Beholder Mile Stakes

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Beholder Mile Stakes
Grade I race
Location Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, California, USA
Moved from the now closed Hollywood Park Racetrack
Inglewood, California, United States
Inaugurated 1940
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.santaanita.com
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track left-handed
Qualification Fillies & Mares, Three-years-old & Up
Weight Allowance
Purse $400,000 (2016)[1]

The Beholder Mile Stakes (formerly the Vanity Handicap) is a Grade I American Thoroughbred horse race for fillies and mares aged three and up. It is run on the dirt each year in June at Santa Anita Park. Prior to 2014, it was run at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California.

History[edit]

Inaugurated in 1940, the format of the race has changed several times. Originally an open handicap for fillies and mares aged three years and up, in 1987 it was changed to an invitational handicap for selected fillies and mares. Over the next three decades, the race switched between open handicap and invitational handicap formats. In 2014, it was changed from the handicap format to a weight-for-age race with allowances for horses who had not recently won a graded stakes race.[2] In 2016 it was announced that the race would be renamed the Vanity Mile and the distance reduced accordingly. In 2017 it was announced that the race would be renamed after the Champion Mare Beholder.[3][1]

The race is normally run on dirt, except between 2007 and 2013 when Hollywood Park used a synthetic Cushion Track surface.[1]

The race has been contested at various distances:

  • 1 mile - 1940; 2016-present;
  • 1 116 miles - 1941, 1944–1949, 1951–1953;
  • 1 18 miles - 1950, 1954–1985, 1988–2015;
  • 1 14 miles - 1986–1987.

The race was not run in 1942 and 1943 due to wartime restrictions.

Records[edit]

Time record:

Most wins:

Winners of the Beholder Mile Stakes since 1972[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Weight
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2016 Beholder 6 123 Gary Stevens Richard E. Mandella Spendthrift Farm 1:35.97
2015 My Sweet Addiction 5 119 Mike E. Smith Martin F. Jones Pamela C. Ziebarth 1:49.73
2014 Iotapa 4 119 Joseph Talamo John W. Sadler Hronis Racing 1:47.64
2013 Byrama (GB) 4 117 Gary Stevens Simon Callaghan Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners 1:51.40
2012 Love Theway Youare 4 115 Garrett Gomez Myung Kwon Cho Myung Kwon Cho 1:51.10
2011 Blind Luck 4 123 Garrett K. Gomez Jerry Hollendorfer Hollendorfer/Dedomenico/Carver/Abruzzo 1:50.89
2010 Zenyatta 6 129 Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss 1:49.01
2009 Zenyatta 5 129 Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss 1:48.15
2008 Zenyatta 4 124 Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss 1:49.51
2007 Nashoba's Key 4 118 Joe Talamo Carla Gaines Warren B. Williamson 1:48.83
2006 Hollywood Story 5 118 David R. Flores John Shirreffs George Krikorian 1:48.55
2005 Splendid Blended 3 120 Jerry D. Bailey Neil D. Drysdale Peter Vegso Racing 1:49.33
2004 Victory Encounter 4 116 Alex Solis John W. Sadler Tom Mankiewicz 1:48.28
2003 Azeri 5 127 Mike E. Smith Laura de Seroux A. Paulson Living Trust 1:48.48
2002 Azeri 4 125 Mike E. Smith Laura de Seroux A. Paulson Living Trust 1:48.88
2001 Gourmet Girl 6 119 Gary Stevens Pico Perdomo Gary A. Tanaka 1:49.21
2000 Riboletta 5 123 Chris McCarron Eduardo Inda Aaron & Marie Jones 1:48.54
1999 Manistique 4 122 Chris McCarron John Shirreffs 505 Farms 1:48.06
1998 Escena 5 124 Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson 1:48.00
1997 Twice the Vice 5 121 Chris McCarron Ronald W. Ellis Martin & Pam Wygod 1:46.40
1996 Jewel Princess 4 120 Corey Nakatani Wallace Dollase Richard & Martha Stephen 1:47.00
1995 Private Persuasion 4 114 Gary Stevens Dan Hendricks Martin & Pam Wygod 1:48.20
1994 Potridee 5 114 Alex Solis Ron McAnally L. Grimm 1:48.08
1993 Re Toss 6 115 Ed Delahoussaye Henry M. Moreno Arthur & Larry Risdon 1:47.92
1992 Paseana 5 127 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Sidney H. Craig 1:48.06
1991 Brought To Mind 4 120 Pat Valenzuela Ron McAnally Tadahiro Hotehama 1:48.50
1990 Gorgeous 4 124 Ed Delahoussaye Neil D. Drysdale Robert N. Clay 1:48.20
1989 Bayakoa 5 125 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Ron McAnally Janis & Frank Whitham 1:47.20
1988 Annoconnor 4 114 Corey Black John Gosden Fink & Gottlieb 1:49.20
1987 Infinidad 5 113 Corey Black Charles E. Whittingham Arthur B. Hancock III 2:00.60
1986 Magnificent Lindy 4 116 Chris McCarron Neil Drysdale Paula L. Tucker 2:02.00
1985 Dontstop Themusic 5 118 Angel Cordero, Jr. Randy Winick Mr. & Mrs. Albert Broccoli 1:47.80
1984 Princess Rooney 4 120 Eddie Delahoussaye Neil Drysdale Paula L. Tucker 1:46.20
1983 A Kiss for Luck 4 114 Chris McCarron Jerry Fanning Paula L. Tucker 1:49.20
1982 Sangue 4 120 Bill Shoemaker Henry M. Moreno Craig B. Singer 1:48.00
1981 Track Robbery 5 120 Patrick Valenzuela Robert L. Wheeler Summa Stable 1:47.00
1980 It's In The Air 4 120 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm 1:47.00
1979 It's In The Air 3 113 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm 1:47.40
1978 Afifa 4 113 Bill Shoemaker Gene Cleveland Swiftsure Stable 1:46.40
1977 Cascapedia 4 129 Sandy Hawley Gordon C. Campbell Bernard J. Ridder 1:47.60
1976 Miss Toshiba 4 120 Fernando Toro Thomas A. Pratt Robert Sangster 1:48.00
1975 Dulcia 6 118 Bill Shoemaker Charles E. Whittingham Helen G. Stollery 1:47.40
1974 Tallahto 4 126 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Charles E. Whittingham Elizabeth A. Keck 1:47.00
1973 Convenience 5 121 John L. Rotz Willard L. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 1:47.80
1972 Convenience 4 121 Jerry Lambert Willard L. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 1:47.80

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1971 : Hi Q.
  • 1970 : Commissary
  • 1969 : Desert Law
  • 1968 : Gamely
  • 1967 : Desert Love
  • 1966 : Khal Ireland
  • 1965 : Jalousie
  • 1964 : Star Maggie
  • 1963 : Table Mate
  • 1962 : Linita
  • 1961 : Perizade
  • 1960 : Silver Spoon
  • 1959 : Zevs Joy
  • 1959 : Tender Size
  • 1958 : Annie-Lu-San
  • 1957 : Annie-Lu-San
  • 1956 : Mary Machree
  • 1955 : Countess Fleet
  • 1954 : Bubbley
  • 1953 : Fleet Khal
  • 1952 : Two Lea
  • 1951 : Bewitch
  • 1950 : Next Move
  • 1949 : Silver Drift
  • 1948 : Hemet Squaw
  • 1947 : Honeymoon
  • 1946 : Be Faithful
  • 1945 : Busher
  • 1944 : Happy Issue
  • 1943 : WW II - No race held
  • 1942 : WW II - No race held
  • 1941 : Painted Veil
  • 1940 : Etolia
* Run in two divisions in 1959.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Stakes Race Profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Santa Anita Media Guide" (PDF). www.santaanita.com. pp. 18–19. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Santa Anita Renames Vanity to 'Beholder Mile'". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 20 April 2017.