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).
With trainer Richard Mandella watching from the Santa Anita Park grandstand, the three-time champion started from the five-eighths pole under jockey Gary Stevens, scooted by workmate White Rock Lake on the inside in the stretch, and continued past the wire to log six furlongs in 1:14 2/5. Mandella had the daughter of Henny Hughes to the wire in 1:01.
"What we wanted—very nice. I said last week, that was the big work," Mandella said of Beholder's :59 1/5, five-furlong drill Oct. 20. "This was meant to be a tune-up. Looked really good."
Other Breeders' Cup workers during the second of three exercise sessions had to wait out a significant delay when Wahine Warrior collapsed in the clubhouse turn during a gallop out that followed a work.
Frosted was the headliner after the incident, and cruised through an easy half-mile in :48 flat. He joined California Chrome (six furlongs, 1:12 1/5 at Los Alamitos Race Course) and Melatonin (five furlongs in :59 3/5 at Santa Anita) as workers for the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Nyquist is also scheduled to work in the final session at Santa Anita.
Other Breeders' Cup workers during the second session included What a View (Mile, five furlongs in 1:03 1/5), Big Score (Juvenile Turf, five furlongs in 1:00 2/5), and Gomo (Filly & Mare Sprint, six furlongs in 1:15 flat).