Description: Beholder (KY) B, M, foaled May 9, 2010 (Henny Hughes - Leslie's Lady, by Tricky Creek) wins her Swan Song in a stretch long battle with fellow Champion Songbird to win the 9 furlong $2 million Grade I Breeders' Cup World Championships Distaff November 4, 2016 at Santa Anita Park. Jockey Gary Stevens and Beholder broke well from post eight, angled over to the four path, and set up a stalking positon as they raced around the Clubhouse turn and up the back stretch. I'm A Chatterbox was sent out after the pacesetter, Songbird, moved up with Beholder to challenge the leader after six furlongs, and couldn't match strides with the two Champions. Beholder drew even with Songbird at the quarter pole and those two battled from there to the wire. It was Beholder getting the win by a nose. Forever Unbridled finished well, 1 1/4 lengths further back for the show. Champion Stellar Wind was restless in the gate, hopped a bit when the gates opened, and never got into contention, finished fourth. Beholder and Gary Stevens have been paired since Beholder's Listed Torrey Pines Stakes victory September 1, 2013. Beholder and jockey Gary Stevens went on to win 12 stakes races: 8 Grade 1, 2 Grade 3, the afore mentioned Torrey Pines, and the Black Type Santa Lucia, and was 2nd in her last 3 Grade 1 starts. Beholder has been retired to the broodmare band at Spendthrift Farms with a record of 18-6-0 from 26 starts and earnings of $6,156,600. She has 3 Eclipse Awards: 2015 Champion Older Mare, 2013 Champion 3 Year Old Filly, and 2012 Champion 2 Year Old Filly. She was bred by Clarkland Farm, owned by Spendthrift Farm, and she has been in the hands of Hall Of Fame trainer Richard Mandella her entire career. Drawing By Daily Racing Funnies ®.
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