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  • Aidan O'Brien hopes to claim more Breeders' Cup trophies like the one he earned in winning the 2016 Breeders' Cup Turf with Highland Reel and jockey Seamus Heffernan

    U S Navy Flag to Try Dirt, Mendelssohn Sticks With Turf

    With his Midas touch helping the stable to a record-breaking season, trainer Aidan O'Brien will veer from initial expectations with juvenile colts Mendelssohn and U S Navy Flag in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 3-4 at Del Mar.

  • Charkes Fipke leads in Forever Unbridled after her Personal Ensign score at Saratoga Race Course

    Fipke Mulls Pegasus for Distaffer Forever Unbridled

    Owner/breeder Charles Fipke has campaigned enough good horses to want to strike while the iron is hot, so if stalker Forever Unbridled shows her stuff in the Distaff, he may well send her out against males in the Pegasus in January.

  • What's Going On Here: Something's Missing

    The big preps for this year’s Breeders’ Cup have come and gone. Yet, the three biggest names for the upcoming World Championships were conspicuously missing…and missing not just from races in October—but since Labor Day.

  • Beholder wins the 2016 Vanity Mile (G1)

    Santa Anita Renames Vanity to 'Beholder Mile'

    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.

  • Beholder By a Bob

    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

  • A Mystery Horse No More

    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.

  • Beholder

    Beholder to be Bred to Uncle Mo

    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).

  • Richard Mandella greets Beholder after her Breeders' Cup Distaff victory

    Mandella: Beholder is Unlike Any Other

    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.

  • Mike Smith watches the replay after losing the Distaff by a nose on Songbird

    Songbird Loses Nothing in Defeat

    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.

  • Beholder gallops at Santa Anita Nov. 2, 2016 in preparation for her appearance in the Breeders' Cup in Arcadia, California.

    Beholder Set to Bid Farewell

    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.

  • Friday Analysis: Can They Catch Songbird?

    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.

  • Songbird will try older rivals in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

    Trio of Champions Set for Distaff Clash

    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

    Beholder, Frosted Drill at Santa Anita

    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).

  • California Chrome is expected to bring star power to this year's Breeders' Cup Classic.

    Breeders' Cup Pre-Entries Total 185

    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.

  • Songbird works Oct. 13 at Santa Anita

    Beholder, Songbird Work at Santa Anita

    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.

  • California Chrome gallops Sept. 27 at Santa Anita Park.

    Racing's Stars Set for Santa Anita Saturday

    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.

  • Beholder worked six furlongs in 1:12 3/5 Sept. 23

    Beholder Logs Final Work for Zenyatta

    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.

  • Arrogate Fires Bullet Work at Santa Anita

    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.

  • Sales Spotlight Kee Sept session 3 vid

    Keeneland September Sale Session 3 Recap

    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

  • Hip 454, a half brother to champion Beholder and grade I-winning sire Into Mischief, brought $3 million Sept. 14

    Beholder's Half Brother Brings $3 Million

    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.

  • Beholder breezes at Santa Anita Park Sept. 9

    Beholder Works, Zenyatta Stakes Likely Next

    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 wins the 2016 Pacific Classic

    'Chrome,' Beholder Weighing Options after PC

    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.

  • California Chrome working Aug. 14

    'Chrome' Works in 1:00 1/5

    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.

  • Beholder to Defend Pacific Classic Win

    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.

  • Beholder works at Del Mar Aug. 10

    Mandella Mulling Pacific Classic for Beholder

    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.

  • Stellar Wind (outside) edges Beholder in the Clement L. Hirsch

    Stellar Wind Upsets Beholder in Hirsch

    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.

  • Pacific Overtures

    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.