ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2015)–Two-time Eclipse Award winning Beholder stood out among a group of five Richard Mandella trainees as the sure-to-be Hall of Famer partook in a special early afternoon schooling session at 12:30 p.m. in Santa Anita’s paddock–her final “classroom” assignment prior to her engagement in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes.
Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, the 5-year-old Henny Hughes mare comes off a devastating 8 ¼ length win versus males in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 22 and she seeks a record third consecutive win in the Zenyatta, one of five Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” Challenge races at Santa Anita Saturday.
A winner of 10 of 11 starts at The Great Race Place, Beholder is the prohibitive 2-5 favorite amongst a field of nine fillies and mares set to compete at 1 1/16 miles. She has 14 wins from 19 career starts and has amassed earnings of $4,256,600.
Providing she runs to her odds in the Zenyatta, it is widely expected that she will then be pointed to a likely epic showdown with Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah and others in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky.