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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
May 3 2013 139th Longines Kentucky Oaks Churchill Downs I 1 1/8 M 2 REPLAY
Apr 6 2013 Santa Anita Oaks Santa Anita Park I 1 1/16 M 1 REPLAY
Mar 2 2013 Las Virgenes Santa Anita Park I 1 M 1 REPLAY
Jan 21 2013 Santa Ynez Santa Anita Park II 6 1/2 F 2 REPLAY
Nov 2 2012 Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies Oak Tree at Santa Anita I 1 1/16 M 1 REPLAY


Richard Mandella


Richard Mandella began working with horses at an early age with his father who was a blacksmith. After spending a few years as an assistant, Mandella began training on his own in California in 1976. In 2001, he was inducted into the U.S. racing Hall of Fame and has had numerous graded stakes winners and champions. Some of Mandella’s finest horses included 1993 Horse of the Year Kotashaan, Dubai World Cup Winner Pleasantly Perfect, Rock Hard Ten, and Gentlemen. 

Garrett Gomez


Garrett won back-to-back Eclipses for Outstanding Jockey in 2007 and 2008, has won ten Breeders’ Cup races, and won the Shoemaker Award for top performance by a jockey at the Breeders’ Cup in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2010. Garrett won the 2007 Kentucky Oaks on Rags to Riches and has made nine appearances in the Kentucky Derby with his best finish coming in 2009 on Pioneerofthe Nile, who ran second. Garrett got involved in horse racing by his father, Louis. Took out his jockey’s license to start riding at Sante Fe Downs in New Mexico. Garrett won his first race on September 1988 aboard Furlong Circle, in 2008 he set a single season record for most stakes wins with 76. Top mounts have included: Blame, Lookin At Lucky, Pluck, Midshipman, Stevie Wonderboy, Borrego, Life is Sweet, Indian Blessing, Midnight Lute, Honor Glide, Wait A While, and Ventura. His favorite sport and past time is golf. Garrett Gomez was born on January 1, 1972 and resides in Durante, California.

Spendthrift Farm


Spendthrift Farm was originally created by Leslie Combs II in Lexington Kentucky. Spendthrift was the name of one of the family's best horses who would go on to be the great grandsire of Man O' War. Spendthrift was purchsed in 2004 by B. Wayne Hughes who has had a great deal of success in the racing industry since being introduced to the sport by his father. Hughes owns the largest Public Storage company in the country and also began the Parker Hughes Cancer Research Center. Some of his top horses include Breeders' Cup winners Action This Day and Court Vision as well as Don't Get Mad and Joyeaux Danseur.


Henny Hughes--Leslie's Lady, by Tricky Creek

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Many assumed Beholder would go in the BC Juvenile Sprint based on her prior success sprinting but, just like her sire Henny Hughes, opted for the longer BC Juvenile Fillies and pulled out the win last November.

Henny Hughes didn’t actually win the BC Juvenile in 2005, but did finish a good second before returning to sprints for the remainder of his career, capturing such prestigious Grade 1 events as the King’s Bishop and Vosburgh.

With her BC Juvenile Fillies victory, champion Beholder became her sire’s top offspring from three crops to race thus far.

Beholder gets a double dose of the sprinting gene as a daughter of the stakes-winning Tricky Creek mare Leslie’s Lady. That one never competed farther than a mile in three years on track, and that was only three times.

Leslie’s Lady had already gained fame before Beholder by producing Into Mischief, a Grade 1-winning son of Harlan’s Holiday who has already seen two colts from his first crop score in graded contests.

If Beholder hopes to find success in the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks, she’ll have to pull from farther back in her female line, which boasts last year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes hero I’ll Have Another as well as Grade 1 winner Roanoke.

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