Beholder to be bred to sire sensation Mo
Beholder (8) outguns Songbird in the Breeders' Cup Distaff
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Champion Beholder to be bred to Uncle Mo
By Bloodstock World Staff 11:56AM 7 NOV 2016
BREEDERS' CUP Distaff winner Beholder has been retired from racing and is now set to begin life as a broodmare, with the Spendthrift Farm-owned mare set to be bred to Coolmore's sire sensation Uncle Mo.
The six-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes won 11 Grade 1s throughout her career, with Saturday's victory her third to be gained at the Breeders' Cup meeting after she had landed the Juvenile Fillies in 2012 and the following year's renewal of the Distaff.
Beholder is also the only horse in history to have won both the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and the Distaff.
Bred by Clarkland Farm, Beholder is out of the Tricky Creek mare Leslie's Lady and is half-sister to Grade 1 winner and Spendthrift Farm stallion Into Mischief.
"We're 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'."
Uncle Mo, an eight-year-old son of Indian Charlie who won the Champagne Stakes and Breeders' Cup Juvenile for Todd Pletcher, has already made a big impact with his first two crops, siring 11 Graded stakes winners and a trio of Grade 1 scorers, including 2015 champion two-year-old and Kentucky Derby hero Nyquist.
"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 [B Wayne Hughes, Spendthrift owner] will breed another champion. We bought Beholder's half-brother [$3 million Scat Daddy colt] at Keeneland in September, and we can only hope that he'll be half as good as her."