ARCADIA, Calif. (June 10, 2015)–Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes at 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares, three year olds and up has attracted a field of seven competitive older females, but maybe none more so than the two everyone will be trying to beat.
Grade I winner’s Beholder and Warren’s Veneda head the Adoration and will be meeting for the first time in their illustrious careers. Though both were slated to run in the Grade I Vanity May 9, Beholder was scratched when she came up with a fever a few days prior, while Warren’s Veneda ran a disappointing third as the 1-10 favorite.
Trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder was Eclipse Champion 2-year-old filly in 2012 and 3-year-old filly in 2013. Beholder, who has six Grade I wins, which include the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in 2013, has started only once this year but her 3 ¾ length win in the Santa Lucia Stakes on April 10 resulted in regular rider Gary Stevens saying, “she’s the best filly I’ve ever sat on and I’m not sure she’s not the best horse I’ve ever ridden.”
Owned by Spendthrift Farms’ B. Wayne Hughes, the 5-year-old mare by Henny Hughes out of the Tricky Creek mare, Leslie’s Lady. Beholder, back on the work-tab since May 21, has since turned in three strong drills leading into the Adoration including a bullet move on May 27 (six furlongs in 1:11.20).
Beholder is 16-11-3-0 overall with earnings of $3,416,600.
Trained by Craig Lewis and owned and bred in California by Benjamin C. Warren, Warren’s Veneda comes into the Adoration off a third place effort in the Grade I Vanity May 9, beaten one length. Warren’s Veneda began the year with a bang winning three in-a-row beginning with the Paseana Stakes Jan. 11. She followed that with her first Grade II win in the Santa Maria Feb. 14 and the 5-year-old mare became a Grade I winner in the Santa Margarita on March 14.
By Affirmative out of the Flying Continental mare More Cal Bread, Warren’s Veneda is 23-8-3-6 overall with earnings of $863,612. She will retain the services of Tyler Baze who has been up for her last seven races.
The complete field for the Adoration Stakes to be run as the 8th race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: My Monet, Gonzalo Nicolas, 119; Grandiose Tactics, Drayden Van Dyke, 119; Cast in Silver, Flavien Prat, 119; Beholder, Gary Stevens, 121; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 124; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Oscar Party, Santiago Gonzalez, 119.
The first post on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.