Ready For Kickoff: Beholder’s First Foal To Debut Sunday At Santa Anita – Horse Racing News

Ready For Kickoff: Beholder’s First Foal To Debut Sunday At Santa Anita – Horse Racing News

Beholder and her 2018 colt by Uncle Mo. (Spendthrift Farm/Twitter photo)

The great Beholder, who won Eclipse Awards at ages two, three, five, and six and retired with career earnings of $6.1 million, will be represented on Opening Day by her first foal to race—Q B One, a 3-year-old old colt by Uncle Mo. Like his dam, Q B One is conditioned by Richard Mandella, and he’s owned by his breeder, Spendthrift Farm.

Foaled in Kentucky on Jan. 30, 2018, the dark bay or brown colt drew post position four in a field of six going 6 ½ furlongs in Sunday’s fourth race.

“I’ve had him for a bit and he’s had some minor problems,” Mandella said, “so he was sent out and came back, but he’s doing well now.

“He trains good and I think racing will make him better but I don’t know that his mind is really on it yet. We’ll get a race into him and I’d expect going short he’ll probably settle back and finish well, getting him started for better things down the road.”

Beholder, it’s worth noting, ran fourth in her debut race before becoming the first horse since 1976 to win a Grade I race at age two, three, four, and five, and being one of only two horses to ever win three Breeders’ Cup races.

Asked if Q B One has shown any qualities that his brilliant mother displayed, without giving away any trade secrets, Mandella responded with a typical quip.

“He has a good appetite,” he said.