04/20/2017 2:26PM

Leslie's Lady, dam of Beholder, named 2016 Broodmare of the Year

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Barbara D. Livingston
Beholder earned four Eclipse Awards and more than $6 million.

Leslie's Lady, dam of four-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder, was named Thursday the 2016 Broodmare of the Year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders.

The 21-year-old Tricky Creek mare was honored with the award – presented since 1946 – as part of the Kentucky-bred champions program at an annual awards luncheon in Lexington, Ky. All eligible KTA/KTOB members vote upon the awards. Her daughter Beholder was also named Kentucky's outstanding older female of 2016 at Thursday’s luncheon.

The other finalist for Broodmare of the Year was Life Happened, dam of two-time Eclipse champion turf female Tepin, honored Thursday with Kentucky’s turf female title and the award for outstanding Kentucky-bred racing abroad. Both Leslie's Lady and Life Happened were finalists for Broodmare of the Year in 2015, when the award ultimately went to Littleprincessemma, dam of Triple Crown hero American Pharoah.

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Leslie's Lady is owned by Fred and Nancy Mitchell’s Clarkland Farm, which purchased her for just $100,000 out of the 2006 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The mare is the dam of five winners from seven starters, led by Beholder, who retired last fall 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 BC Distaff, as well as the 2015 Pacific Classic against male rivals. She earned Eclipse Awards as the champion 2-year-old filly of 2012, 3-year-old filly of 2013, and older female of 2015 and 2016.

Leslie's Lady is also the dam of Into Mischief, winner of the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity as a juvenile. He is now a successful sire, with offspring including two-time Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Goldencents, multiple Grade 1 winner Practical Joke, and Grade 2 winners Vyjack and Vicar's in Trouble. Two of Leslie's Lady's daughters, Judy B and Daisy Mason, are also stakes producers.

Leslie's Lady was represented by the sale-topper at last year's Keeneland September yearling sale, with Coolmore going to $3 million to acquire her Scat Daddy colt. The colt, now named Mendelssohn, has been exported to Ireland for training.

Leslie's Lady delivered a Medaglia d'Oro colt this season.