RAIN RELEGATES SUPERSTAR MARE BEHOLDER TO INNER TRAINING TRACK; TWO-TIME ECLIPSE AWARD WINNER GALLOPS WHILE TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH WALKS MORNING AFTER FIVE FURLONG BREEZE

 

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.