In a very sad and unfortunate development, it has been announced that the two-time Eclipse champion Beholder will scratch from the October 31st Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) after an endoscopic exam revealed that she had bled during her gallop this morning.
The five-year-old mare, who was expected to be the second choice in the Classic behind Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, had spiked a temperature following her arrival at Keeneland on October 19th, but recovered quickly and had trained well since then. However, this new development left no choice but to scratch Beholder from the Classic.
Spendthrift Farm, which owns Beholder, issued the following statement on their Facebook page: “We are all heartbroken to not get to see Beholder run Saturday in the Classic. The good news is she will be back in training after a few months and hopefully have a fantastic 2016 campaign.”