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Spendthrift Farm homebred and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Tamara (Bolt d’Oro), sidelined with a fractured splint bone in her left hind leg after fading to seventh as the 4-5 favorite in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, has begun to gear up for her sophomore campaign.

The talented daughter of Hall of Famer Beholder (Henny Hughes) has posted a pair of two-furlong breezes for trainer Richard Mandella over Santa Anita’s all-weather surface this month, most recently stopping the timer in :23.80 (1/1) Apr. 10.

How are the initial reports so far?

“Really good,” Spendthrift Farm’s General Manager Ned Toffey replied. “You know Richard. We certainly weren’t gonna put any pressure and Richard is a guy who’s gonna give them all the time they need. She’s gotten a chance to heal up. She just needed time. There was a fracture of the splint bone on the hind leg. It wasn’t anything too dramatic, but just needed plenty of time. She got that and hopefully is ready to move forward now.”

He continued, “He’s breezed her twice now and has been very happy with what he’s seen so far. He simply said that, ‘she’s eager to do more,’ which I think is a great sign. Obviously, it will be a bit before she’s ready to run, but we know she’s in good hands. It’s enough to be excited about her 3-year-old year.”

Tamara overcame a stumble at the start from her rail draw to launch her career in style with a ‘Rising Star’ performance at Del Mar Aug. 19. She ran to the billing as the 6-5 favorite with a 6 3/4-length tour de force over 11 rivals in the GI FanDuel Racing Del Mar Debutante S. Sept. 9, good for a 91 Beyer Speed Figure. She set the pace and tired to finish a disappointing seventh, beaten 8 1/4 lengths, behind champion Just F Y I (Justify) while making her two-turn debut in the Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita Nov. 3.

“We’re still at a point where we’re gonna just continue to let her dictate to us,” Toffey said. “She’s certainly a filly who’s shown enough that she can be anything. Obviously, we’d love to see her land in the Breeders’ Cup at the end of the year, she’s the kind of filly that could put you there. Richard will listen to her and let her tell us when she’s ready to roll. Hopefully, she stays sound and we can have the kind of year that you would hope that a filly like that can give you.”

Tamara is the fourth foal from the aforementioned four-time champion and three-time Breeders’ Cup winner Beholder. Beholder’s colt by Curlin, now two, brought a sale-topping $4 million from Zedan Racing at Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga Sale last summer. Beholder has also produced 2023 GIII Senorita S. heroine Teena Ella (War Front). She had a filly by Jackie’s Warrior Feb. 13, and, according to Toffey, is currently in foal to Gun Runner for the 2025 season.

She’s here, and she’s perfect Beholder foaled a gorgeous Jackie’s Warrior filly in the early morning hours on February 13th, which also happens to be her sire’s birthday. pic.twitter.com/fKF3FhLHxV

— Spendthrift Farm (@spendthriftfarm) February 14, 2024

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