'Fastest 2-year-olds' meet as Beholder's sent to Bolt d'Oro

Spendthrift Farm Press Release
November 14, 2019 01:45pm

Spendthrift Farm’s four-time champion and three-time Breeders’ Cup winner Beholder will be bred to Bolt d’Oro in 2020.

“We strongly considered breeding Beholder to Bolt d’Oro this past season, so it’s a mating we’ve been excited about for some time," 
said Ned Toffey, general manager at Spendthrift. "Frankly, Bolt d’Oro has been so tremendously in-demand that we decided to wait until 2020.

"One of the coolest things about this mating is it matches two of the fastest Grade 1-winning 2-year-olds that racing has seen in the last decade.”

Beholder, who is in foal to War Front with a January due date, has produced two offspring to date, including a yearling colt by Uncle Mo named Q B One and a weanling filly by Curlin.

Beholder retired from racing in 2016 after an illustrious career that saw her win 18 of 26 starts with earnings of $6,156,600. She captured Eclipse Awards as the outstanding 2-year-old filly of 2012, 3-year-old filly of 2013, and older filly & mare of 2015 and 2016.

Among her 11 Grade 1 victories were three Breeders’ Cup triumphs, including the 2012 Juvenile Fillies, 2013 Distaff, and – in dramatic fashion – the 2016 Distaff over Songbird in what would be her final career start before retiring to Spendthrift. Beholder also scored a memorable win in the 2015 Pacific Classic, facing and defeating males in dominating fashion by 8 1/4-lengths at Del Mar.

Bolt d’Oro, who retired to Spendthrift in 2019, covered 214 mares in his first book with a 94% in-foal rate. The son of Medaglia d’Oro was the only 2-year-old colt of 2017 to win multiple Grade 1 races, including dominant back-to-back wins in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and FrontRunner (G1). In the latter, he earned a 103 Beyer – still the fastest earned by a 2-year-old colt since 2014.

Bolt d’Oro’s stud fee will again be $25,000 S&N in 2020. His first in-foal mares have averaged $187,000 from 10 sold through Book 2 at the Keeneland November Sale.


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