10/19/2014 3:18PM

Beholder will miss Breeders' Cup Distaff

Shigeki Kikkawa
Beholder, the favorite for the Breeders' Cup Distaff, spiked a temperature Sunday and will not be able to run in the Oct. 31 race at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Beholder is out of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

 The two-time champion filly spiked a temperature on Sunday, was treated with medication, and will not pre-enter the Distaff scheduled for Oct. 31 at Santa Anita.

 “She had a temperature, we had to treat it, and she’s not going to be able to run,” trainer Richard Mandella said late Sunday morning. Breeders’ Cup pre-entry deadline is Monday; fields will be announced Wednesday.

 Beholder was the early favorite to win her third Breeders’ Cup race, following the 2012 Juvenile Fillies and 2013 Distaff. She was named champion filly both years.

 With the defection of Beholder, Distaff favoritism will switch to Untapable or Close Hatches.

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 Beholder missed much of the 2014 season recovering from a scraped pastern that she sustained in a June 7 race at Belmont Park, Beholder won her Sept. 27 comeback in the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita. Since then, she gained weight and trained forwardly.

 But the stress of a seven-furlong workout Saturday may have triggered a brewing illness, and Sunday morning Beholder spiked a temperature that, according to Mandella, peaked at 104. The temperature subsided, but after being medicated, Beholder would not be allowed to run.

 Beholder is owned by B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm. Spendthrift was expected to provide further details in a press release.

 Future plans for Beholder are undetermined. She is scheduled to be sold at the Fasig-Tipton November sale.

 Sired by Henny Hughes, Beholder has won 10 races and $3,368,300 from 15 starts.

 Beholder was trying to join elite company by becoming only the second horse to win three Breeders’ Cup races. Goldikova won the Mile three stretch years, 2008-10.

 “This is why it’s so hard to win three Breeders’ Cups in a row,” Mandella said

john g More than 1 year ago
Does DRF give you drf plus if you spend enough during the year on other drf products? I thought the intention originally was to stop the " free-loaders" who never purchased anything, any drf products, and wanted to read all the articles for free too?
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Gambers are allowed to be cynical and mean unfortunately. The genuine horse lovers should give them their due and try to ignore the mean spirited comments. Few things hurt more in life than losing good money betting on a "bad" pony. Go Gambers! :-)
mike More than 1 year ago
eye roll
slewof damascus More than 1 year ago
The Distaff has upset written all over it if one of the "others" is set to run the best of her lifetime, which certainly will be the plan going in for several of them. Untappable did not look like the world beater she had been previously to running against the boyz. Obviously, she's the one to beat, and a logical favorite, for that matter, but does not deserve the kind of backing she is likely to get.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Favorite over Close Hatches?
slewof damascus More than 1 year ago
well,I would think so, she was considered a "monster" before the Haskell. And she won her last, while CH was up the track.
slewof damascus More than 1 year ago
DRF clocker reporter Welsch reports that Close Hatches work this week was only "okay" and "not as good" as she worked earlier in the year, which has to be taken as a negative sign given her last, regardless of Rosario saying she didn't handle the KEE track. I don't buy that as an excuse, anyway. A horse can have trouble handling the track but still perform with a modicum of respectability. Between that race and this work, she looks like a false contender, who will surely take action as the "lone speed".
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jon g More than 1 year ago
The BC is getting just what they deserve with all these defections. The Belmont Day card is better than what this is turning out to be. Karma for these greedy,corrupt crooks running on that concrete year after year.i hope this years cup totally bombs in handle. The TV ratings are already doomed :)
slewof damascus More than 1 year ago
As long as shared belief and california chrome show up the audience will be there. The BC either needs to find a permanent home (ideally Keenland or Woodbine, so that Euros have less distance to travel) or at least give New York and Kentucky a fair shake in the rotation.
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
Goldikova (twice)Six Perfections,Dank,Zagura,Islington,Chrisellium,Flotilla,George Vancouver,Outstrip,Pounced,Ravens Pass ,Muhannah .All Breeders Cup winners from Europe since 2003 that made successful trips to Santa Anita .The facility,weather,location accomodations..Ive been to Breeders Cups at ChurchillDowns,Belmont,Gulfstream(sweltering that day,Euros washed out)Hollywood,Monmouth(yuk)and Santa Anita.Never been to woodbine. Only Churchill Downs should be considered besides The Great Race Place.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Festus, I already destroyed this comment on another article. Quit repeating yourself, you have no argument.
jon g More than 1 year ago
Who cares.Another Cali. phony. Off the board in both starts outside state. Good riddance
mike More than 1 year ago
Do you ever tire of behaving like a bitter little twerp?
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
This, for a two-time Filly of the Year. Close the entries for the Dunce Award. We have a winner.
mike More than 1 year ago
Chad,he's a product of what happens when relatives get together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
off the board in the kentucky oaks?? thought she was second? please be smart before you show you are that dumb..
Scott Scheib More than 1 year ago
The exit of early favorites from a couple of races is disappointing from a historical perspective, but from a financial/handicapping point of view, these two days are even better for betting value than the Kentucky Derby. And it just got better!
slewof damascus More than 1 year ago
Barry Taylor More than 1 year ago
First Moulin de Mougin, now Beholder, Smith is getting unlucky. Hope Shared Belief is not next.
B More than 1 year ago
Didn't mean to be quite so negative, but was stunned when I learned about this. I am, however, very disappointed in the potential fields of so many races in this year's BC. The Classic looks like it could be a good one with the outstanding crop of 3 years olds, but the only two races of interest to me are the Distaff and the Turf and now the Distaff has taken a big hit. I guess that's not as big a hit as the Mile took though. The 2 year old dirt races are of interest, but the 2 year old turf races shouldn't even be held at this event nor the Turf Sprint. This is a championship day and there are no champions coming out of these races, though for the first time, perhaps one could emerge with Sunset Glow since she has proven herself on other surfaces.
slewof damascus More than 1 year ago
I guess it depends upon how you approach it. The BC handle makes it possible to bet thousands without making a dent in the odds. I can see how, as a fan, one might be disappointed, but as someone who makes their living in this game, all that matters is identifying as many sharp entrants as possible and narrowing down the likely winners. All I need is 2 to 3 winners. My focus is solely on that, and honestly when a horse like Wise Dan is removed, it becomes an opportunity. As for Beholder, and the Distaff, her exclusion might actually harm the potential parimutuel value because her presence keeps Close hatches honest and vice-versa.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
You lost Dan in the Mile, but gained a Star in Toronado. Legitimate Miler, and the reigning Queen Anne winner.