Claiborne Farm’s 3-year-old filly Bendable is poised to make her graded stakes debut Saturday when she takes on seven older fillies and mares in the 36th running of the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2).
“She just won a small stakes at Los Alamitos and she is now three for four, so we thought she deserved a chance,” trainer Richard Mandella said of the decision to come to Keeneland from his Southern California base.
The homebred Horse Greeley filly did not make her debut until this June, cruising to a 3¾-length victory at Santa Anita.
“She had a little chip in an ankle and we just gave her time,” Mandella said of the delayed debut for Bendable.
The TCA is a “Win and You’re In” challenge race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, but Mandella is not thinking about that event.
“We may consider leaving her here for the (Grade 2, $250,000 Lexus) Raven Run (on Oct. 22),” Mandella said. “But first things first for now.”
Mandella will have plenty on his plate Breeders’ Cup Weekend anyway with the likes of three-time Eclipse Award winner and $5 million earner Beholder for the $2 million Distaff (G1) on Nov. 4.
Beholder, who has compiled a record of 25-17-6-0 in her career, finished second to Stellar Wind in last week’s Zenyatta (G1), beaten a neck.
“She’s doing well,” Mandella said. “(The loss) was a little disappointing, but she has done so much for us you can’t complain and she still is running very well.”