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
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
|Date||Race||Position / Horse / Points|
Vision.ae Middle Park Stakes
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Almost an Angel||Mohamed Jehaludi||
|Beholder||Richard E. Mandella||
|Ceiling Kitty (GB)||Thomas Dascombe||
|Hightail||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Kauai Katie||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Merit Man||Robert B. Hess, Jr.||
|South Floyd||Karl Broberg||
|Super Ninety Nine||Bob Baffert||
|Sweet Shirley Mae||Wesley A. Ward||
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