Stellar Wind, fresh from winning the Grade I Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park Friday in her 2017 debut, will be pointed to the Grade I Beholder Mile at Santa Anita on June 3, according to Larry Benavidez, assistant to trainer John Sadler.
“The Beholder is a logical spot, it’s a Grade I at her home track and that’s our goal,” Benavidez said Saturday morning. “It’s a no-brainer.”
Stellar Wind, champion three-year-old filly of 2015 and two-time conqueror of four-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder, is a five-year-old daughter of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin owned by Sadler’s principal clients, Kosta and Peter Hronis.
The Apple Blossom was her first race since the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita last Nov. 5, when she finished fourth behind Beholder.
Also possible for the Beholder Mile are two-time champion Songbird, Finest City, female sprint champion of 2016, and streaking graded stakes winner Vale Dori, who captured the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes last out on March 18.
Two-time champion Songbird worked three furlongs Saturday morning under exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez in 36.60 as she prepares for her four-year-old debut, possibly in the Grade I Beholder Mile on June 3.
“If all works out, she could be ready for that, if everything’s going the way it’s going right now,” said Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer.
Songbird galloped out four furlongs in 49 flat.
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