In one of the most exciting finishes ever witnessed at the Breeders Cup in its 39 years on the calendar, the Distaff was decided in a three-way photo, with 5-2 second-choice Malathaat getting the verdict by a nose that was more like a whisker. Here’s the 2022 Breeders Cup Distaff Recap!
Breeders Cup Distaff
G1, $2,000,000, 1m 1f main track, 3yo+ females, 8 ran
Before the gates opened the race looked like one of the best of the weekend and it certainly lived up to its billing. Society and then Secret Oath set a searching gallop but all the action was in behind, with the first three home the last three after half a mile.
The race lit up in the last furlong. The longshot Blue Stripe drove to the lead but on the rail, Clairiere was laying down a sustained challenge, while down the outside Malathaat was finishing off like a runaway train under the veteran John Velazquez.
The three flashed under the wire together, and even after several different slow-motion angles, it was practically impossible to split them.
Then the announcement came: Malathaat by a nose from Blue Stripe by a nose from Clairiere. The time was 1:49 and changed; the favorite Nest was fourth.
The finish was reminiscent of the never-to-be-forgotten 1988 Distaff won by the all-time great Personal Ensign, and although Malathaat can’t honestly be compared to that unbeaten icon, their names may well be linked forever now.
2022 Breeders Cup Distaff Payout Prices
#1 Malathaat: Win 7.36 Place 4.04 Show 3.00
#2 Blue Stripe: Place 12.4 Show 7.06
#4 Clairiere: Show 4.66
Malathaat, trained by Todd Pletcher and third in last year’s Distaff, is now ten-for-14 and never off the board, and looks certain to win divisional honors at the Eclipse Awards.
2022 Breeders Cup Distaff Race Video
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