Beholder

2013 G1W

Pedigree

Beholder   Henny Hughes Hennessy
Meadow Flyer
Leslie's Lady Tricky Creek
Crystal Lady

Sale History

Year Sale Hip# Type Price Buyer Consignor
2011 KEESEP 962 Y $180,000 Spendthrift Farm Clarkland Farm

Recent Races

Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I)

BREEDERS' CUP DISTAFF (gr. I), Santa Anita Park, November 01, 2013, $2,000,000 Guaranteed, value of race $2,000,000, 3 yo's & up, 1 1/8 miles, 1:47.77 Dirt FT.

BEHOLDER (Bay Filly , 4 yo, 121 lb) $1,100,000
Henny Hughes —Leslie's Lady , by Tricky Creek
B—Clarkland Farm , KY ; O—Spendthrift Farm LLC ; T—Richard E. Mandella

Close Hatches (Dark Bay or Brown Filly , 4 yo, 121 lb) $360,000
First Defence —Rising Tornado , by Storm Cat
B—Millsec, Ltd. , KY ; O—Juddmonte Farms, Inc. ; T—William I. Mott

Authenticity (Bay Mare , 7 yo, 124 lb) $200,000
Quiet American —Court of Appeal , by Deputy Minister
B—Dixiana Stables Inc , KY ; O—Padua Stables ; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Margins: 4¼, 1¾, 2¼ . Others: Royal Delta 124 ($120,000) , Street Girl 121 ($60,000) , Princess of Sylmar 121 . Winning Jockey, Gary L. Stevens.

Breeders' Cup Distaff Recap

If Beholder has a theme song, it is probably the Beach Boys’ classic “California Girls.” Racing over her favorite track, Santa Anita Park, last year’s champion juvenile filly racked up her fifth grade I win at the Arcadia oval and vaulted herself to a possible Eclipse Award by decimating a select field that included defending champion older female Royal Delta and the pro tem leader of the 3-year-old filly division, Princess of Sylmar.

A $180,000 purchase at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale for B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, Beholder is one of 20 stakes winners sired by Henny Hughes, who has had a very good fall with five other stakes winners—four of them first-time stakes winners—emerging since the beginning of September. The best of them is Keiai Leone (out of Most Remarkable, by Marquetry), who won the Sirius Stakes (Jpn-III) on Sept. 28.

Sired by the Storm Cat horse Hennessy out of the Meadowlake mare Meadow Flyer, Henny Hughes won the 2005 Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) and was second in three grade I juvenile races including the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. At 3, the colt proved to be the best sprinter of his crop, winning the King’s Bishop Stakes (gr. I) and Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) for Zabeel Racing International before ending his career with a luckless last-place run in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I).

Retired to Darley for 2007, Henny Hughes got off to a slower start than expected at stud but did get Japanese grade III winner Henny Hound in his first crop and 2011 Sapling Stakes (gr. III) winner She Digs Me in his second; Beholder is a member of his third crop. Third on the third-crop sire list in 2012, Henny Hughes stood the 2013 Northern Hemisphere season at Walmac Farm for $7,500 under lease from his then owner, Australia’s Rangeview Stud, which purchased the stallion in July 2012. The 10-year-old stallion has recently been sold to Yushun Company to stand in Japan.

Beholder was bred by Fred and Nancy Mitchell’s Clarkland Farm, which chose Henny Hughes as a mate for their mare Leslie’s Lady based on their success with another Storm Cat grandson, the late Harlan’s Holiday. Bred to Harlan’s Holiday in 2004, Leslie’s Lady produced Into Mischief, winner of the 2007 CashCall Futurity (gr. I) and now a stallion at Spendthrift. Third on the first-crop sire list in 2012, Into Mischief appears headed for a top-five finish on the 2013 second-crop sire list thanks to six 2013 stakes winners, including Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner Goldencents.

A daughter of Tricky Creek and the winning Stop the Music mare Crystal Lady (a half sister to stakes winners Malcoha and Melanyhasthepapers), Leslie’s Lady won the listed Hoosier Debutante Stakes as a juvenile of 1998. Prior to Beholder, the best racehorse produced by the family had been 1991 Californian Stakes (gr. I) winner Roanoke, a Pleasant Colony half brother to Crystal Lady’s dam, the stakes-placed One for All mare One Last Bird.

Leslie’s Lady’s youngest foal of racing age is the unraced 2-year-old colt Head Quarters (by Curlin), a $300,000 purchase by Juddmonte Farms at the 2012 Keeneland September sale. She was barren in 2012, produced a filly by Curlin in 2013, and is in foal to Eskendereya.

“Curlin is a magnificent individual, and I thought he was one of the best racehorses we’d had in recent years, plus he added some bone to the mare,” said Fred Mitchell. “The filly we have is just gorgeous; if nothing goes wrong, she will probably be offered at the 2014 Keeneland September sale. And of course Eskendereya goes back to Storm Cat, so we have high hopes for the foal Leslie’s Lady is carrying now.”

Henny Hughes has 20 career stakes winners, including six new black-type winners in 2013. Other added-money winners include Henny’s Princess, Indian Blue, Morning Line Wiz, Our Little Hen, Nana Anna, and The Star Of Geely. By Avalyn Hunter

Zenyatta S. (gr. I)

ZENYATTA S. (gr. I), Santa Anita Park, September 28, 2013, $250,000 Guaranteed, value of race $250,500, 3 yo's & up, 1 1/16 miles, 1:42.11 Dirt FT.

BEHOLDER (Bay Filly , 4 yo, 121 lb) $150,000
Henny Hughes —Leslie's Lady , by Tricky Creek
B—Clarkland Farm , KY ; O—Spendthrift Farm LLC ; T—Richard E. Mandella

Authenticity (Bay Mare , 7 yo, 119 lb) $50,000
Quiet American —Court of Appeal , by Deputy Minister
B—Dixiana Stables Inc , KY ; O—Padua Stables ; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Joyful Victory (Gray or Roan Mare , 6 yo, 121 lb) $30,000
Tapit —Wild Lucy Black , by Wild Again
B—William D. Graham , ON ; O—Fox Hill Farms, Inc. ; T—J. Larry Jones

Margins: 1¼, 2¼, 2½ . Others: Flashy American 119 ($15,000) , More Chocolate 119 ($5,000) , Via Villaggio 119 ($250) , Include Me Out 119 ($250) . Winning Jockey, Gary L. Stevens.