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.
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The only thing Spendthrift Farm’s Beholder had left to chase last year was her own legacy.
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.
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.
A little more than three weeks out from their upcoming showdown in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), champions Beholder and Songbird went about their business minutes apart during the earliest morning workout session at Santa Anita Park.
The budding rivalry between champions Beholder and Stellar Wind will see its third round Oct. 1 in the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Two of racing's biggest stars—California Chrome and Beholder—will make their final starts before the Breeders' Cup on the Oct. 1 Santa Anita Park card as they take advantage of the opportunity to prep at the site of this year's World Championships.
After Beholder's last timed workout in preparation for the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I), just more than a week out from the Oct. 1 race, trainer Richard Mandella said she is ready to take on Stellar Wind in a rematch of champions.
Images from weekend performances by Tepin and The Pizza Man, as well as Breeders' Cup Win And You're In races and a special guest towards the end!
Record-setting Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Arrogate fired off a bullet half-mile drill Sept. 17 at Santa Anita Park, where champions Beholder and Stellar Wind also posted workouts.
Claire Novak recaps Day 3 of the Keeneland September yearling sale, including a look at some of the top sellers, and an overall look at Book 1. Also includes comments from Geoffrey Russell. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency
Clarkland Farm hit another home run at the Keeneland September yearling sale when a half brother to three-time champion Beholder and to grade I winner and sire Into Mischief was purchased by M. V. Magnier for Coolmore interests for $3 million.
After her second work since a second-place run in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), trainer Richard Mandella is leaning toward running Spendthrift Farm's Beholder in the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
California Chrome streaked to a five-length win over Beholder and Dortmund in Saturday's TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club to earn a spot in this fall's Breeders' Cup Classic.
Barn CC on the Del Mar backside had a party-like atmosphere Sunday morning—with a large group of connections and fans huddled around the 2014 Horse of the Year's stall—following what Sherman called the best performance of his career.
The margin was insignificant, because the field never had a chance against California Chrome Aug. 20 in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I).
With fingers crossed seemingly all across the country from fans hoping for a clash of West Coast superstars Aug. 20 in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), the stage is finally set.
Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked a half-mile in :47 Aug. 16 at Del Mar, prepping to defend her title in the Aug. 20 TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I).
California Chrome worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 at Los Alamitos the morning of Aug. 14. The colt will ship to Del Mar Aug. 15 for Del Mar's TVG Pacific Classsic (gr. I) Aug. 20.
Trainer Richard Mandella has confirmed Spendthrift Farm's champion Beholder for the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), a race for which California Chrome and Dortmund are also pointing, Aug. 20 at Del Mar.
After Beholder's first workout since a second-place run in the Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I), trainer Richard Mandella is still mulling over whether to send the three-time champion to defend her title in the Aug. 20 Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar.
Del Mar has never offered an elite race restricted to 3-year-olds and continues to see young stars ship east for lucrative purses.
The two champions were head-and-head from the five-sixteenths pole July 30 in the Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I) at Del Mar, but Stellar Wind outdueled her rival to the wire to win by a half-length, ending an eight-race win streak for Beholder.
Stellar Wind's connections are trying three-time champion Beholder again, after a non-threatening second-place run in the Vanity Mile (gr. I) last time out.
- By Steve Haskin
Just as rare is the scenario that is about to unfold. Boy vs. boy on top of boy vs. boy vs. girl; all three with serious designs on Horse of the Year honors, and two of the three already virtual shoo-ins for the Hall of Fame.
Three-time champion Beholder July 24 worked five furlongs in :59 1/5 at Del Mar and seemingly could not have done it easier.
Three breakdowns within a span of 10 minutes marred the early training session at Del Mar on a hazy morning July 23, forcing Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella to postpone a scheduled breeze for three-time champion Beholder.
Three-time champion mare Beholder went through a business-like workout July 17 at Del Mar, where she covered seven furlongs in company in 1:27 under gray skies with regular rider Gary Stevens at the controls and trainer Richard Mandella looking on.
Stellar Wind, champion 3-year-old filly of 2015, worked six furlongs in company under Victor Espinoza July 10 at Santa Anita Park in 1:14 1/5 in preparation for a rematch with Beholder in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar July 30.
Champions Beholder and Songbird both worked July 9 at Santa Anita Park toward top-level summer affairs on opposite coasts.
Tarabilla Farms' Melatonin, now three-for-three at Santa Anita Park in 2016 after his second grade I win of the year June 25 in the Gold Cup, came out of the 1 1/4-mile race in good order, according to trainer David Hofmans June 26.
Breeders enjoy Beholder's talents from the farm.
|Trainer||Richard E. Mandella|
|Jockey||Gary L. Stevens|
|Owner||Spendthrift Farm LLC|
|Beholder View Five-Cross Pedigree||Henny Hughes||Hennessy|
|Leslie's Lady||Tricky Creek|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Spendthrift Farm||Clarkland Farm||$180,000|