Beholder “Doing Great” in Lead-Up to Classic

Beholder “Doing Great” in Lead-Up to Classic

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The amazing mare Beholder, who scored an incredibly easy victory in the September 26th Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita, has emerged from that race in good shape and is expected to post a timed workout sometime this week as she prepares for a start against male horses in the $5,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) on October 31st at Keeneland.

“She came out of her race great,” trainer Richard Mandella was quoted as saying in the Santa Anita Stable Notes for October 4th. “She’s back galloping, doing great. She’ll get a little work sometime this week. It could be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; I just don’t know. She’ll have two breezes at Santa Anita, a shorter one and a longer one, and one at Keeneland before the Classic.”

“Right now, we are surely thinking of the Classic, but by the time we ship (Oct. 19), and all of that, if we had a feeling that she had regressed at all, we would go the more conservative route and run her in the filly race ($2 million Distaff on Oct. 30).”

Follow J. Keeler Johnson ("Keelerman"):

J. Keeler Johnson is a writer, blogger, videographer, and all-around horse racing enthusiast who was drawn to the sport by Curlin’s quest to become North America’s richest racehorse. A great fan of racing history, he considers Dr. Fager to be the greatest racehorse ever produced in America, but counts Zenyatta as his all-time favorite. He lives in Wisconsin and also writes for the Bloodhorse.com blog Unlocking Winners.

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