Breeders' Cup Distaff

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Breeders' Cup Distaff
Grade I race
Location North America
Inaugurated 1984
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 Furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Fillies & Mare, three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse US$2,000,000

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 : 114 miles (1984–1987); 118 miles (1988 to present).

Automatic berths[edit]

Beginning in 2007, the Breeders' Cup developed "The Breeders' Cup Challenge," a series of races in each division that alloted 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;[1]
2. the Personal Ensign Handicap, a Grade 1 race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga, New York;[1]
3. the Beldame Stakes, a Grade 1 race at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York;[1]
4. the Zenyatta Stakes, a Grade 1 race at Santa Anita in Arcadia, California;[1]
5. the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes, a Grade 1 race at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.[1] and
6. the Clásico César del Rio, a Grade 3 race at Hipódromo de Monterrico in Lima, Peru.[1]

Records[edit]

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the Breeders' Cup Distaff[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
Purse
Grd
2014 Untapable 3 Rosie Napravnik Steve Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC 1:48.68 $2,000,000 I
2013 Beholder 3 Gary Stevens Richard Mandella Spendthrift Farm 1:47.77 $2,000,000 I
2012 Royal Delta 4 Mike E. Smith William I. Mott Besilu Stables 1:48.80 $2,000,000 I
2011 Royal Delta 3 Jose Lezcano William I. Mott Palides Investments 1:50.78 $2,000,000 I
2010 Unrivaled Belle 4 Kent Desormeaux William I. Mott Gary Seidler & Pete Vegso 1:50.04 $2,000,000 I
2009 Life Is Sweet 4 Garrett K. Gomez John Shirreffs Pam & Martin Wygod 1:48.58 $2,000,000 I
2008 Zenyatta 4 Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Ann & Jerry Moss 1:46.85 $2,000,000 I
2007 Ginger Punch 4 Rafael Bejarano Robert J. Frankel Stronach Stables 1:50.11 $2,000,000 I
2006 Round Pond 4 Edgar Prado Michael R. Matz Fox Hill Farm 1:50.50 $2,000,000 I
2005 Pleasant Home 4 Cornelio Velasquez C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps 1:48.34 $2,000,000 I
2004 Ashado 3 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Starlight Stables et al. 1:48.26 $1,000,000 I
2003 Adoration 4 Pat Valenzuela David Hofmans Amerman Racing 1:49.17 $1,000,000 I
2002 Azeri 4 Mike E. Smith Laura de Seroux Allen E. Paulson 1:48.64 $1,000,000 I
2001 Unbridled Elaine 3 Pat Day Dallas Stewart Roger J. Devenport 1:49.21 $1,000,000 I
2000 Spain 3 Victor Espinoza D. Wayne Lukas The Thoroughbred Corp. 1:47.66 $1,000,000 I
1999 Beautiful Pleasure 4 Jorge F. Chavez John T. Ward, Jr. John C. Oxley 1:47.56 $1,000,000 I
1998 Escena 5 Gary Stevens William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson 1:49.89 $1,000,000 I
1997 Ajina 3 Mike E. Smith William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson 1:47.20 $1,000,000 I
1996 Jewel Princess 4 Corey Nakatani Wallace Dollase M & R Stephen/TTC 1:48.40 $1,000,000 I
1995 Inside Information 4 Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps 1:46.15 $1,000,000 I
1994 One Dreamer 6 Gary Stevens Thomas F. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 1:50.79 $1,000,000 I
1993 Hollywood Wildcat 3 Ed Delahoussaye Neil Drysdale Irving & Marjorie Cowan 1:48.35 $1,000,000 I
1992 Paseana (ARG) 5 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Sidney H. Craig 1:48.17 $1,000,000 I
1991 Dance Smartly 3 Pat Day James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 1:50.95 $1,000,000 I
1990 Bayakoa (ARG) 6 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Ron McAnally Frank & Janis Whitham 1:49.20 $1,000,000 I
1989 Bayakoa (ARG) 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Ron McAnally Frank & Janis Whitham 1:47.40 $1,000,000 I
1988 Personal Ensign 4 Randy Romero C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Phipps 1:52.00 $1,000,000 I
1987 Sacahuista 3 Randy Romero D. Wayne Lukas B. A. Beal & L. R. French 2:02.80† $1,000,000 I
1986 Lady's Secret 4 Pat Day D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 2:01.20† $1,000,000 I
1985 Life's Magic 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Mel Hatley/Gene Klein 2:02.00† $1,000,000 I
1984 Princess Rooney 4 Ed Delahoussaye Neil Drysdale Paula J. Tucker 2:02.40† $1,000,000 I

† - 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 races were run at 114 miles

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