Santa Anita Park Feb. 10 announced the stakes schedule for its upcoming spring meeting and the most notable change was a tip of the cap to one of the best mares to ever run at the Southern California track.
The only thing Spendthrift Farm’s Beholder had left to chase last year was her own legacy.
Happily clicking through three furlongs in a bullet :35 1/5 to earn the rare Southern California "breezing" designation from local clockers Dec. 15 at Santa Anita Park, Champagne Room signaled her readiness to get back to business.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will undergo hip replacement surgery next week, the legendary rider announced Dec. 13, and is unsure when or if he will return to the saddle for yet another comeback.
Three-time champion and this year's Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Beholder arrived at Spendthrift Farm near Lexington, Ky. Nov. 21 to start her new life as a broodmare.
Relive the excitement of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Longines Distaff which saw Beholder outduel Songbird in a race for the ages. Courtesy America's Best Racing
All one say is, what manner of horse is Arrogate? Two races hardly defines a career, but after an artist paints two masterpieces, one can hardly wait to see what emerges from his next blank canvas.
The racing days of Beholder have finally drawn to a close, as Spendthrift Farm officially announced the 6-year-old’s retirement Nov. 6, two days after her thrilling victory over Songbird in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I).
The beat went on, as it always does, but Richard Mandella doesn't want to think about moving on from the bay mare who gave one final brilliant display Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
It took a photo finish decided by barely an inch, but previously unbeaten champion Songbird did suffer a loss for the first time, losing to now three-time Breeders' Cup winner Beholder in the $2 million Longines Distaff (gr. I) Nov. 4.
Claire Novak recaps the epic Distaff battle between Beholder and Songbird, the highlight of Breeders' Cup Friday.
A Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) for the ages on paper played out in real time in the most dramatic and epic way.
Ten grade I wins, three Eclipse Awards, and two Breeders' Cup race victories into her career, Beholder is set to have one last chance to add to all of the above when she makes what is slated to be her final career start in the 1 1/8-miles Distaff.
Aron Wellman knows the kind of field his Curalina is up against, but embraces the opportunity to gain the first Breeders' Cup victory for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
"If somebody wants to be in front of Songbird, they can go ahead and try," said Mike Smith, a day before the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Friday’s card provides a little bit of everything, with a pair of tough, 2-year-old turf events, Dortmund getting away from California Chrome, Songbird’s attempt to remain unbeaten, and the continuing rivalry between Beholder and Stellar Wind.
One of the finest fields ever assembled for the Distaff will face off Nov. 4, as undefeated superstar Songbird duels with fellow champions Stellar Wind and Beholder, with I'm a Chatterbox and Forever Unbridled also in the mix.
Trainer Christophe Clement is still seeking his first Breeders' Cup victory, but could be situated to break through Nov. 5 in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Beholder schooling on October 31 in preparation for the 2016 Breeders' Cup.
Michael Wrona, who started his North American race-calling career at Hollywood Park, gets to call his first Breeders' Cup as the newly installed track announcer crosstown at Santa Anita.
The question arises whether or not Beholder has lost a step and no longer is capable of defeating fillies of this caliber.
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder logged what will likely be the final breeze of her career Oct. 27, in preparation for what should be her final start in the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Led by North America’s all-time leading money earner California Chrome, an all-star international cast of 185 of the world’s best Thoroughbreds, including 38 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Spendthrift Farm's two best current racehorses will almost surely make their final runs on the racetrack during the Breeders' Cup Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita Park.
Craig Dollase, who recently received 19 horses from Mick Ruis, worked one of them Oct. 15 at Santa Anita Park: Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) winner Union Strike. Grade I winner Melatonin was also on the tab.
|Date||Race||Position / Horse / Points|
Darley Alcibiades S.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Almost an Angel||Mohamed Jehaludi||
|Beholder||Richard E. Mandella||
|Broken Spell||D. Wayne Lukas||
|Dreaming of Julia||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Kauai Katie||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Renee's Queen||Eric J. Guillot||
|Spring in the Air||Mark E. Casse||
|Sweet Shirley Mae||Wesley A. Ward||
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