From Paulick Report
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2014) -- Two-time champion Beholder will not be able to defend her title in the Oct. 31 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) after spiking a fever Sunday morning at Santa Anita.
Trainer Richard Mandella confirmed that the decision was made along with owner Spendthrift Farm to bypass the pre-entries and the race.
“When I came to the barn this morning, Beholder had a temperature. She had that big work (Saturday), and she’s obviously getting sick on us. So after talking it over with (Spendthrift general manager) Ned (Toffey), we are calling off the game. She’s not going to be able to make the Breeders’ Cup,” said Mandella. “As disappointed and sad as we are about the fact that we aren’t going to get to run, we can’t have any negative feelings about Beholder because she’s been so good to us. We’ll monitor her and give her the proper care unatil plans are made to fly her to Kentucky to go through the November sale at Fasig-Tipton.”
Beholder is slated to sell Nov. 3 at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Lexington, KY. She has won 10 of 15 starts, including six Grade 1 victories, and earned $3,368,300.
In 2012, Beholder captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) in route to earning the Eclipse Award for Champion 2-Year-Old Filly. Last year at three, she capped off another championship year with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), earning Eclipse honors for Champion 3-Year-Old Filly.
Beholder is coming off her biggest win of 2014 in last month’s Zenyatta S. (G1) at Santa Anita, and she breezed seven furlongs in 1:23 4/5 Saturday in what was intended to be one of her final major pieces of preparation for the Breeders’ Cup.