ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2015)–On another picturesque morning at Santa Anita, two-time Eclipse Award Champion mare Beholder and Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah both registered strong gallops as they both cast an eye toward a likely showdown in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Oct. 31.
Trained by Richard Mandella and owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, Beholder, fresh off a smashing win versus males in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 22, came on Santa Anita’s main track via the quarter mile chute at 5:50 a.m. and galloped a strong two miles as she prepares for what her connections hope will be a third consecutive win in the Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita Sept. 26.
Following her gallop, Beholder again exited the track near the finish line and proceeded to the paddock through the Grandstand tunnel on her way back to Mandella’s Barn 4. The 5-year-old Henny Hughes mare will work five furlongs on Friday morning with regular rider Gary Stevens up.
“Richard will let me know in the morning, but he’ll probably want me to go in about a minute,” said Stevens. “And we’ll probably go ahead and gallop out seven eighths.”
Ahmed Zayat’s homebred American Pharoah came on the main track at 7:55 a.m. and backtracked on the outside rail to the half mile pole, where he was allowed to stand and take in his surroundings. The bay colt by Pioneerof the Nile then proceeded to turn around and gallop a mile and a half before jogging home up the Santa Anita stretch en route to the stable area.