MANDELLA TRAINEE WILL TRY TO BECOME FIRST-EVER WINNER OF THREE BREEDERS CUP RACES IN AS MANY DIFFERENT DIVISIONS
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2015)–Santa Anita-based superstar mare Beholder went to the main track for the final time this morning in advance of shipping early Monday to Lexington as she prepares for an epic showdown with Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah and others in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Oct. 31.
With regular rider Janeen Painter up, Beholder was accompanied by a Richard Mandella stable pony to the main track at 7:10 a.m. Sunday. Coming on the track via the quarter mile chute, Beholder jogged straight off and then settled into a mile and a half jog prior to exiting through the Grandstand tunnel on her way to the Paddock Gardens area and then back to Mandella’s Barn 4.
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Xpressbet’s Millie Ball, who has watched Beholder train locally since she returned from Del Mar, reported that Beholder will be met at Keeneland by Mandella, Painter, a pony rider and her traveling groom.
“With any other horse, we’d go a week before (the Classic),” said Mandella. “With her, it’s best to go early and let her get settled in. I haven’t decided when and how much schooling she will do.”
An 8 ¼ length winner of the Grade I Pacific Classic versus males Aug. 22, Beholder won her third consecutive Grade I Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 26 and if she were to win the Classic Oct. 31, she would become the first horse to ever win three Breeders’ Cup races in as many divisions, having won the Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita in 2012 and the Distaff here in 2013.
Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, the 5-year-old mare has nine Grade I wins and is 20-15-3-0 overall, with earnings of $4,436,600.