09/24/2014 5:21PM

Champion Beholder to sell at Fasig-Tipton November

Barbara D. Livingston
Two-time champion Beholder will be offered for sale in November.

Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder will be offered at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale on Nov. 3.

The 4-year-old Henny Hughes filly will race Saturday in the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes on her campaign toward a defending her victory in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. That win earned her champion 3-year-old filly honors a year after earning the Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old filly.

Beholder is owned by Spendthrift Farm, which will consign the filly at the Fasig-Tipton November sale.

“Beholder will be one of the most accomplished horses ever to be offered at a Fasig-Tipton sale,” said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning Jr. “She is truly the complete package. We appreciate Mr. Hughes and the Spendthrift team for providing us the opportunity to sell this remarkable filly.”

Beholder has won nine of 14 career starts for earnings of $3,188,300, highlighted by victories in the 2013 Distaff and the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, making her the only filly in history to accomplish that double. Her other marquee victories include the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks, Las Virgenes Stakes, and Zenyatta Stakes, as well as a runner-up finish in the 2013 Kentucky Oaks. She is trained by Richard Mandella.

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Bred in Kentucky by Clarkland Farm, Beholder is out of the stakes-winning Tricky Creek mare Leslie’s Lady, who was a finalist for Kentucky Broodmare of the Year in 2013. Her five winners from six foals to race also include Grade 1 winner Into Mischief, who has become a popular young sire at Spendthrift Farm.

“Beholder is a truly special filly,” Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey said. “Her conformation is both flawless and spectacular. As a half-sister to one of the most exciting young stallions [Into Mischief] in the world, her pedigree really is unique and her race record quite simply speaks for itself.”

Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
how does the champ get five less pounds assigned ?
Rick Swiftwater More than 1 year ago
Truly a great Opportunity for the likes of Bob Baffert, what with the opportunity to take a Filly like this special one, campaign her in all the right places. When she retires, Breed her to one of those special Baffert Barn Favorites, then another... All in the name of making Horse Racing what we all know it is; Special for those that truly appreciate the Game and those that truly care for their horses...
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
I'm probably one of the biggest Baffert fans around, unabashedly, but I really doubt he or his clients would buy Beholder. Let her retire and go make babies - she's earned it. Besides, I doubt anyone would improve on the way that R. Mandella has managed this filly, despite some physical setbacks and a quirky demeanor (see the '13 KY Oaks.)
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
They're taking the 8 - 10 million now gambling on the real possibility that she won't amount to much as a broodmare.
Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
Why on Earth would Spendthrift sell a broodmare prospect like Beholder? Any yearling out of her is bound to bring big money. Why sell her? Do they need the money that badly? All these lovely fillies being sold--Believe You Can, Princess of Sylmar, and Beholder. I hope they stay in this country and don't go to Japan or Coolmore. She is a tremendous filly. I wouldn't sell her for anything. Seems stupid to me.
Jeff Manley More than 1 year ago
Studs bred 100 times a year. Mares once. Money is the word.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
Alex More than 1 year ago
Why in the name of honour and glory is she being sold?? Ole B'wayne needs the cash??
Diana Levy More than 1 year ago
This makes no sense to me either unless he somehow is hoping she sets an auction record. But does Spendthrift do any breeding itself or is it only a stallion station?
Frank Avilla More than 1 year ago
too much of the same blood. 1/2 sister to farm's top sire, limiting long term breeding potential of farm. Mr. P.S. doesn't need the money.
L. More than 1 year ago
Plus he's likely trying to cash in on the market for top broodmares. If she wins the BC Distaff again, she'll probably go for more than Havre De Grace... I'm hoping she doesn't end up in Japan where we'll never hear of her again.