November 4th, 2016 − 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

Breeders' Cup Distaff, $2 million, 1 1/8 miles, fillies and mares 3-years-old and up

1 Songbird Jerry Hollendorfer Undefeated champion, 2015 BC Juvenile Fillies winner 2015; likely to set pace in first start vs. older; 3-year-olds have won 10 BC Distaffs 8-5
8 Beholder Richard Mandella Career swan song for three-time champ; two-time BC winner; prefers to stalk; lost three in row but still runs fast 5-2
5 Stellar Wind John Sadler Champion 3-year-old filly in 2015; light 2016 campaign + aggressive strategy produced successive Grade 1 upsets vs. Beholder 3-1
3 Curalina Todd Pletcher Runs best fresh, two romps this year followed layoffs; big works last two months; East-to-West ship is challenge 8-1
7 I'm a Chatterbox Larry Jones Crossed wire first four Grade 1's; compromised by tactics in Grade 1 at Saratoga two back; confidence-building romp vs. easier last out 10-1
6 Forever Unbridled Dallas Stewart Two-time Grade 1 winner this year relegated to longshot status in tough race; Midwest-based battler always shows up 12-1
2 Land Over Sea Doug O'Neill Runner-up in Kentucky Oaks, off board three starts since; affinity for Santa Anita; connections never shy to roll dice 30-1
4 Corona Del Inca Guillermo Frenkel Argentina WAYI upset in May was validated when runner-up returned to romp in Group 1; connections won 2012 BC Marathon 30-1

- Comments and odds by Brad Free