Barn Tour: Updates on Forbidden Kingdom, Beholder's baby, more

Barn Tour: Updates on Forbidden Kingdom, Beholder's baby, more
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Richard Mandella finished the marathon Santa Anita winter-spring meet with a win rate of 16 percent (83: 13-7-14), which included five stakes victories and purse earnings of just over $1.8 million.

It was another productive stand for the 71-year-old Hall of Famer, who over the decades has had momentous runs at Santa Anita. It was showcased by the emergence of high-class 3-year-old Forbidden Kingdom for owners Spendthrift Farm and My Racehorse. Unfortunately, it has not been a smooth couple of months for the son of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. After winning the San Vicente (G2) and San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita early in the year, Forbidden Kingdom was made the even-money favorite in the Santa Anita Derby (G1). He finished dead last after setting the pace for three-quarters of a mile. It was subsequently determined Forbidden Kingdom had a breathing problem that required a bit of time off. With that eventually remedied, Forbidden Kingdom was back galloping at Santa Anita until earlier this month, when he suffered what Mandella described as a “nasty” bout of colic. He was sent to Chino Valley Equine Hospital for treatment. The good news is Forbidden Kingdom was scheduled to arrive back on Thursday to Mandella’s Santa Anita barn. “He’s fine now. It didn’t turn into anything terrible,” Mandella told Horse Racing Nation on Wednesday. “So I’m not worried. We’ll just get him back here and put him on a schedule.” As the Southern California racing scene shifts to Los Alamitos this weekend, followed by the Del Mar summer meet the third week of July, Mandella shared the latest on more of his stable standouts for an HRN Barn Tour. Royal Ship. The Brazilian-bred won the John Shear Mile in April in his first start of the year and was the even-money favorite in the Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) on May 30. He finished a no-threat third in a field of five. Mandella said the 6-year-old gelding by Midshipman exited the Gold Cup “a little stiff and sore.” He has not worked since the effort. “It wasn’t bad, but I gave him an easy couple of weeks and things are going good now,” he said. “I’m not exactly sure what we’ll aim at. I’ll give him a couple works and go from there. But it’s possible he makes the Pacific Classic the second half of Del Mar." Last year, Royal Ship was seventh in the $1 million Pacific Classic (G1) in his final start of the season. This year’s edition is scheduled for Sept. 3. Tizamagician. Off since November, the 5-year-old horse by Tiznow returned to the work tab April 30 and has been breezing steadily at Santa Anita. Mandella would like for Tizamagician to try to defend his title in the $125,000 Cougar II Handicap (G3) on July 24, but he is unsure whether he’ll be ready to go the 1 1/2-mile trip in his first start off a nearly eight-month layoff. “I’m going to hope he’s in good enough shape to run in the Cougar, but that’s a long race on the dirt. I’m not sure if I’ll feel confident in doing that,” he said. Another option would be to wait an additional week and run in the $300,000 San Diego Handicap (G2) going 1 1/16 miles. “That would be a thought if the (Cougar) doesn’t work, but that really isn’t his thing,” Mandella noted of the shorter distance. Also owned by Spendthrift Farm and My Racehorse, Tizamagician has compiled a record of 21: 5-9-0 with earnings of $683,351 in three seasons of racing. Karin With an I. This 3-year-old daughter of Curlin is the second foal out of four-time Eclipse Award-winner Beholder. She debuted April 2 in a six-furlong maiden race at Santa Anita and beat only one horse to the wire after failing to show much speed. Karin With an I has returned with a string of five-furlong works that look positive on paper. She is preparing for a one-mile maiden race the second week of Del Mar. “She’s a good-looking filly,” Mandella said. “Not as good looking as her mother and not as fast yet, but I’m hoping for improvement.” Karin With an I is campaigned by breeder Spendthrift Farm. Soothsay. The 4-year-old multiple graded-stakes winner has been sidelined since winning last summer’s Indiana Oaks (G3), but is on the comeback trail at Santa Anita. The daughter of Distorted Humor, who was sidelined largely because of a troublesome splint, has worked twice this month, including a three-furlong drill in 36.4 seconds on Wednesday at Santa Anita. “She doing really well, actually is looking better than ever,” Mandella said. “We’re not sure when we’ll get her back to the races, but it will probably be sometime during the middle of the Del Mar meet.” Soothsay made four starts last year for owner-breeder Raydelz Stable. In addition to the Indiana Oaks, she won her debut at Santa Anita in February and the Santa Anita Oaks (G2) in April before finishing second in the Summertime Oaks (G2) at Santa Anita. 2-year-olds Mandella said "10 or so" juveniles are expected to filter into the barn, and two are tracking for starts at Del Mar. Seal Team is an English-bred colt by War Front out of multiple graded-stakes winner Mrs. McDougal, by Medaglia d'Oro, bred by Bass Racing. He has worked six times since May 9 at Santa Anita, including a four-furlong move from the gate in a swift 46.4 seconds on June 11. It was the fastest of 58 works at the distance that day. Three Strands is by Empire Maker out of multiple stakes winner It Tiz, by Tiznow. The filly, who was a $240,000 auction purchase by Spendthrift Farm, has worked five times since May 9 and is projected to start at Del Mar.

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