Champion Stellar Wind worked six furlongs under regular rider Victor Espinoza at 6:30 Saturday morning in 1:12.80 for the Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile for fillies and mares, three and up, on June 3 at Santa Anita Park. She worked in company with Pappou, who was clocked in 1:14 flat.
“Stellar Wind looked very nice, very sharp,” said John Sadler, who trains the Eclipse Award winner as outstanding three-year-old filly of 2015 for owners Kosta and Peter Hronis.
“She's excellent,” Espinoza said after the drill. “Her work today was unbelievable, better than ever. I was really excited. She worked in company but her company couldn't keep up with her. I was behind Pappou by two lengths and left her at the quarter pole and just went on.”
Also possible for the Beholder are two-time Eclipse champion Songbird, champion female sprinter of 2016 Finest City, and streaking graded stakes winner Vale Dori.
“It will be an instant classic, it really will, with such high quality mares,” Sadler said. “The downside is you don't get horses shipping from the east, because why would they travel cross country to run against mares that tough?”
Espinoza will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, tomorrow, serving as Grand Marshall of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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