04/21/2015 9:39AM

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Barbara D. Livingston
As of Sunday, Beholder has only three rivals confirmed as starters for Saturday's Zenyatta Stakes.

With Richard Hamel aboard, Lord Rosberg broke alertly, dueled with Sedin through honest interior fractions of 22.23 and 45.46 seconds before he started to inch away on the stretch turn. Under confident handling,  he held a half-length advantage over Sedin heading into the stretch and never looked threatened by Merlot, who made a late move to get up for second.  Forestry’s Devil, last early after getting away poorly, made an early move to get into contention, but was unable to sustain his bid and finished third.

“He’s a real nice horse with a nice cruising speed,” said Hamel.  “We were going pretty fast early, but he was relaxed, and I had a lot of horse the whole way.