The Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar was a showcase for perhaps the top older horse on the West coast. Beholder is a five-year old daughter of Henny Hughes with 13 wins in 18 lifetime starts. Two of those wins have come in Breeders’ Cup races (2012 Juvenile Fillies, 2013 Distaff) and she currently boasts a four-race winning streak. But if you have never really taken notice, just watch the August 1 Hirsch.

The mile and a sixteenth race was supposed to be a stern test as 7 other talented females lined up in the gates. Beholder would not hear of it as she took command entering the far turn and never looked back. Winning by a widening 8 lengths, this Richard Mandella trained runner was much the best. Next up could be a shot at the boys in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Run at a mile and a quarter, Beholder could become the first female to win the richest race run on the left coast.

“I wish American Pharoah would come to the Pacific Classic because we would be in for sure,” says owner B. Wayne Hughes. “I know it would be difficult to get him. I hope we haven’t scared him off!”

The short turn around might be difficult, but Beholder has proven she certainly is something to see and has the goods to get it done.