ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 4, 2015)–With early morning rainfall necessitating the closure of Santa Anita’s main track, superstar mare Beholder headed to the “about” six furlong inner training track at 5:45 a.m. under the direction of trainer Richard Mandella.
Under cover of darkness, the two-time Eclipse Award winner, who comes off her third consecutive win in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Zenyatta Stakes Sept. 26, galloped one and a half times around before returning to the Mandella barn and a much-needed bath.
Owned by B. Wayne Hughes, Beholder won the Zenyatta by a comfortable 3 ¼ lengths while registering her ninth career Grade I tally. Both Hughes and Mandella have identified a potential epic showdown with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and others in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Oct. 31 at Keeneland as Beholder’s next assignment.
“She’s back galloping, doing great,” said Mandella. “She’ll get a little work sometime this week. It could be Wednesday, Thursday or Friday–I just don’t know. She’ll have two breezes at Santa Anita, shorter one and a longer one, and one at Keeneland before the Classic.”
Beholder Video Link: https://youtu.be/m7V0uAubSPU
As for American Pharoah, he walked the Bob Baffert shedrow as planned, following a five furlong workout yesterday of 59.80.
Although there is a 40 percent chance of evening showers in the local forecast on Monday, no further precipitation is expected through Oct. 14.