Breeders’ Cup Longines Distaff

  • 2017 Location: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
  • Inaugural Race: 1984
  • Distance: 1 1/8 mile
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds and up – Fillies and Mares
  • 2017 Purse: $2.0 million
  • 2017 Race Date: Friday, November 3rd
Breeders' Cup 2017 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

2017 Breeders’ Cup Distaff Odds & Entries

Here are the official entries, odds, and post positions for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Longines Distaff:

1Champagne RoomPeter A. EurtonMario Gutierrez15-1
2Stellar WindJohn W. SadlerVictor Espinoza5-2
3MopotismDoug F. O'NeillFranki Dettori30-1
4Abel TasmanBob BaffertMike Smith4-1
5ElateWilliam I. MottJose Ortiz3-1
6Forever UnbridledDallas StewartJohn Velazquez4-1
7Paradise WoodsRichard E. MandellaFlavien Prat9-2
8Romantic VisionGeorge R. Arnold IIBrian Hernandez Jr.15-1

Stellar Wind freshened for third Distaff attempt

The Breeders’ Cup Distaff is the highlight of the year for dirt females, and it might be third time lucky for Stellar Wind. The 5-year-old Virginia-bred mare has won 10 of her 15 starts, but two of her defeats have come in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.Read the full post here.

By Alastair Bull | October 31st, 2017

2017 Breeders’ Cup Distaff Preview and Picks

In light of news that Vale Dori will skip this year’s Longines Distaff, we’ve gone back to the drawing board. Read the full post here.

By D.S. Williamson | October 9th, 2017

Early Top 5 For 2017 BC Distaff

Following Songbird’s retirement, we’ve ranked our Top 5 early favorites for the Longines Distaff at this year’s Breeders’ Cup. Read the full post here.

By D.S. Williamson | September 13th, 2017

Breeders’ Cup Distaff History

The Breeders’ Cup Distaff, for fillies and mares at three-years of age and older, is a part of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and was included in the very first Breeders’ Cup card in 1984. It has been held every year since. From 2008 to 2012, the race was known as the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic, but reverted to the Distaff in 2013. In 2008, the Distaff became the closing anchor race for day one of the two-day Breeders’ event. The current length of the race is 1 1/8 miles; prior to that it was contested at 1/4 miles.

The Breeders’ Cup Distaff division awards up to seven automatic berths as part of “The Breeders’ Cup Challenge” series.

The first ever running of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in 1984 was won by Princess Rooney. Princess Rooney also became the first ever Breeders’ Cup champion to be inducted into the Hall of Fame (United States Racing Hall of Fame – 1991). Below you can view more details of Princess Rooney’s 1984 Distaff win and highlights from other years.

Breeders’ Cup Distaff – Race Records

Scroll over any box below to view the historical records for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff:

Speed record

Inside Information (1995)

Most Wins by a Jockey

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

Most Wins by a Thoroughbred

3-way tie: Bayakoa (1989, 1990), Royal Delta (2011, 2012), and Beholder (2013, 2016)

Most Wins by a Trainer

Bill Mott (1997, 1998, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Most Wins by an Owner

Allen Paulson (1997, 1998, 2002)

Historical Results for Breeders’ Cup Distaff

In the table below, view a historical record of the winning trainers, thoroughbreds, jockeys, and times for every Breeders’ Cup Distaff race.

2016 Beholder6Gary StevensRichard MandellaSpendthrift Farm1:49.22
2015Stopchargingmaria4Javier CastellanoTodd PletcherTown and Country Farms1:48.98
2014Untapable3Rosie NapravnikSteven AsmussenWinchell Thoroughbreds LLC1:48.68
2013Beholder3Gary StevensRichard MandellaSpendthrift Farm LLC1:47.77
2012Royal Delta4M. SmithW. MottBesilu Stables1:48.80
2011Royal Delta3J. LezcanoW. MottPalides Investments N.V., Inc1:50.78
2010Unrivaled Belle4K. DesormeauxW. MottGary Seidler and Peter Vegso1:50.04
2009Life Is Sweet4G. GomezJ. ShirreffsMr. & Mrs. Martin J. Wygod1:48.58
2008Zenyatta4M. SmithJ. ShirreffsMr. and Mrs. Jerome S. Moss1:46.85
2007Ginger Punch4R. BejaranoR. FrankelStronach Stables (Frank Stronach)1:50.11
2006Round Pond4E. PradoM. MatzFox Hill Farm1:50.50
2005Pleasant Home4C. VelasquezC. McGaughey IIIPhipps Stable1:48.34
2004Ashado3J. VelazquezT. PletcherStarlight Stables, P. Saylor & J. Martin1:48.26
2003Adoration4P. ValenzuelaD. HofmansAmerman Racing (John & Jerry Amerman)1:49.17
2002Azeri4M. SmithL. De SerouxAllen E. Paulson Living Trust1:48.64
2001Unbridled Elaine3P. DayD. StewartRoger J. Devenport1:49.21
2000Spain3V. EspinozaD. LukasThe Thoroughbred Corporation (Ahmed bin Salman)1:47.66
1999Beautiful Pleasure4J. ChavezJ. Ward Jr.John C. Oxley1:47.56
1998Escena5G. StevensW. MottAllen E. Paulson1:49.89
1997Ajina3M. SmithW. MottAllen E. Paulson1:47.20
1996Jewel Princess4C. NakataniW. DollaseThe Thoroughbred Corp. & Mr. & Mrs. R. Stephen1:48.40
1995Inside Information4M. SmithC. McGaughey IIIOgden Mills Phipps1:46.15
1994One Dreamer6G. StevensT. ProctorGlen Hill Farm (Leonard Lavin)1:50.79
1993Hollywood Wildcat3E. DelahoussayeN. DrysdaleMarjorie & Irving Cowan1:48.35
1992Paseana (ARG)5C. McCarronR. McAnallySidney H. Craig 1:48.17
1991Dance Smartly3P. DayJ. DaySam-Son Farm1:50.95
1990Bayakoa (ARG)6L. Pincay Jr.R. McAnallyMr. & Mrs. Frank E. Whitham1:49.20
1989Bayakoa (ARG)5L. Pincay Jr.R. McAnallyMr. & Mrs. Frank E. Whitham1:47.40
1988Personal Ensign4R. RomeroC. McGaughey IIIOgden Phipps1:52.00
1987Sacahuista3R. RomeroD. LukasB. A. Beal & L. R. French Jr.2:02.80†
1986Lady's Secret4P. DayD. LukasMr. & Mrs. Eugene V. Klein2:01.20†
1985Life's Magic4A. Cordero Jr.D. LukasMel Hatley & Eugene Klein2:02.00†
1984Princess Rooney4E. DelahoussayeN. DrysdalePaula Tucker2:02.40†
† – 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 races were run at 1 1⁄4 miles