Beholder Gallops at Keeneland

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Beholder | Coady Photography

GI Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Beholder (Henny Hughes), who came down with a slight fever Tuesday morning after shipping from California Monday, appeared no worse for wear in her first gallop at Keeneland Thursday. Sporting her Classic saddle towel, B. Wayne Hughes’s dual champion went once around the mile track before walking the shedrow by her barn on Rice Road for about 20 minutes. “Things are a lot better today than they were two days ago,” Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said Thursday. “It was just a simple gallop this morning. We’re back in the game.” The 5-year-old, who has won her last six starts–including a jaw-dropping romp against the boys in the GI Pacific Classic S. at Del Mar Aug. 22 and a facile score last time in the Sept. 26 GI Zenyatta S. at Santa Anita–will work once more before next Saturday’s Classic. She last breezed Oct. 15, covering five panels in Arcadia in 1:02 flat. “I am not sure when she will have a little breeze,” Mandella said. “We will let her tell us. We came here ready to run.” Beholder was one of the first horses to occupy the designated Breeders’ Cup barn area on Rice Road. “This is a great setting back here to train horses,” Mandella said. “It was very well thought out and these barns are great.”

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