Richard Mandella, who once won four Breeders' Cup races in a single day, is focused on two horses this year -- and Jimmy Creed and Beholder are on course for their Breeders’ Cup engagements.
“They both worked an easy three-eighths the other day, and they’ll get a serious work next week,” Mandella said Friday. “They came out in great shape.
“Jimmy Creed is doing well and aiming for the Sprint," Mandella said. "He ran a good race here in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship, but it looked like with a little luck he could have had a better position, so I’ve got to give him another try at it.”
Previous 3-year-olds to win in 28 runnnings of Breeders' Cup Sprint are the filly Very Subtle (1987), Sheikh Albadou (1991), Reraise (1998), Squirtle Squirt (2001), Cajun Beat (2003) and Silver Train (2005).
“Beholder is intended most likely for the (Juvenile) Sprint," the trainer said. "I think she wants to sprint more than anything right now, and that’s what we’re looking at. There’s a small chance of changing our mind and going for the Juvenile Fillies, but right now it would be the Sprint.
In other Breeders' Cup news, trainer Simon Callaghan said front-running John Henry Turf Championship winner Slim Shadey (Turf) is set to work five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Sunday.
Defending Sprint champion Amazombie galloped Friday morning and will work a half-mile Saturday before sunup as is his wont for trainer Bill Spawr.
--Edited Santa Anita release with additional content by Dick Downey