October 31st, 2014 − Santa Anita

Breeders' Cup Distaff

RACE COVERAGE: Classic | Distaff | Turf | Filly & Mare Turf | Mile | Dirt Mile | Sprint | Turf Sprint | Filly & Mare Sprint | Juvenile | Juvenile Turf | Juvenile Fillies | Juvenile Fillies Turf

DISTAFF, $2 million, 1 1/8 miles, dirt

 L'Amour de Ma Vie  P. Brandt  M. Guyon Curious placement for Group 2 winner from Europe, turf-specialty imports have not fared well in Distaff 30-1  15-1
 Tiz Midnight  B. Baffert  V. Espinoza Improving filly benefitted from soft pace scenario first stakes, getting good right time of year, adds speed  12-1  10-1
 Iotapa  J. Sadler  J. Talamo Front-runner missed break and lost her best chance in Zenyatta, also bled, would help insure honest pace  10-1  6-1
 Belle Gallantey  R. Rodriguez  J. Ortiz Responded to Rudy Rodriguez magic, two G1's + $851k since claimed for $35k, spots top last-start Beyer = 103 6-1  6-1
 Unbridled Forever  D. Stewart  J. Velazquez Began sophomore season much promise, speed figures stalled, filly reportedly has done well since IND prep 30-1  20-1
 Stanwyck  J. Shirreffs  C. Nakatani G1-placed stretch-runner needs speed to stop; hails from Team Zenyatta connections, will be closing late 20-1  20-1
 Don't Tell Sophia  P. Sims  J. Rocco Consistent mare has won 8 of 13 over past two years, Spinster upset puts in picture, first SA starter for Sims 6-1  5-1
 Valiant Emilia  G. Mandella  R. Bejarano Upset BC Challenge race Peru, training well North American debut, been working in company with Setsuko 30-1  20-1
 Ria Antonia  T. Amoss  P. Lopez Upset winner via dq 2013 BC Juvenile Fillies at SA returned to form, improved in blinkers, knockout potential 12-1  15-1
 Untapable  S. Asmussen  R. Napravnik Kentucky Oaks winner trained super past month SA, set for smashing finale to big season, runs from behind 2-1  5-2
 Close Hatches  W. Mott  J. Rosario Uncharacteristically misfired KEE, previously won four straight stakes, front-running style suits track profile 5-2  3-1

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