Three-time Breeders’ Cup winner and Eclipse champion Beholder has retired from racing and will begin a new career as a broodmare at Spendthrift Farm where she is booked to leading sire Uncle Mo for her inaugural mating in 2017.
“We are excited to help usher in the next chapter of Beholder’s unprecedented career, and I can’t think of a better way to get it started than to breed her to Uncle Mo,” said Spendthrift General Manager Ned Toffey.
“His record-breaking production in his first two years at stud made this an easy decision. We went by the old adage of ‘breed the best to the best and hope for the best’.”
Trained by Richard Mandella for Spendthrift Farm, Beholder went out in a blaze of glory after a thrilling win for the ages over the previously unbeaten Songbird in Friday’s $2million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita.
She has assembled one of the most decorated racing careers in history by a thoroughbred, becoming the first horse ever to win a Grade I race at ages 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
“Beholder and Uncle Mo looks like a match made in heaven,” said Coolmore’s MV Magnier. “She must be one of the greatest race mares we’ve ever seen, and what Uncle Mo has achieved so far is almost beyond belief. I hope Mr. Hughes will breed another champion. We bought Beholder’s Scat Daddy half-brother at Keeneland in September, and we can only hope that he’ll be half as good as her.”