Breeders' Cup Distaff
|Grade I race|
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||1⅛ miles (9 Furlongs)|
|Qualification||Fillies & Mare, three-years-old & up|
The Breeders' Cup Distaff is a Weight for Age Thoroughbred horse race for fillies and mares, 3 years old and up. Known as the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic between 2008 and 2012, it is held annually at a different racetrack in the United States or Canada as part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Starting with the 2008 Breeders' Cup, the Distaff will be the final race on the first day of the two-day event.
Distance : 11⁄4 miles (1984–1987); 11⁄8 miles (1988 to present).
Beginning in 2007, the Breeders' Cup developed "The Breeders' Cup Challenge," a series of races in each division that allotted automatic qualifying bids to the winners of defined races. Each of the fourteen divisions has between three and seven of these, "Win and You're In," qualifying races.
In the Breeders' Cup Distaff Division the number of runners are limited to 14 and there are six automatic berths.
The "Win and You're In" races are:
1. the Clement Hirsch Handicap, a Grade 1 race at Del Mar Racetrack in San Diego, California;
2. the Personal Ensign Handicap, a Grade 1 race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga, New York;
3. the Beldame Stakes, a Grade 1 race at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York;
4. the Zenyatta Stakes, a Grade 1 race at Santa Anita in Arcadia, California;
5. the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes, a Grade 1 race at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. and
6. the Clásico César del Rio, a Grade 3 race at Hipódromo de Monterrico in Lima, Peru.
Most wins by a jockey:
- 5 - Mike Smith (1995, 1997, 2002, 2008, 2012)
Most wins by a trainer:
- 5 - William I. Mott (1997, 1998, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Most wins by an owner:
- 3 - Allen Paulson (1997, 1998, 2002)
Winners of the Breeders' Cup Distaff
† - 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 races were run at 11⁄4 miles
- Breeders' Cup Distaff "top three finishers" and starters
- American Thoroughbred Racing top Attended Events
- Official Breeders' Cup website
- Ten Things You Should Know about the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic at Hello Race Fans!
- Three Great Moments: Breeders' Cup Distaff at Hello Race Fans!