Three-time champion and 2016 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) victor Beholder made the trek to her new home at Spendthrift Farm close to Lexington to begin her new broodmare life. beholder

“Well, we’ve been waiting for a while for this, it’s really exciting for the farm,” said Spendthrift Farm General Manager Ned Toffey. “It’s a neat thing because we’ve closed a chapter on one part of her career and we’re opening the chapter on the next.”

Henny Hughes’ six-year-old daughter closed out her racing career on a storybook ending by winning the Distaff, which was her second time claiming the event and third overall Breeders’ Cup win. That win ended a 26-race career, which included 18 wins and an additional six second-place finishes. She never finished worse than fourth in any race and earned over $6 million. Of the 18 wins, 11 were of the grade I variety, including the aforementioned three Breeders’ Cup victories.

“It’s really exciting for us to get to see what kind of foals we’re going to get out of her,” said Toffey. “There’s so much anticipation and so much hope that goes with her and with those foals.

“That’s one of the great things about this business, whether it’s the next race or the next foal, you’re always looking ahead to that.”

What we do know about Beholder’s new life as a broodmare is that she has been paired to bred to Uncle Mo, last year’s top first-crop sire. What we don’t know yet is whether or not Spendthrift Farm will offer the foal at public auction.

“All of our yearlings go through the sale with very few exceptions. What we decide to do with that one will just be like all the rest that are here, it’s a horse by horse decision,” said Toffey.

“Obviously (the foal would) have great value at auction and also be an awful lot of fun to take to the races. If it can run and if it’s a colt—we’re about standing stallions here—we’d love to have a son of Beholder in the stud barn.”

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