When: Friday, November 4, 2016
Where: Santa Anita Park - Arcadia, California
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Age/Sex: 3 Year Olds & Up Fillies & Mares
Purse: $2 Million
Post Time: 7:35pm
The Distaff brings together the best female dirt horses for a championship showdown at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.
The 33rd running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, will return to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th, 2016 and kicks off with a series of "Win and You're In" Challenge races that lead up to the World Championships.
Every year, the Breeders' Cup Championship continues to grow in popularity because of its prestige and keen level of competition.
There are only so many fillies and mares in the world who are willing to run up against the top dogs in the world, especially in a day and age where the top of the filly and mare division is as good as it's arguably been since Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta were dominating. The field for the Breeders' Cup Longines Distaff is going to end up being relatively small, but the showcase race on Friday is sure to be one for the ages.
Corona del Inca ( Gran Premio Criadores )
Cavorting ( Ogden Phipps Handicap / Personal Ensign Stakes )
Paid Up Subscriber ( Fleur de Lis Handicap )
Stellar Wind ( Clement L. Hirsch Stakes / Zenyatta Stakes )
I'm a Chatterbox ( Spinster Stakes )
Of the seven races that are "Win and You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Longines Distaff, we only had five different winners this year. Both Cavorting and Stellar Wind won a pair of prep races for the biggest filly and mare race of the year. Only one of the two, Stellar Wind, is going to be here at the Breeders' Cup Longines Distaff. Corona del Inca, the Argentine horse who won the Gran Premio Criadores way back in May to stamp her ticket to race with the big girls, has made the trip to California. She was an 11 to 1 longshot that day against a field of six though, so this is obviously a massive step up in class for the five-year old mare.
Cavorting and Paid Up Subscriber have elected to skip the Distaff in spite of the fact that both won entry into the race.
|Horse & Post Position||Odds||Trainer||Off Track Odds|
|1 - Songbird||6/5||Jerry Hollendorfer||Off Track Odds|
|2 - Land Over Sea||30/1||Doug O'Neill||Off Track Odds|
|3 - Curalina||12/1||Todd Pletcher||Off Track Odds|
|4 - Corona Del Inca||30/1||Guillermo Frenkel Santillan||Off Track Odds|
|5 - Stellar Wind||5/2||John Sadler||Off Track Odds|
|6 - Forever Unbridled||12/1||Dallas Stewart||Off Track Odds|
|7 - I'm a Chatterbox||12/1||Doug O'Neill||Off Track Odds|
|8 - Beholder||5/2||Richard Mandella||Off Track Odds|
Of the nine pre-entries for the Breeders' Cup Longines Distaff, eight of the nine are ultimately going to run. There were questions as to which race both Curalina and Carina Mia were going to ultimately be entered into, but only Curalina is primed for the Breeders' Cup Longines Distaff and will run on the big stage on Friday night.
Beholder is almost a bit of a forgotten name in filly and mare racing. She's an odds-on favorite just about everywhere she goes, but she spent some time running against the boys this summer at the Pacific Classic and ultimately was beaten by Stellar Wind both in the Zenyatta Stakes and the Clement L. Hirsch Handicap, a pair of shocking results. She's only the co-second favorite in this race though, at 5/2. Stellar Wind is also right there at 5 to 2.
I'm a Chatterbox ( 12/1 ) is another one of these horses who is always running in these Grade 1 races, though she was beaten soundly last year in this race by finishing eighth in spite of the fact that she was amongst the favorites in what was then a 14-horse field.
Forever Unbridled, also set at 12 to 1, has fantastic breeding for this race and has had a lot of great finishes, including hitting the board in all six of her races this year, five of which have come at the Grade 1 level.
And then there's Songbird, the horse who very well could end up as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Longines Distaff. She's been an odds-on favorite in her last nine races, and she's a perfect 11-for-11 in her career, winning every time she's been on the track by multiple lengths. She's only 6 to 5 on the morning line odds for the Breeders' Cup Distaff, and that's the biggest price you'll probably ever see on her again.
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|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1)||1 Mile (Turf)||2 Year Olds||$1 Million||5:25pm|
|Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1)||1 Mile||3 Year Olds & Up||$1 Million||6:05pm|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1)||1 mile (Turf)||2 Year Old Fillies||$1 Million||6:50pm|
|Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1)||1 1/8 miles||3 Year Olds & Up Fillies & Mares||$2 Million||7:35pm|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)||1 1/16 miles||2 Year Old||$2 Million||3:05pm|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1)||1 1/4 miles (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$2 Million||3:43pm|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1)||7 furlongs||3 Yr Olds & Up||$1 Million||4:21pm|
|Geico Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1)||6.5 Furlongs (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$1 Million||5:05pm|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)||1 1/16 miles||2 Yr Old Colts||$2 Million||5:43pm|
|Breeders' Cup Turf (G1)||1 1/2 miles (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$3 Million||6:22pm|
|TwinSpires Breeders Cup Sprint (G1)||6 Furlongs||3 Yr Olds & Up||$1.5 Million||7:01pm|
|Breeders' Cup Mile (G1)||1 mile (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$2 Million||7:40pm|
|Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)||1 1/4 miles||3 Yr Olds & Up||$5 Million||8:35pm|
* Times GMT and subject to change.
|1st||Beholder||5||3||8-9||G Stevens||R Mandella|
|2nd||Close Hatches||3||3||8-9||J Rosario||W Mott|
|3rd||Authenticity||2||6||8-12||J Velazquez||T Pletcher|
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