11/06/2016 7:19PM

Beholder paired with Uncle Mo for first season as broodmare

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Susie Raisher
Beholder will begin her career as a broodmare at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky.

Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder, who won her final career start in last Friday's Breeders' Cup Distaff, has been booked to standout young sire Uncle Mo for her first season as a broodmare.

Beholder, a 6-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes, will soon ship from her California base to owner B. Wayne Hughes's Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky, where she will reside as a broodmare.

Uncle Mo, the record-setting leading freshman sire of 2015, stands at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky. He is the sire of 21 stakes winners to date for combined progeny earnings of $15,323,723, led by Kentucky Derby winner and 2-year-old champion Nyquist. He is also represented by Grade 1 winners Gomo and Outwork.

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“We are excited to help usher in the next chapter of Beholder’s unprecedented career, and I can't think of a better way to get it started than to breed her to Uncle Mo,” Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey said. “His record-breaking production in his first two years at stud made this an easy decision. We went by the old adage of ‘breed the best to the best and hope for the best.' "

Beholder concluded her on-track career with a record of 26-18-6-0 and earnings of $6,156,600. Her 11 Grade 1 victories include the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and 2013 and 2016 editions of the Distaff, as well as the 2015 Pacific Classic against male rivals. For her exploits, she earned divisional Eclipse Awards as the champion 2-year-old filly of 2012, 3-year-old filly of 2013, and older female of 2015. She is the favorite to be chosen champion older female for a second time after nosing out previously unbeaten champion Songbird in this year’s Distaff.