2018 Breeders' Cup Distaff

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The Breeders' Cup Distaff brings together the best female dirt horses for a championship showdown at 1 1/8 miles on the main track. This race was won by the great Zenyatta at Santa Anita in 2008.

Breeders' Cup Distaff

Purse:$2,000,000Grade: 1
Distance: 1 1/8 MilesAge: 3+

The Breeders' Cup Distaff (formerly Ladies Classic) is a Weight for Age Thoroughbred horse race for fillies and mares, 3 years old and up. Known as the Breeders' Cup Distaff from its inception in 1984 through 2007, it is held annually at a different racetrack in the United States or Canada as part of the Breeders' Cup thoroughbred championships.

Since the 2008 Breeders' Cup, the Distaff has been the final race on the first day of the two-day event.

2018 Breeders' Cup Distaff Odds & Entries

Race 9 on Churchill Downs's Saturday card with a Post Time of 4:16 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Champagne Problems 12-1 Calvin Borel
124 Lbs
Ian Wilkes
2 Abel Tasman 7-2 Mike Smith
124 Lbs
Bob Baffert
3 La Force (GER) 20-1 Drayden Van Dyke
124 Lbs
Patrick Gallagher
4 Mopotism 30-1 Mario Gutierrez
124 Lbs
Doug O'Neill
5 Wonder Gadot 15-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr.
121 Lbs
Mark Casse
6 Verve's Tale 30-1 Brian Hernandez, Jr.
124 Lbs
Barclay Tagg
7 Midnight Bisou 6-1 John Velazquez
121 Lbs
Steven Asmussen
8 Vale Dori (ARG) 12-1 Joseph Talamo
124 Lbs
Bob Baffert
9 Wow Cat (CHI) 8-1 Jose Ortiz
124 Lbs
Chad Brown
10 Blue Prize (ARG) 6-1 Joe Bravo
124 Lbs
Ignacio Correas, IV
11 Monomoy Girl 2-1 Florent Geroux
121 Lbs
Brad Cox

Monomoy Girl Has Homecourt Edge in 2018 Breeders' Cup Distaff

One race preceding the Breeders' Cup Turf on the Championship Saturday program is the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff at 1 1/8 miles. Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stable, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stable's standout 3-year-old filly MONOMOY GIRL will return to the scene of her biggest triumph when she starts as the likely favorite.

The daughter of 2012 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Tapizar won the Kentucky Oaks (GI) in May, which highlights a resume that also includes Grade I wins in the Ashland at Keeneland in April, Acorn at Belmont Park in June and Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga in July for trainer Brad Cox. Monomoy Girl, who is 8-for-10 lifetime, finished first in the Cotillion (GI) Sept. 22 at Parx Racing but was controversially disqualified to second due to interference in the stretch.

A major threat appears to be Merriebelle Stable's BLUE PRIZE (ARG), who qualified for the Distaff with her win in the local "Win and You're In" Fleur de Lis (GII) in June for trainer Ignacio Correas IV. The 5-year-old daughter of Pure Prize recently won another Distaff automatic qualifier, Keeneland's "Win and You're In" Juddmonte Spinster (GI) Oct. 7, and is 7-for-16 lifetime, though it's her 5-3-2-0 record at Churchill that really adds to her appeal.

China Horse Club and Clearsky Farm's ABEL TASMAN was the leading older filly or mare when she won a pair of Distaff Challenge races in Belmont's "Win and You're In" Ogden Phipps (GI) in June and Saratoga's Personal Ensign (GI) in August, but was surprisingly off form when badly beaten at 1-9 when fifth in Santa Anita's "Win and You're In" Zenyatta Stakes (GI) Sept. 29.

The 4-year-old daughter of Quality Road was second in last year's Distaff at Del Mar for trainer Bob Baffert and won the Kentucky Oaks earlier in the season as part of a 3-year-old Championship campaign. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's VALE DORI (ARG) won the Distaff berth that went with her win in the Zenyatta, also for Baffert. The 6-year-old daughter of Asiatic Boy (ARG) has won 10 races in 21 starts.

Peter Brant and Stud Vendaval's 4-year-old WOW CAT (CHI) was a 3 ΒΌ-length winner of the Beldame (GI) on Oct. 6 at Belmont Park for trainer Chad Brown. Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing's MIDNIGHT BISOU, winner of both the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) and the Mother Goose (G1), was placed first over Monomoy Girl in the Cotillion, and has also been pre-entered by trainer Steve Asmussen.

Recent Breeders' Cup Distaff Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
2018 Monomoy Girl Florent Geroux Brad Cox 1:49.79
2017 Forever Unbridled John Velazquez Dallas Stewart 1:50.25
2016 Beholder Gary Stevens Richard Mandella 1:49.20
2015 Stopchargingmaria Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher 1:48.98
2014 Untapable Rosie Napravnik Steve Asmussen 1:48.68
2013 Beholder Gary Stevens Richard Mandella 1:47.77
2012 Royal Delta Mike E. Smith MWilliam I. Mott 1:48.80
2011 Royal Delta Jose Lezcano William I. Mott 1:50.78
2010 Unrivaled Belle Kent Desormeaux William I. Mott 1:50.04
2009 Life Is Sweet Garrett K. Gomez John Shirreffs 1:48.58
2008 Zenyatta Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs 1:46.85


Breeders' Cup Race Grade Purse Date
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint II $1,000,000 November 1
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf I $1,000,000 November 1
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies I $2,000,000 November 1
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf I $1,000,000 November 1
Breeders' Cup Juvenile I $2,000,000 November 1
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint I $1,000,000 November 2
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint I $1,000,000 November 2
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile I $1,000,000 November 2
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf I $2,000,000 November 2
Breeders' Cup Sprint I $2,000,000 November 2
Breeders' Cup Mile I $2,000,000 November 2
Breeders' Cup Distaff I $2,000,000 November 2
Breeders' Cup Turf I $4,000,000 November 2
Breeders' Cup Classic I $6,000,000 November 2
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