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Nov. 02, 2012 - Arcadia, California, U.S - Beholder (KY) ridden by Garrett Gomez and trained by Richard Mandella, wins the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I) at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA.

Richard Mandella and his entourage will head to Florida shortly in advance of the Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park next Saturday. The Hall of Fame trainer is expected to be one of the recipients when it is announced that Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Beholder is best of her division for 2012.

It won’t be the first Breeders’ Cup dance for Mandella. The California native, who turned 62 last Nov. 5, trained five national champions. In addition to 1993 Horse of the Year Kotashaan, he conditioned three others, all 2-year-olds, fillies Phone Chatter and Halfbridled in 1993 and 2003, and male winner Action This Day, also in 2003.

Mandella wasn’t about to compare apples and oranges when asked about similarities between Halfbridled, who also won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, and Beholder, who is scheduled to make her 3-year-old debut in the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes a week from Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, two days after the Eclipse Awards ceremonies.

“You never know how good a horse is going to be when you first get one, but Beholder gave us an indication of her talent early on, and once she started training, it was pretty evident,” Mandella said.

“Physically, they don’t look alike, but on the race track, they’re both pretty good.”

Beholder, a bay daughter of Henny Hughes owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm and bred by Clarkland Farm in Kentucky, has three wins from five starts. She has earned $1,215,000. This would be Mandella’s first win in the Santa Ynez, for 3-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.



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Love Beholder, what a nice horse as a 2 yr old. I hope she can make a strong run as a 3 yr old.

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