Steve Willard, who as part of Team Zenyatta earned the 2010 Special Eclipse Award, died the night of Feb. 16.
Some of the West Coast's brightest equine stars from last year are getting back into the swing of things at Santa Anita Park.
With up to two inches of rain expected Jan. 31 in Southern California, trainer Doug O'Neill moved Nyquist's regular Sunday work up a day to Jan. 30, and the champion 2-year-old male of 2015 impressed on the track once again.
The connections of Beholder, La Verdad, and Glen Hill Farm also accepted honors with quote-worthy responses Jan. 16 at the 45th annual Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park.
Beholder was named champion older dirt female Jan. 16, collecting her third career Eclipse Award, following her titles as champion 2-year-old female and champion 3-year-old female.
Wesley Ward's well-traveled Shrinking Violet will look for a repeat score in the $200,000 Monrovia Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 3, after taking the 2015 edition of the race a year ago.
Still turned out and getting some much-deserved rest at Peacefield Farm in Temecula, Calif., Spendthrift Farm's Beholder is expected to return to Richard Mandella's barn soon, the trainer said Dec. 30 at Santa Anita Park.
Two-time grade II winner Pretty N Cool was the headliner entering the $100,000 Dezi Arnaz Stakes Nov. 15 at Del Mar, but another hot prospect stole the show.
Trainer Richard Mandella said Beholder will not run in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) after being scoped the morning of Oct. 29 and discovering the mare had bled.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah walked the shedrow and did not go to the track Oct. 28, his first morning at Keeneland after arriving Oct. 27.
The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) offers no shortage of interesting storylines in a 10-horse field that includes nine group I/grade I winners.
Claire Novak shares thoughts from the Breeders' Cup Classic and Distaff post position draw. Hear thoughts from Victor Espinoza, Jerry Crawford and Richard Mandella. watch video
Claire Novak shares thoughts from the Breeders' Cup Classic and Distaff post position draw. Hear thoughts from Victor Espinoza, Jerry Crawford and Richard Mandella.
Beholder completed her serious training for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with a :59 2/5 five-furlong move Oct. 26 at Keeneland.
Second in her first U.S. graded try, Rio Dios Irmaos' homebred Baruta took a liking to the Santa Anita Park downhill turf course, claiming the $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (gr. IIIT) in convincing fashion Oct. 25.
When an overnight rain left the main track at Keeneland sloppy and sealed Oct. 25, Richard Mandella trained champion racemare Beholder over the synthetic training track and schooled in the paddock.
- By Ron Mitchell
Trainer Richard Mandella and Beholder in Keeneland's paddock Oct. 25. watch video
Trainer Richard Mandella and Beholder in Keeneland's paddock Oct. 25.
Experience could be crucial in the $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes down Santa Anita Park's signature hillside turf course Oct. 22, and Harris Farms' Velvet Mesquite has had the most success traveling down the hill.
Champion Beholder took to the track in Lexington as dawn was just creeping over the Keeneland grandstand, getting a long-awaited look at the site of her Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) run.
- By Steve Haskin
It was 15 years ago when Richard Mandella actually thought about leaving California and moving East. Obviously, that didn't last very long. read blog
The champion racemare takes in her new surroundings at Keeneland Oct. 21. watch video
The champion racemare takes in her new surroundings at Keeneland Oct. 21.
Champion racemare Beholder is feeling better Oct. 21 after a mild fever. Watch her graze at Keeneland with trainer Richard Mandella.
After being treated with antibiotics the 5-year-old racemare was bright and alert with her temperature back to normal again. She could train Oct. 22 or 23 at Keeneland.
The 5-year-old racemare's white blood cell count was only slightly elevated, and the 101.3 degree temperature she had in the early morning hours of her first day in Kentucky was likely caused by shipping.
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.
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).
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.
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.
When the earliest training session at Santa Anita Park Sept. 26 resembled a Southern California freeway during rush hour, it was a pretty good indication of how local trainers felt about the ongoing heat wave in the region.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Just more than three weeks into Del Mar's summer meet, opinions still vary on the seaside track's new dirt surface, but most seem to agree the track is beginning to show what could be its lasting form.
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.
Grade II winner Moulin de Mougin has been retired according to owners Jan Van de Bos and Robert Naify, who bred the mare and raced her in the name of their Ran Jan Racing.
Dialing back in distance proved to be the winning formula for Haras Santa Maria de Araras' Catch a Flight, who wore down longshot Appealing Tale in the final strides to take the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 25.
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.
Finnegans Wake has found success running on grass late in his career, but trainer Peter Miller feels it is time to send him back to dirt for the $500,000 Gold Cup (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park June 27.
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.
Just months after Bal a Bali beat a case of laminitis, the Brazilian Triple Crown winner's connections will continue to ask him for more in the $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) June 13 at Santa Anita Park.
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