HUGHES, MANDELLA ON HAND AS TWO-TIME ECLIPSE CHAMP EYES FIVE FURLONG BREEZE ON FRIDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2015)–Two-time Eclipse Champion mare Beholder continued her preparations for a showdown with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Oct. 31 with a strong mile and quarter gallop Thursday morning at Santa Anita.
With owner B. Wayne Hughes in from Kentucky, trainer Richard Mandella sent his stable star to Santa Anita’s schooling gate in the quarter mile chute for a quick refresher on proper gate etiquette. After standing briefly and walking calmly through open doors, the 5-year-old mare by Henny Hughes jogged down the stretch with a stable pony prior to settling into a strong gallop at the six furlong pole.
Following her gallop, Beholder was accompanied by Mandella’s pony through Santa Anita’s Seabiscuit Walking Ring and into the track’s saddling paddock, where she stood before her Hall of Fame conditioner. Beholder then walked back to the stable area with the pony on her left and Mandella, rein in-hand, on her right.
A Southern California transplant, Hughes, who made his considerable fortune through his company, Public Storage, now owns Kentucky’s Spendthrift Farm and resides in Lexington. He will again be trackside with Mandella on Friday morning to oversee a five furlong work as Beholder inches closer to the Classic, to be run at Keeneland, in Lexington.
“We’re excited about the prospect of running there and we’re looking forward to it,” said Hughes. “We just hope the weather holds…God willing, we’re going to be ready and we’re going to try them (top males). This is racing at its best and we have a chance to run against a Triple Crown winner.”
Beholder is scheduled to work Friday at 6:30 a.m. The public is invited to view training seven days a week from 4:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. via Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner, located at the top of the stretch.
Beholder Video Link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPsPoXY7lLw