Breeders Cup Distaff

The Breeders Cup Distaff draws together the best three-year-old and up fillies and mares going a distance of 1 1/8 miles (9 furlongs). This top-ranked race for fillies and mares was known as the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic from 2008 to 2012. The race is currently called the Longines Distaff.

In 1984, Princess Rooney became the first mare to win the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. She was also the first Breeders’ Cup champion to be inducted into the Hall of Fame (United States Racing Hall of Fame – 1991).  Aside from Princess Rooney, the Distaff has been won by a number of memorable female stars over the years, including Lady’s Secret (1986), Personal Ensign (1988), Dance Smartly (2003), Paseana (1992), Inside Information (1995), Azeri (2002), Ashado (2004), and Zenyatta (2009).

Horses can qualify for the event either through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re in” or through a selection process. If there are more than 14 nominees (oversubscribed), the BC Challenge Series winners will get spots and the next seven are determined by points based on the following formula. Win, place, and show horses in Grade I stakes earn ten, six, and four points, respectively. The top three finishers in Grade II stakes earn six, four, and two points respectively, and in Grade III races the points earned are four, two, and one, respectively.

RACE QUALITYWINPLACESHOW
Grade 11064
Grade 2642
Grade 3421

The horses remaining after the BC Challenge winners and 7 entries based on points will be ranked in order of preference by the Panel. The Panel will be free to establish its own criteria or ranking so that high-quality horses of demonstrated ability will have the opportunity to participate in Championship Races regardless of earlier participation in graded events.

Breeders’ Cup Distaff Win and You’re In Races

DATERACEGRADETRACKDISTANCEWINNERVIDEO
May 1stGran Premio Criadores1Hipodromo de Palermo1 1/2 MilesLa Validada (ARG)Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Jun 11thOgden Phipps1Belmont Park1 1/16 MilesClairiereBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Aug 6thClement L. Hirsch Stakes1Del Mar1 1/16 MilesBlue Stripe Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Oct 9thSpinster Stakes1Keeneland1 1/8 Miles

Records

Most wins:

2 – Bayakoa (ARG) (1989, 1990)

2 – Royal Delta (2011, 2012)

2 – Beholder (2013, 2016)

2 – Monomoy Girl (2018, 2020)

Most wins by a jockey:

5 – Mike Smith (1995, 1997, 2002, 2008, 2012)

Most wins by a trainer:

5 – William I. Mott (1997, 1998, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Most wins by an owner:

3 – Allen Paulson (1997, 1998, 2002)       

Breeders’ Cup Distaff Past Winners

YEARWINNERAGEJOCKEYTRAINEROWNER
2021Marche Lorraine (JPN)5Oisin MurphyYoshito YahagiU. Carrot Farm
2020Monomoy Girl5Florent GerouxBrad H. CoxMichael Dubb, Monomoy Stables et al.
2019Blue Prize (ARG)6Joe BravoIgnacio Correas IVMerriebelle Stable
2018Monomoy Girl3Florent GerouxBrad H. CoxMichael Dubb, Monomoy Stables et al.
2017Forever Unbridled5John VelazquezDallas StewartCharles E. Fipke
2016Beholder6Gary StevensRichard MandellaSpendthrift Farm
2015Stopchargingmaria4Javier CastellanoTodd PletcherTown And Country Farms
2014Untapable3Rosie NapravnikSteve AsmussenWinchell Thoroughbreds
2013Beholder3Gary StevensRichard MandellaSpendthrift Farm
2012Royal Delta4Mike E. SmithWilliam I. MottBesilu Stables
2011Royal Delta3Jose LezcanoWilliam I. MottPalides Investments
2010Unrivaled Belle4Kent DesormeauxWilliam I. MottGary Seidler & Pete Vegso
2009Life Is Sweet4Garrett K. GomezJohn ShirreffsPam & Martin Wygod
2008Zenyatta4Mike E. SmithJohn ShirreffsAnn & Jerry Moss
2007Ginger Punch4Rafael BejaranoRobert J. FrankelStronach Stables
2006Round Pond4Edgar PradoMichael R. MatzFox Hill Farm
2005Pleasant Home4Cornelio VelásquezDavid HofmansOgden Mills Phipps
2004Ashado3John VelazquezTodd PletcherStarlight Stables et al.
2003Adoration4Pat ValenzuelaDavid HofmansAmerman Racing
2002Azeri4Mike E. SmithLaura de SerouxAllen E. Paulson
2001Unbridled Elaine3Pat DayDallas StewartRoger J. Devenport
2000Spain3Victor EspinozaD. Wayne LukasThe Thoroughbred Corp.
1999Beautiful Pleasure4Jorge F. ChavezJohn T. Ward Jr.John C. Oxley
1998Escena5Gary StevensWilliam I. MottAllen E. Paulson
1997Ajina3Mike E. SmithWilliam I. MottAllen E. Paulson
1996Jewel Princess4Corey NakataniWallace DollaseM & R Stephen/TTC
1995Inside Information4Mike E. SmithC. R. McGaughey IIIOgden Mills Phipps
1994One Dreamer6Gary StevensThomas F. ProctorGlen Hill Farm
1993Hollywood Wildcat3Ed DelahoussayeNeil DrysdaleIrving & Marjorie Cowan
1992Paseana (ARG)5Chris McCarronRon McAnallySidney H. Craig
1991Dance Smartly3Pat DayJames E. DaySam-Son Farm
1990Bayakoa (ARG)6Laffit Pincay Jr.Ron McAnallyFrank & Janis Whitham
1989Bayakoa (ARG)5Laffit Pincay Jr.Ron McAnallyFrank & Janis Whitham
1988Personal Ensign4Randy RomeroC. R. McGaughey IIIOgden Phipps
1987Sacahuista3Randy RomeroD. Wayne LukasB. A. Beal & L. R. French
1986Lady’s Secret4Pat DayD. Wayne LukasGene Klein
1985Life’s Magic4Ángel Cordero Jr.D. Wayne LukasMel Hatley/Gene Klein
1984Princess Rooney4Ed DelahoussayeNeil DrysdalePaula J. Tucker
1988Personal Ensign4Randy RomeroC. R. McGaughey IIIOgden Phipps
1987Sacahuista3Randy RomeroD. Wayne LukasB. A. Beal & L. R. French
1986Lady’s Secret4Pat DayD. Wayne LukasGene Klein
1985Life’s Magic4Ángel Cordero Jr.D. Wayne LukasMel Hatley/Gene Klein
1984Princess Rooney4Ed DelahoussayeNeil DrysdalePaula J. Tucker

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