Beholder Upstages Royal Delta In Distaff

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Reuters
Favourite Royal Delta faded late to be thwarted in her bid to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff for a third consecutive time as filly Beholder won the feature race at Santa Anita Park on Friday.

Beholder Upstages Royal Delta In Distaff

Favourite Royal Delta faded late to be thwarted in her bid to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff for a third consecutive time as filly Beholder won the feature race at Santa Anita Park on Friday.

The Richard Mandella-trained Beholder, the top three-year-old on the West Coast who had previously won four times this season, took control by the final turn before storming down the home straight.

Close Hatches finished a distant second with Authenticity third while Royal Delta, a 7-5 favourite heading into the starting gate, finished a disappointing fourth in glorious late afternoon sunshine.

Royal Delta had been bidding to become only the second horse to win a Breeders' Cup race for a third successive time, emulating Goldikova who won the Mile in 2008, 2009 and 2010.