Champion racemare Beholder missed her first day of training for the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 20, when she spiked a slight temperature after shipping from California to Kentucky Oct. 19.
Revisit highlights from the career of Beholder.
Champion Beholder arrived in the bluegrass on a sun-splashed afternoon Oct. 19, 11 days before her engagement in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and a showdown with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
Trainer Richard Mandella got immediate feedback on his walk back to the barn following Beholder's final Santa Anita Park workout Oct. 15, in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
American Pharoah vs. Beholder! People are already buzzing. Showdowns between males and females have come in many forms over the years. read blog
- By Frank Angst
Taking a look at the four horses who won more than one BC Challenge race this year, Beholder, who won three; and two-time winners Big Blue Kitten, Honor Code, and Wild Dude. read blog
Santa Anita clockers caught American Pharoah going five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 "handily," while Beholder went the distance in 1:02 flat and was given the "breezing" label that is not often awarded in Southern California.
When you have a freak of a racehorse who just happens to have a freaky pedigree, then you have found something extra special. And that appears to be the case with Beholder. read blog
Well, all the preps are over, and now comes the waiting; first for the pre-entries, then the entries to determine the starting fields. read blog
Belmont Park, Santa Anita, Remington Park, Parx Racing, Churchill Downs, Woodbine, Laurel Park & More view slideshow
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah worked five furlongs in 1:00 at Santa Anita Park the morning of Sept. 27 as the Zayat Stables homebred continues to progress toward the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Spendthrift Farm's indefatigable 5-year-old mare was once again much the best at Santa Anita Park, taking the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) in the easiest of gallops Sept. 26.
With another run against males in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) potentially in Beholder's future, it might be easy to overlook the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 26 at Santa Anita, but that would be misguided.
As well as brilliance, Beholder has also showed rare versatility, scoring at 5 1/2, six, eight, 8 1/2, nine, and 10 furlongs.
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder turned in what might end up being her final timed workout in preparation for the Sept. 26 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) when she covered six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 Sept. 18 at Santa Anita Park.
Beholder will target the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and a potential showdown with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Ned Toffey confirmed. Her connections have also decided not to offer her at auction this year.
With temperatures touching triple digits in Southern California recently, trainer Richard Mandella took it easy on Beholder Sept. 11 at Santa Anita Park.
American Pharoah and Golden Horn both received their first losses of the season in August, but the pair maintained their two top spots in the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings.
Spendthrift Farm has set 2016 fees for two of its most popular stallions. Into Mischief's fee will rise $10,000 to $45,000 and Malibu Moon's fee of $95,000 will be the same as last year's.
- By Steve Haskin
Watching Beholder decimate her male opponents in the Pacific Classic and the aftermath on TVG and social media, it made me realize how times have changed. read blog
Beholder crushes the boys at Del Mar in the Pacific Classic and more in the August 29, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
Saratoga, Del Mar, Laurel Park, Monmouth, Arlington, Charles Town, Woodbine & More! view slideshow
Trainer Richard Mandella was still all smiles a day after Beholder devastated males in the Pacific Classic (gr. I).
The Spendthrift Farm runner toyed with the field of nine other males and pulled away to win by 8 1/4 lengths in her first start against the boys and her first start at 1 1/4 miles. She is the first female to win the race.
Trainer Richard Mandella said he'd try two-time champion Beholder against males in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), as long as she showed she was ready three weeks after her romp in the Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I).
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Pacific Classic (gr. I) featuring Beholder, Bayern, Catch a Flight, Hard Aces, and Red Vine. Watch Video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Pacific Classic (gr. I) featuring Beholder, Bayern, Catch a Flight, Hard Aces, and Red Vine. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Pacific Classic.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar. read blog
If her workout at Del Mar Aug. 17 was any indication, two-time champion Beholder is ready for the challenge when she faces males for the first time and runs farther than she's ever run in the Aug. 22 TVG Pacific Classic.
Saratoga, Monmouth, Mountaineer, Woodbine, Arlington, Del Mar, Gulfstream and More. View Slideshow
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder again showed her talent in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 1, toying with the field to win by open lengths without feeling the whip from Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens.
Spendthrift Farm's two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder and Benjamin Warren's upstart 5-year-old Warren's Veneda will take another run at each other in the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Del Mar.
A slew of graded stakes winners recorded timed workouts July 22 at Del Mar, highlighted by Spendthrift Farm's two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder.
View events from Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, Arapahoe Park, Woodbine & more! view slideshow
Beholder withstood a late charge from Warren's Veneda to comfortably win the $100,000 Adoration Stakes (gr. III) by 1 1/4 lengths June 13 at Santa Anita Park.
The highly-anticipated matchup between Beholder and Warren's Veneda was derailed in May, but the pair will get another opportunity to go at it in the $100,000 Adoration Stakes (gr. III) June 13 at Santa Anita Park.
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder recorded her first timed workout May 21 at Santa Anita Park, after an illness forced her to sit out the May 9 Vanity Stakes.
Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder was back on the Santa Anita Park track May 14, after she was scratched from the May 9 Vanity Stakes (gr. I) because of an illness.
Beholder has been scratched from the May 9 Vanity Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park because of an illness that appears similar to the one that took her out of the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) last year.
While boxing still lingers in the public's collective consciousness, a fight analogy seems the best way to describe the $300,000 Vanity Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park May 9.
Ron Winchell of Winchell Thoroughbreds talks about buying Tapit as a yearling, his evolving bloodstock strategy, and a potential matchup between Untapable and Beholder. Listen Now
Oaklawn, Keeneland, Japan, Woodbine, Santa Anita; Turf Paradise, Hawthorne and More. View Slideshow
Beholder tracked early leader Uzziel through most of the 1 1/16-mile test, then surged through the final turn and pulled away effortlessly under no urging from jockey Gary Stevens to win by 3 3/4 lengths.
Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder is set to make her return to racing in the $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes April 10 at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Richard Mandella has changed plans regarding two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder after her most recent workout April 2 at Santa Anita Park.
Beholder, the two-time champion and six-time grade I winner, went out for an easy six furlongs in 1:14 March 13, still preparing for a likely appearance in the $350,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) April 4 at Keeneland.
The stars were out for workouts in Southern California the morning of Feb. 21. California Chrome led the group with a half-mile work in :48 4/5 at his home track, Los Alamitos Racecourse.
Two-time champion Beholder could make her return to the races in the $350,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) over seven furlongs at Keeneland on April 4, according to trainer Richard Mandella.
Two-time Eclipse champion Beholder will remain with Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella for the time being as she recovers fully from a fever that forced her out of Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Spendthrift Farm's two-time champion Beholder has been scratched from the Fasig-Tipton November sale in Lexington to continue her recovery from an illness that knocked her out of the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
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