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Fun to Dream Goes for Five Straight in Beholder Mile

Beholder Mile
A field of eight line up in the $500,000 Beholder Mile at Santa Anita on Saturday. (Photo credit: © Larry Gibson | Dreamstime.com).

The Bob Baffert trained Fun to Dream goes for her fifth consecutive victory as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the $500,000 Beholder Mile at Santa Anita on Saturday.

The daughter of Arrogate has won six of her seven career starts and is one of three sent out by Baffert. The Hall of Fame trainer also saddles Ganadora (15-1) who was beaten just a nose in the La Canada (G3) last out and Midnight memories (4-1), winner of the Zenyatta (G1) last fall who was fourth in the la Brea (G1) in her last outing.

The Steve Asmussen trained Pauline’s Pearl (7-2) figures to take some action in the betting as well. She has won 7 of her 16 career starts including the 2022 La Troien (G1).

Also on Saturday’s card at Santa Anita is the $200,000 San Carlos (G3). The seven furlongs sprint drew a field of six led by Malibu (G1) runner up Forbidden Kingdom and Cigar Mile (G1) runner up Get Her Number (9-5).

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Fun to Dream Wins Santa Monica

Let’s head out to Santa Anita for Saturday’s featured race of the day:

Santa Anita Race 8 The Beholder Mile (G1) 3:59 PT

8 Fun to Dream   5-2

3 Awake at Midnight   10-1

2 Pauline’s Pearl   7-2

7 Desert Dawn   4-1


Fun to Dream

The Baffert filly comes into this race riding a four race win streak and she has won six of her seven career starts. She was an impressive winner of the Santa Monica (G2) last out over the main track here at seven furlongs. She race at the pack of the pack and came with a good late rally, drawing off to win by 2 ½ lengths. She earned a career top two back winning the La Brea (G1). She has just one trip going two turns, beating Alw-1 optional claimers back in October here. She has plenty of pedigree to handle a mile and she looks capable of moving forward off her last effort.

Awake At Midnight

This gal tracked the early pace in the Santa Monica, got clear and was no match for the winner in a runner up finish. She was beaten just ¾ of a length two back in the La Brea. She looks like she can handle a mile and looks as if she may get overlooked in the betting here. She was a good second in the Zenyatta (G2) last October over the main track here behind Midnight Memories.

Pauline’s Pearl

This mare makes her second start off the bench here for Asmussen. Off the layoff last out she caught a muddy track and won the Houston Lady Classic (G3). She is a Grade 1 winner, winning the La Troien at Churchill Downs last May. She should be tighter second off the layoff here.


WIN: Fun to Dream at 9-5 or better.

EXACTA: 8 / 2,3,7 and 3,8 / 2,3,8