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2023 Del Mar Debutante Replay & Analysis | Tamara Trounces Rivals; BC Juvenile Fillies Prep Next?
Tamara (Lindsay Affleck)

2023 Del Mar Debutante Replay & Analysis | Tamara Trounces Rivals; BC Juvenile Fillies Prep Next?

Tamara won the 2023 Del Mar Debutante (G1), trouncing her rivals in a similar fashion to that of her multiple Grade 1-winning dam Beholder.

Trainer by Richard Mandella (who also handled Beholder), is Tamara the early favorite to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies? Watch the replay & get the Racing Dudes’ expert analysis, then tell us YOUR thoughts in the Comments section!

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The press release:

Spendthrift Farm’s homebred dandy Tamara put it in gear early and just kept on going in simply outrunning 11 rivals Saturday at Del Mar in the 73rd edition of the FanDuel Racing Del Mar Debutante.

The well-made daughter of the hot young sire Bolt d’Oro out of the multiple-champion mare Beholder wound up six and three-quarter lengths in front at the finish of the seven-furlong filly crucible that she covered in 1:22.41.

Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith was merely along for the ride as his filly did it all by herself in the Grade I headliner. Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella, her conditioner and also the trainer of her Hall of Fame mother, looked on happily.

Tamara, who broke her maiden at Del Mar on August 19 in her only other outing, picked up a first prize of $180,000 for her tally in the $303,500 stakes. She now has $229,200 in winnings.

Her mother, the four-time Eclipse Award winner and three-time Breeders’ Cup victress, ran in the Del Mar Debutante in 2012 and was beaten a nose by a filly named Executiveprivilege. Beholder would go on to win 13 Graded stakes, including 11 Grade Is.

Tamara paid $4.60 for $2 in this year’s version of the headliner.

Finishing second was Exline-Border Racing, et al’s Laurent, who had two and a quarter lengths on C R K Stable’s Gate to Paradise.

Tamara (Lindsay Affleck)


MIKE SMITH (Tamara, winner) – “She’s been doing things in her training that 2-year-olds aren’t supposed to do. She’s really special. She’s like her mother. You don’t see that usually. Those great mares they normally don’t have great foals. But this one might be. I just held on today. I didn’t want to fall off. She was doing it all herself. What can I say. She’s very special.”

RICHARD MANDELLA (Tamara, winner) – “Very exciting. I expected her to run good but that was a little beyond. Watching it, he (jockey Mike Smith) had so much horse he didn’t want to restrict her. He just had her do what she wanted to do. She’s very quick, so I thought he would put her right there (lay second and up close) and we both agreed to that, just see what everybody else does.”