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).
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.
Spendthrift Farm confirmed the sale and relocation of second-crop sires Victor's Cry and Wilburn from its stallion station near Lexington.
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson got a perfect trip and made the best of it July 31 to collect his second straight grade I score in the $300,000 Bing Crosby at Del Mar.
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.
The Thoroughbred Breeders of Australia at its board meeting last week voted unanimously to oppose new rules for foal and their owners. Horse owners say the rules are being forced upon them by the nation's racing regulator, Racing Australia.
Chris Hartman brought a string to Del Mar this year, but one in that group stood out. The trainer calls Black Hawk Stables' Alsvid the "head dog" of his stable and he'll try to earn his first top-level score in the Bing Crosby (gr. I).
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-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.
Tom's Ready, winner of the Woody Stephen Stakes (gr. II) in June, will stand at Spendthrift Farm upon his retirement following an agreement with owner GMB Racing to acquire the breeding rights to the son of More Than Ready.
Spendthrift Farm stallion Can the Man, whose first North American offspring are foals of 2016, will not shuttle to B. Wayne Hughes satellite facility in Australia for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere season, the farm announced July 3.
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson got up just in time to win the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes (gr. I) June 25 at Santa Anita Park.
Wanting an easy half-mile breeze from Beholder in her first timed work since a victory in the Vanity Mile (gr. I), the final two clicks on Richard Mandella's stopwatch showed :35 and change for three furlongs and :47 and change for the half.
Spendthrift Farm freshman sire Dominus sired his first winner from his first starter when the filly P Boo reported home first by 4 1/4 lengths in a $28,000 maiden special weight race at Evangeline Downs.
In the $400,000 Vanity Mile (gr. I) on a hot day at Santa Anita Park, Beholder only broke a sweat because of the nearly 90-degree temperatures in Arcadia, Calif.
Idle since Dec. 26, Lord Nelson came back running June 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Spendthrift Farm's three-time champion Beholder and 2015 champion 3-year-old filly Stellar Wind will face talented sprinters stretching out in the two-turn Vanity Mile (gr. I) June 4 at Santa Anita Park.
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Richard (Dick) Fitz Randolph, founder of Randolph Farm near Versailles, Ky., died May 15 at age 77.
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder threw down a warning to her rivals May 25 at Santa Anita Park, when she clocked a five-furlong bullet in :59 2/5 and earned the "breezing" tag rarely awarded on the South California circuit.
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Carina Mia, the 3-5 favorite, ran to her backing while drawing clear in the seven-furlong Eight Belles Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Richard Mandella admits he'll be nervous when Beholder makes her way to the gate for her 6-year-old debut May 8 at Santa Anita Park in the $100,000 Adoration Stakes (gr. III).
Beholder, Spendthrift Farm's three-time champion, blew out three furlongs in :37 3/5 May 4 in preparation for her 2016 debut in the May 8 Adoration Stakes (gr. III).
Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder could make her first start of 2016 also her first start on turf, trainer Richard Mandella said March 24 at Santa Anita Park.
Two of the three reigning Eclipse Award winners put in timed works March 18 at Santa Anita Park, and the third is nearing her first of the season.
Laminitis claims Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble, winner of the 2014 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and Super Derby (gr. II). The son of Into Mischief was put down March 11.
When Beholder was scratched from the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), and a showdown with American Pharoah, the collective gut punch was felt by her connections and fans alike.
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder, champion older female of 2015, breezed for the first time this year March 1 at Santa Anita Park.
The 2016 breeding season brings challenges for stallion owners and breeders: more expensive stud fees for top-tier stallions, fierce competition for mares, and the stock market suffering a worst-ever start to a new year.
Bolo fired his best off a seven-month layoff in the $200,000 Arcadia Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park, where he caught odds-on grade I winner Obviously in the final strides to secure his first graded victory.
Some of the West Coast's brightest equine stars from last year are getting back into the swing of things at Santa Anita Park.
The first reported foal for Spendthrift Farm stallion Can the Man is a colt born Feb. 3 at Breakaway Farm in Indiana.
Spendthrift Farm's Goldencents, the back-to-back Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner, sired his first reported foal Jan. 14 when a filly was born at Le Mesa Farm near Carencro, La.
The first reported foal by grade I winner Cross Traffic is a colt born Jan. 10 at Red River Farm near Coushatta, La.
For the third consecutive year, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey topped the individual breeders list in North America in 2015 with $9,399,425 in earnings.
Spendthrift Farm's Shakin It Up, winner of the Malibu (gr. I), Strub (gr. II), and San Vicente (gr. II) stakes, sired his first reported foal late Jan. 6, when a colt was born at Brandywine Farm in Paris, Ky.
The first reported foal by grade I winner and Spendthrift Farm stallion Itsmyluckyday is a filly born Jan. 4 at Lake Hamilton Equine in Royal, Ark.
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Dr. Kendall Hansen, whose homebred colt Hansen was champion 2-year-old male of 2011, is hoping his new purchase Let Me Go First, a son of Paddy O' Prado, makes some noise in the early-season 3-year-old races.
Still turned out and getting some much-deserved rest at Peacefield Farm in Temecula, Calif., Spendthrift Farm's Beholder is expected to return to Richard Mandella's barn soon, the trainer said Dec. 30 at Santa Anita Park.
Gaston and Anthony Grant's Green Gratto opened a seven-length lead turning for home and was never threatened in the stretch in the $100,000 Gravesend Stakes Dec. 26 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Multiple graded stakes winner Palace will squeeze in one more start, the $100,000 Gravesend Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack Dec. 26, before retiring to stud at Spendthrift Farm.
Entered in the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) off a dominating maiden special weight win Oct. 29 at Keeneland, Carina Mia handled the class jump Nov. 28 to register a decisive victory at Churchill Downs.
Callback, the grade I winning daughter of Street Sense, shot quickly over the $2 million mark before settling on a final bid of $2.8 million paid by Elevage Bloodstock, a partnership between Glen Hill and Hill 'n' Dale Farm.
A weanling colt by Tapit out of grade I winner Aubby K brought $600,000 to top the early action at the Fasig-Tipton November sale in Lexington Nov. 1.
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm has acquired Tapit's grade I-performing son Normandy Invasion, who will stand in 2016 at Keane Stud in Amenia, N.Y.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah walked the shedrow and did not go to the track Oct. 28, his first morning at Keeneland after arriving Oct. 27.
The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) offers no shortage of interesting storylines in a 10-horse field that includes nine group I/grade I winners.
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