01/24/2018 1:40PM

Beholder delivers first foal, a colt by Uncle Mo

Barbara D. Livingston
Beholder won three Breeders' Cup races.

One year after winning her fourth Eclipse Award, the great racemare Beholder has delivered her first foal.

The 8-year-old mare delivered a colt by Uncle Mo at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky. B. Wayne Hughes’s operation, which raced Beholder, announced the new arrival Wednesday on social media.

“True to form, Beholder has taken motherhood in stride perfectly,” Spendthrift wrote. “Last night, she foaled a beautiful strong bay colt by Uncle Mo. We couldn’t be happier!”

Beholder, trained by Richard Mandella, earned Eclipse Awards as the outstanding 2-year-old female of 2012, 3-year-old female of 2013, and older female of 2015 and 2016. She bankrolled $6,156,600 while winning 11 Grade 1 stakes, including a trio of Breeders’ Cup races – the 2012 Juvenile Fillies, 2013 Distaff, and, in a dramatic conclusion to her career, the 2016 Distaff by a nose over Songbird. Other career highlights include an 8 1/4-length victory over males in the 2015 Pacific Classic.

Beholder, by Henny Hughes, is out of the Tricky Creek mare Leslie’s Lady, a prolific producer who also is the dam of Grade 1 winner and successful sire Into Mischief and last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner, Mendelssohn.

Leslie’s Lady’s daughters also have been productive broodmares, boding well for Beholder in her second career. Daisy Mason is the dam of stakes winner Harry’s Holiday, while another daughter, Judy B, is the dam of stakes-placed Sarah Her Highness. It is the extended family of dual classic winner and champion I’ll Have Another.

Juvenile champion Uncle Mo, who stands at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky, was the leading freshman sire of 2015. The son of Indian Charlie is represented by 38 stakes winners from his first three crops, led by juvenile champion and 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist and Grade 1 winners Gomo, Mo Town, and Outwork.