10/20/2015 12:59PM

Mandella: Beholder's fever likely reaction to cross-country travel

Beholder had a temperature Tuesday at Keeneland, but a scan on her lungs came back clean.

A lung scan on Beholder was “pristine,” trainer Richard Mandella said Tuesday afternoon, giving him hope that the minor temperature she spiked Tuesday morning at Keeneland was merely caused by shipping the prior day from California.

Still, Mandella emphasized that he would leave “no stone unturned” in making sure nothing more serious is amiss with Beholder. At this point, though, the hope is that this is a minor hiccup.

However, with Beholder having had ill-timed fevers in the past, and since she is being prepared for the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31, the reason for concern is obvious.

“She had a little temperature," Mandella said by telephone from Kentucky. "Her blood work shows that she had a little stress reaction from the ship. We did an ultrasound on her lungs and they’re clear. One just hopes it’s just a little temperature caused by the ship.

“We’ll go easy with her for a few days and go from there. We’ll hope for the best. We scanned her lungs and the vet said they were pristine. That’s the good news.”

Beholder flew to Kentucky from California on Monday, arriving at Keeneland midday.

Beholder is a two-time Eclipse Award winner and a two-time Breeders’ Cup winner. She faced males once previously, this summer at Del Mar, capturing the Pacific Classic. She won the Zenyatta at Santa Anita in last start. Beholder, 5, has won 15 times in 20 starts and is unbeaten in five starts this year.


Russ Jenkins More than 1 year ago
Billy, i couldn't find the reply box to reply to you directly...sorry. I will agree that the field now doesn't look as good as it did then (after all, Bayern had a better reputation going in than he had coming out); of course the field wasn't as good as it will be in the race that every older dirt horse in the country points to. So i'm not saying it will be an "easy" win--but i know the horses in this field too; if she throws that same race at them, the only horse that can throw the same kind of race is AP...or possibly Tonalist. Can American Pharaoh beat her? Sure....i just think his B+ effort is much more likely than his A effort, and i think it takes at least his A effort to beat her. I don't think the pace sets up enough for Tonalist.
prlyr4lyf More than 1 year ago
Will take a stand against AP and Beholder. Have to look for value in this deep talented field.
JO More than 1 year ago
She would be lucky to get third anyways. Mandella best days are behind him.
mike More than 1 year ago
What are you on? A mare like her,absurd comment regarding Beholder and her trainer-who is a credit to training. Thank God she doesn't have Lukas or Pletcher training her.
JO More than 1 year ago
One thing for sure--Beholder is No Zenyatta.
JasmineTedesco More than 1 year ago
Mandella will not run her unless she is dead fit. If she is dead fit. this is a two horse race. And Honor Code is not one of them. The Gary and Victor show.
Norman Albanese More than 1 year ago
Good decision to have shipped in 12 days before the race.
Russ Jenkins More than 1 year ago
A healthy Beholder beats Pharoah.
Mark More than 1 year ago
And a healthy Honor Code beats Beholder.
Evan More than 1 year ago
There's no way honor code is going to spot this good of a field 25 lengths and run them down. With Liam's Map out the pace goes from 45ish to 47-48ish a good 10-15 lengths slower. You think he's going to run down beholder and AP from dead last while letting them go that easy? To me honor code is a complete toss. I think he's running 4th at best but wouldn't be shocked if he was a complete no show. And if we get any kind of wet track he could be eased down the stretch.
Vince Piscitelli More than 1 year ago
Nonsense. You and everyone else will be petrified of his late move and for good reason.....he IS the real deal. Vince P
Evan More than 1 year ago
Its not nonsense. He's not going to have the same punch at a mile and a quarter. I'm not saying he's not the real deal but the race shape severely compromises his style. He is going to out of the picture going down the back stretch and he's going to run around 12 horses and have the same lunch going another eighth of a mile? Not a chance. He will be like tonalist last year. Way out of it and he'll come with his run to finish a non threatening fifth.
Russ Jenkins More than 1 year ago
No race run this year was as impressive as Beholder's Pacific Classic, and her earlier runs all hinted at that, so it wasn't like it was a fluke. She runs that race, she wins.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Russ , it was impressive. Her move at the 5/16th pole to the 3/16th pole was awesome but really who was she in with ? Not much. This Classic, if she makes it due to her temp, She is in with a different kind of runners ......
Joseph Garofalo More than 1 year ago
..but maybe not honor code
Joseph Garofalo More than 1 year ago
but maybe not Honor code
Russ Jenkins More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a closer to play in the Classic, i'd be looking at Tonalist. I think he's much more tractable than Honor Code; i can see him getting a piece.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Beautiful mare. Let's hope she is fine. Even though I've gone on record that I'm taking a stand against her in the Classic, I truly wish her the best. I hope she gets to enter the gate on Halloween healthy and ready to run her best. No matter who prevails, it'll be a great race. Here's hoping all the horses and jocks finish safely.
Eddie Lazaro More than 1 year ago
Eddie Lazaro More than 1 year ago
mike More than 1 year ago
Eddie,you and I are on the same page regarding Beholder's chances.