.60 for the quarter mile.
“It was an easy half,” Richard Mandella said of the drill by the six-year-old Beholder, winner of an Eclipse Award at two, three and five. The Hirsch is Beholder’s next major target.
”Very good” is how Sadler termed the move. “She came out of the Vanity very well and this was her first work back. We’re considering several races, and the Hirsch is one of them.”
Also working a half mile Sunday was Firing Line, runner-up to Triple Crown king American Pharoah in the 2015 Kentucky Derby. He was clocked in 48.60.
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