OffTrackBetting.com - The G1 Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff comes our way this Friday, November 4 from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will be featured when they take to Santa Anita's dirt track and race 1 1/8 miles for the winner's portion of the $2 million purse.
A strong field of eight have been confirmed for the BC Distaff - race 9 on Santa Anita's stacked Friday schedule. Post time is 4:35 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all eight combatants for this G1 stakes.
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2016 Breeders' Cup Distaff Entries at Santa Anita Park
Songbird 6-5 - Jerry Hollendorfer trained undefeated superstar filly and reigning Eclipse Award winner for two year old fillies won all four of her starts in 2015, the last three in G1 events. Her debut was by 6 1/2 lengths in July which was followed by wins by an impressive 5 1/4 lengths in the G1 Del Mar Debutante September 5, the G1 Chandelier Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita September 26, and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies by an impressive 5 3/4 lengths. She has seven starts in 2016 and seven more impressive wins - in the G1 Cotillion Stakes last time out at Parx September 24, in the G1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga August 20, by over five lengths in the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks July 24, by 6 1/2 lengths in the G2 Summertime Oaks June 18, by 3 1/4 lengths in the G1 Santa Anita Oaks April 9, the G3 Santa Ysabel Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths March 5 and by 6 1/2 lengths in the G2 Las Virgenes Stakes February 6. She hasn't been touched yet - seven gate-to-wire wins in 11 starts - by a combined 50+ lengths - as impressive as any horse in any division. She will look to keep the incredible roll going Friday - from the rail with Mike Smith aboard the obvious favorite.
Stellar Wind 5-2 - John Sadler Eclipse Award winner as 2015 Champion 3 Year Old Filly arrives on a nice two race win streak - both over the terrific Beholder. Last time out was in the G1 Zenyatta Stakes here October 1 and also in the G1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar July 30. Before that was a second behind Beholder after a seven month layoff in the G1 Vanity Mile June 4, a good second in the Breeders' Cup Distaff and a tidy two race win streak- the G3 Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar last August 30 and the G2 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita June 20, 2015. Other results include a terrific win in the G1 Santa Anita Oaks April 4 of last year and an upset 2 3/4 length victory in the G3 Santa Ysabel Stakes at 7-1 odds February 28, 2015. She now has seven wins, two seconds and a third place finish in 11 career starts - as competitive as they come when healthy. Victor Espinoza has been tabbed with gaining a third straight G1 win - from post 5.
Beholder 5-2 - superstar three time Eclipse Award winner - 2015 Champion Older Mare, 2013 Champion 3 Year Old Filly and 2012 Champion 2 Year Old Filly - 10 time Grade 1 victor has 25 career starts with an incredible 17 wins and six second place finishes. She enters on the heels of three straight seconds though - behind Stellar Wind in the G1 Zenyatta Stakes last time out here October 1, in the G1 Pacific Classic against the boys including California Chrome and behind Stellar Wind in the G1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes here July 30. Before that was a terrific eight race win streak - the G1 Vanity Mile June 4, the G3 Adoration Stakes May 8 after 7 1/2 months away, the G1 Zenyatta Stakes (for the third straight year) September 26, the 2015 G1 Pacific Classic against the boys by 8 1/4 lengths, the 2015 G1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes by an incredible seven lengths August 1, the 2015 Adoration Stakes, the minor Santa Lucia Stakes in April and the 2015 Zenyatta Stakes in September. She won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in 2012 and the Breeders' Cup Distaff in 2013. Beholder is a three-time Eclipse Award winner for a reason - she is mighty impressive and is destined to be in the mix Saturday. Gary Stevens will once as Beholder tries to flip the script on Stellar Wind and snap a three race losing streak.
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Forever Unbridled 12-1 - consistent Dallas Stewart trained filly has five wins, three seconds and three third place finishes in 13 career starts. She enters off a nice win in the G1 Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park October 1 which followed an OK third in the G1 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga August 27, a second to Cavorting in the G1 Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park June 11 and a three race win streak - the G1 Apple Blossom Stakes at Oaklawn Park April 15, the G3 Houston Ladies Classic January 30 and the G3 Comely Stakes at Aqueduct November 28. Before that was a fifth in the G2 Raven Run Stakes in October, an ugly eleventh in the G1 Kentucky Oaks May 1 and consecutive third place finishes - the G2 Fair Grounds Oaks March 28 and the G3 Rachel Alexandra Stakes in February. Forever Unbridled has been looked good in her last six starts overall and hopes to be in the mix again Friday. Joel Rosario gets the call from gate 6.
I'm a Chatterbox 12-1 - seven time stakes winner and Larry Jones trained filly has eight wins, three seconds and two third place finishes in 16 career starts - she was second to Stellar Wind in last year's Eclipse Award voting. She enters having won three of her last four starts - a win last time out in the G1 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes at Keeneland October 9 followed a fourth in the G1 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga August 27 and a nice two race win streak - the G1 Delaware Handicap July 16 and the minor $100,000 Obeah Stakes by 8 1/2 lengths also at Delaware Park June 11. Those wins followed a good second in the G3 Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland in April, a somewhat disappointing eighth in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, a win in the G1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx September 19, 2015 and consecutive seconds - behind Curalina after being DQ'd for interference in the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks July 26 of last year and in the G1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga a month before that. I'm a Chatterbox has been in some top company and has fared very well for the most part. She will leave from post 7 hoping to make it four wins in five starts with Florent Geroux in the saddle.
Curalina 12-1 - Todd Pletcher trained filly has been very good in her 12 career starts - six wins, three seconds and two third place finishes. She debuted in July, 2014 and finished second and went on to four straight wins - the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks July 26, the G1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park June 6, an Allowance Optional Claiming score by 8 1/4 lengths May 1 at Churchill Downs and a maiden score in March. Last time out was a respectable second in the G1 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga August 27 after another win - in the G3 Shuvee Handicap 9 1/4 lengths July 31, a disappointing fourth in the G1 Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park June 11 and a win in the G1 La Troienne Stakes by 7 1/4 lengths at Churchill Downs May 6. She also had a respectable third behind Stopchargingmaria in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Distaff, a second in the G1 Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park last September 26 and a third in the G1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga August 22. Curalina has been in every race so far and hopes to be again Friday with John Velazquez guiding her from post 3.
Land Over Sea 30-1 - Doug O'Neill trained filly will hit the track for the thirteenth time Saturday off an OK fourth in the G1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx September 24. Before that was an ugly twelfth in the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational July 9, a disappointing sixth in the G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 20, a good second in the G1 Kentucky Oaks May 5, a career defining 4 1/2 length win in the G2 Fair Grounds Oaks March 26 and consecutive runner-up finishes - behind Songbird in the G2 Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita March 5 and behind Songbird in the G2 Las Virgenes Stakes February 6. She's also posted a seventh behind Songbird in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile October 31, another respectable second behind Songbird in the G1 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita September 26 and a third behind Songbird yet again in the G1 Del Mar Debutante last September 5. Land Over Sea was very good before her last three starts and will be out to avenge those performances. She departs from gate 2 with Mario Gutierrez aboard.
Corona Del Inca 30-1 - Argentinean bred Guillermo Frenkel-Santillan trained mare makes her North American debut Friday having posted four wins, a second and a third place finish in the 10 career starts at home. Last time out was one of her wins - the Group 1 Criadores May 1 which followed a sixth in a Group 1 race in March, a second in a minor takes race in January and two wins to end her 2015 campaign. Corona Del Inca arrives off a career-best performance but still looks as though she will be in over her head from gate 4. Pablo Gustavo Falero rides.
2016 Breeders' Cup Distaff Odds & Entries
Race 9 on Santa Anita's Friday card with a Post Time of 7:35 PM.
|1||Songbird||6-5||Mike Smith||Jerry Hollendorfer|
|2||Land Over Sea||30-1||Mario Gutierrez||Doug O'Neill|
|3||Curalina||12-1||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher|
|4||Corona Del Inca (ARG)||30-1||Pablo Falero||Guillermo Frenkel-Santillan|
|5||Stellar Wind||5-2||Victor Espinoza||John Sadler|
|6||Forever Unbridled||12-1||Joel Rosario||Dallas Stewart|
|7||I'm a Chatterbox||12-1||Florent Geroux||J. Jones|
|8||Beholder||5-2||Gary Stevens||Richard Mandella|