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

Comments and odds by Brad Free

Best Bets

October 31, 2014
Race #7
GOLDENCENTS looks like a slam dunk in the Dirt Mile. He is the speed of the field, in peak form and racing over surface that rewards his style. He won this race a year ago, stretches out from a sharp runner-up in a G1 sprint, and looked super in his final workout. With a clean break from the rail, he should be long gone at a short price. He would be the first winning favorite in the Dirt Mile, and the first favorite to hit the board since the first running of the race in u2007. FED BIZ gave Shared Belief a fight last out, runner-up in a G1.