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

Breeders Cup Distaff

- Close Hatches, 4, f William Mott Personal Ensign (G1), 1st (8/22) Perfect season up to now 4-for-4, Mott won Distaff 5 times, Spinster at KEE is final prep 5-2
- Beholder, 4, f Richard Mandella Zenyatta Stakes (G1), 1st (9/27) Tired noticably winning comeback prep, ideal tightener first in three half months, BC next 3-1
- Untapable, 3, f Steven Asmussen Cotillion (G1), 1st (9/20) Kentucky Oaks winner returned to form at PRX, shipped early to California, BC is next 3-1
- Don't Tell Sophia, 6, m Phil Sims Locust Grove ($100k), 1st (9/6) Consistent G2 caliber Midwest mare would be longshot late threat, likely prep is Spinster 8-1
- Iotapa, 4, f John Sadler Zenyatta Stakes (G1), 3rd (9/27) Front-runner missed break and lost chance in Zenyatta, trainer said BC remains the goal 12-1
- Sweet Reason, 3, f Leah Gyarmati Cotillion (G1), 2nd (9/20) Ran well two turns PRX, though seems most effective one turn, F&M Sprint an option 12-1
- Belle Gallantey, 5, m Rudy Rodriguez Beldame (G1), 1st, (9/27) Responded to Rudy Rodriguez magic, won pair G1's and $851k since claimed for $35,000 15-1
- Tiz Midnight, 4, f Bob Baffert Zenyatta Stakes (G1), 2nd (9/27) Improving filly benefitted from pace scenario in first graded stakes, will take shot in BC 20-1
- Stopchargingmaria, 3, f Todd Pletcher Beldame (G1), 2nd, (9/27) No match for runaway winner in Beldame, seems in tough vs. top older fillies & mares 20-1
- Valiant Emilia-PER, 5, m Gary Mandella Clasico Cesar DelRio (G3-PER), 1st( 6/22) Earned berth winning BC Challenge race in Peru, gearing up for North American debut 30-1

Comments and Odds by Brad Free