BREEDERS' CUP | Beholder's scratch a testament to the difficulty of big horse racing victories

10/29/2015 07:46 PM

The mare was set to give the Run for the Roses winner a run for his money.

Beholder was given the best shot to beat Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in this years Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Beholder had the second best odds to win the Classic before being scratched after a routine exam after a routine workout. Following her morning gallop, Beholder’s trainers performed an endoscopic procedure which found Beholder was bleeding slightly in her lungs.

After pulling in Breeders’ Cup victories (The Juvenile Fillies in 2012, and the Distaff in 2013) Beholder now had a promising chance at a Classic, which would have been a first in the Breeders’ Cup 31 year history.

Trainer Richard Mandella made the announcement to reporters and says the decision is precautionary.

Beholder being held out of the Classic is an unfortunate facet of horse racing. It is a testament to how difficult milestone victories are to obtain in such a capricious sport. The stars of perfect health, a perfect workout regimen, a perfect jockey, and a perfect ride must align to grab marquis wins in racing.

Jennie Rees has been covering horse racing as The Courier-journal’s Turf Writer for over 30 years. While she is excited to watch the Triple Crown Champ compete for a new level of greatness, Beholder’s involvement would have made it all the race even sweeter.

We talked to Rees about the rest of the Classic field also. Here is our full interview:

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