Beholder, the two-time Eclipse champion and back-to-back Breeders’ Cup winner, will be offered for sale at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale on Monday, Nov. 3, following her title defense in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) just four days prior. Owner B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm will consign the 4-year-old filly.
“Beholder is a truly special filly,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift General Manager. “Her conformation is both flawless and spectacular. As a half-sister to one of the most exciting young stallions (Into Mischief) in the world, her pedigree really is unique and her race record quite simply speaks for itself.”
Boyd Browning, President & CEO of Fasig-Tipton, added: “Beholder will be one of the most accomplished horses ever to be offered at a Fasig-Tipton sale. She is truly the complete package. We appreciate Mr. Hughes and the Spendthrift Team for providing us the opportunity to sell this remarkable filly.”
Trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder has assembled one of the most decorated careers by a filly in recent memory. She’s the only Thoroughbred in history to win both the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Breeders' Cup Distaff, and she's the first filly since Hall of Fame champion Silverbulletday to earn the Eclipse Award at both two and three.
A seven-time stakes winner, Beholder has tallied five Grade 1 wins to date – the two Breeders Cup races, plus the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), Las Virgenes S. (G1) and Zenyatta S. (G1) – and is seeking to become the first three-time Breeders' Cup winner on the main track. Beholder is first set to defend her title in this Saturday’s $300,000 Zenyatta S. (G1) at Santa Anita, her final prep for the Breeders’ Cup. Last Saturday, she breezed a bullet seven-furlong workout at Santa Anita in her final tune-up for the Zenyatta.
Hall of Fame horseman Richard Mandella, not known for his superlatives, tagged Beholder with perhaps the ultimate tribute, saying, “I've been lucky enough to have many good mares in my years of training, but this mare might have to be the best of all.”
Beholder’s current career earnings of $3,188,300 place her 11th among all North American-based female Thoroughbreds. By two-time Eclipse finalist Henny Hughes, she hails from the multiple Grade 1-producing Tricky Creek mare Leslie’s Lady, and is a half-sister to emerging top sire Into Mischief. Earlier this month, Beholder’s half-sister by Curlin sold for $1.1 million, second highest price for any yearling on Day One of the Keeneland September Sale.
Victorious from 5 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles, Beholder posted a 108 Beyer as a 2-year-old – highest by any juvenile over the past four years. She currently boasts a record of 9 wins and 3 seconds from 14 starts.
For more information about Beholder, please contact Ned Toffey at 859-294-0030, or visit SpendthriftFarm.com.