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Beholden besmirches competition at Gulfstream

3/30/2006

Darley Stable's 3-year-old filly Beholden closed fiercely in the Gulfstream Park stretch to get up by a neck in a breathless finish in the 1-mile allowance event on Thursday under jockey Javier Castellano. The bay Cat Thief filly was much the best against her seven opponents, as she broke sharply from the outside and was kept wide throughout.

Trainer Eoin Harty said, "She was very impressive. She came from off the pace, which was new to her. She was caught between horses, which didn't seem to faze her. She was hooked wide and ran on relentlessly."

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. She broke her maiden at first asking by 3 3/4 lengths on August 18 at Saratoga going wire to wire. She finished second and third respectively in her next two outings, but showed increased maturity in winning on Thursday.

Darley CEO Jimmy Bell was on hand for the filly's victory, saying, "She stepped up nicely to the challenge. We look for bigger and better things down the road."




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