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.
Race Day, a multiple graded stakes winner in 2015 by leading sire Tapit, will stand at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in 2016 and participate in the farm's Share The Upside program.
Millionaire son of City Zip will stand for $7,500 as part of the farm's "Share the Upside" program. His one-time stud fee will be $6,000.
Spendthrift Farm confirmed Oct. 5 it is moving Court Vision and Victor's Cry from Ontario back to its Central Kentucky farm for the 2016 breeding season.
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.
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.
On a day colts by a range of established sires set the pace, a $1,525,000 Distorted Humor colt bought by Three Chimneys brought the highest price Tuesday at the Keeneland September yearling sale's second session in Lexington.
A filly sired by Coolmore's champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock was purchased by Spendthrift Farm for $1 million during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
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.
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.
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.
Young Central Kentucky stallion Tizway gained his first winner Aug. 16 when Tizzarunner won the first race at Woodbine by a nose.
David Tillson has joined the stallion sales team at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm and will primarily represent the farm in the southern region of the country.
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 Wilburn was represented by his first winner July 25, when 2-year-old filly Simply a Treasure won the fifth race at Fairmount Park.
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.
Danza, winner of the 2014 Arkansas Derby (gr. I) and third-place finisher in the subsequent Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will stand the 2016 breeding season at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm.
Grade I winner and New York-based stallion Dublin gained his first winner July 12, when 2-year-old colt Dr Blarney scored by 3 1/2 lengths in his debut in the first race at Monmouth Park.
Grade III winner and classic-placed Medal Count, a son of Dynaformer, has been retired and will stand stud in 2016 at Spendthrift Farm near Lexington as the newest participant in the farm's Share The Upside Program.
Shesthewinner became the first winner for grade I winner and classic-placed Paddy O'Prado when the 2-year-old filly won the fifth race at Gulfstream Park June 25.
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm has announced the stud fees for its Central Kentucky roster of stallions that will stand on Southern Hemisphere time, beginning Sept. 1.
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.
B. Wayne Hughes Spendthrift Farm near Lexington is the newest member of Horse Country Inc., a tourism initiative for Central Kentucky's horse farms, equine clinics, and other equine-related attractions.
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.
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.
Can the Man, a grade I-placed 2-year-old and grade III-winning 3-year-old by Into Mischief, will shuttle to Spendthrift Australia and participate in the farm's Share The Upside Program in 2015.
Sires Malibu Moon, Warrior's Reward, Temple City, Line of David, and Notional, who stand or have stood at Spendthrift Farm, all have starters in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.
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Archarcharch got on the board in a big way April 23 at Keeneland, when 2-year-old filly Tia Flor became his first winner with a 9 1/4-length victory in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight event.
A pair of $700,000 juveniles paced a solid third session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training April 23 in Ocala, Fla.
Spendthrift Australia has announced that Warrior's Reward, the grade I-winning son of Medaglia d'Oro, will be the first of its stallions to shuttle to Australia in 2015.
Co-owner Keith Brackpool reports that Rafael Bejarano will ride Bolo in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 2.
Line of David is off to a promising start to his stud career -- he is near the top of the 2015 second-crop sire list. So far he has been represented by two stakes winners: Firing Line and Cross the Line.
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.
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm has acquired Yallambee Stud in Victoria, Australia, to be the home of its new Australian Thoroughbred operation.
The Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale opened is three-day run April 7 topped by a Fastnet Rock filly sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum for $1.6 million (US$1,223,665).
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.
Vicar's in Trouble was named top accredited Louisiana-bred 3-year-old male when the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association earlier this month released results of its voting for divisional standouts of 2014.
Alchaasibiyeh, who set a world record when she sold for $3.75 million at the 1984 Keeneland July selected yearling sale, died at age 32 Thursday, March 12, at Elizabeth Mateo's Premier Sporthorses farm in Alpharetta, Ga.
Spendthrift Farm's Awesome Patriot, a stakes-winning full brother to Preakness (gr. I) winner Oxbow, sired his first reported foal just after midnight Feb. 8. The colt was born at Windhorse Thoroughbreds in Middleburgh, N.Y.
Maryland stallion Freedom Child was represented by his first two reported foals Feb. 6-7 at Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Md.
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