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Topped by the additions of champions Beholder and Tepin, chosen in their first year of eligibility, eight new members have been elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame class of 2022.
The class of 2022 will be enshrined Aug. 5 at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs. N.Y., at 10:30 a.m. ET. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the Museum's website at www.racingmuseum.org. The event is open to the public and free to attend.
Beholder compiled a record of 18-6-0 from 26 starts and earnings of $6,156,600 while racing from 2012 through 2016. She earned four Eclipse Awards (champion 2-year-old female in 2012; champion 3-year-old female in 2013; and champion older dirt female in 2015 and 2016). Purchased by Spendthrift Farm at the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $180,000, Beholder was trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella.
Beholder won three races at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships: the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and two editions of the Breeders' Cup Distaff in 2013 and 2016, including a sensational victory over champion Songbird by a nose in the 2016 Distaff in her final start.
Beholder is one of only two horses (Hall of Famer Goldikova is the other) with three Breeders' Cup victories. Overall, Beholder won 13 graded stakes (11 Grade 1s), including a victory against males in the 2015 $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic. She is the only horse since 1976 to win at least one Grade 1 every year from ages 2 through 6.
"What a great honor it is to train a horse like Beholder," said Mandella, who plans to attend her induction ceremony with his wife, Randi. "It was an experience only a few trainers have ever experienced, because there are very few horses that will ever be as good as she was. She overcame my training several times."
Tepin posted a record of 13-5-1 from 23 starts with earnings of $4,437,918 in her career from 2013 through 2016. She received the Eclipse Award as champion turf female in 2015 and 2016. Tepin was purchased by Robert Masterson at the Fasig-Tipton 2012 Saratoga Select Yearling Sale for $140,000 and was trained by Hall of Famer Mark Casse.
During her first championship season in 2015, Tepin won four graded stakes, including the Breeders' Cup Mile against a predominantly male field. She repeated as champion turf female the following year on the strength of a campaign that included Grade 1 wins in the Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes and Ricoh Woodbine Mile and a memorable score in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in England. Tepin defeated males in both the Woodbine Mile and Queen Anne. She won a total of 11 graded/group stakes victories and won at seven different tracks.
Other 2022 inductees include racehorses Hillsdale and Royal Heroine and trainer Oscar White via the Historic Review Committee, and Pillars of the Turf selections James Cox Brady, Marshall Cassidy, and James Ben Ali Haggin.