Early Tuesday morning after arriving to Keeneland the day before, champion mare Beholder spiked a measly fever 101.3. This deja vu since last year Beholder was forced to scratch from the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (no longer the Ladies Classic, thank goodness) when she spiked a fever of over 104.
On October 31 the Breeders’ Cup Classic will be run with Beholder as the horse everyone thinks is most likely gonna win, but deep down they kind of hope she doesn’t.
“I don’t get why they even said anything,” said Beholder this morning after the news broke, “101.3 isn’t even a temperature. Sure, higher than normal but its really no big deal, I mean, last year at 104 that was actually an issue. I’m totally fine.”
Reports have confirmed that the object found in the test barn yesterday is not related to Beholder’s fever.
This year phan phavorite American Pharoah will be trying to win what people are calling the “Grand Slam,” which is a phorced phrase that started this year that means a horse has won the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Invasor won the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Classic after winning the Uruguayan Triple Crown, but no one considered that a Grand Slam.
Since American Pharoah lost the Travers in heart breaking style to another talented three year old Keen Ice, and since Beholder obliterated the competition in the Pacific Classic, racing fans are all starting to realize that, dang, the Pharoah will probably lose to the mare. So the Gleneagles style “will she, wont she” decision is a big deal.