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Beholden shows heels to the field in first out at Saratoga


Darley Stable's 2-year-old filly Beholden broke her maiden in her first start at Saratoga on Thursday against eight opponents under jockey Javier Castellano. The bay filly broke on top from the outside post, quickly assumed the lead, and was never threatened as she drew away from the field to win by 3 3/4 lengths.

Saddled by assistant trainer Brian Ange, the Cat Thief filly set a quick pace of 22.1, 46, 58.3, finishing the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:05.3. "During her last four or five breezes, she really started to show signs of being a good filly," said Ange. "Eoin always thought that she would be one of our first winners."

Purchased for $700,000 at Fasig-Tipton's February 2-year-old in training sale, Beholden was bred by Arthur I. Appleton in Florida and is out of a Show'em Slew mare. Darley representatives Jimmy Bell and David Scanlan were on hand to witness their filly's victory and were very pleased with her race.

Jockey Javier Castellano praised Beholden's performance, saying, "She's nice, real professional. She did everything right."

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