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Apr 03, 2015

Beholder out of Apple Blossom


Arcadia, CA ( - Champion mare Beholder will not make her season debut in next Friday's Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park.

The 5-year-old had a disappointing workout Thursday at Santa Anita and Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella will hold her out of the 1 1/16-mile Apple Blossom.

"I was kind of half-thinking of going to Oaklawn," Mandella said, "but now I'm going to back down a little bit and point to the Vanity."

Beholder worked seven furlongs, with Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, in 1:26.80.

Beholder, owned by Spendthrift Farm, spiked a fever last October that forced her to be withdrawn from defending her title in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. She won the 2013 Distaff by 4 1/4 lengths over Close Hatches, a finalist for 2014 champion Older Female.

The mare, champion 2-year-old filly of 2012 and 2013 champion 3-year-old filly, won her second straight Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 27 at Santa Anita. She has won 10 of 15 starts, including the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, for $3,368,300.

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