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

- Untapable, 3, f Steve Asmussen Kentucky Oaks winner settled well SA, brilliant work Oct. 19, set for smashing conclusion to stellar campaign 2-1
- Close Hatches, 4, f William Mott Spinster was expected formality, uncharacteristic misfire casts doubt on form, Mott won this race 5 times 5-2
- Don't Tell Sophia, 6, m Phil Sims Consistent mare has won 8 of 13 over past two years, Spinster upset puts in picture, first SA starter for Sims 6-1
- Belle Gallantey, 5, m Rudy Rodriguez Responded to Rudy Rodriguez magic, two G1's and $851k since claimed for $35k, sports top last-race Beyer 8-1
- Iotapa, 4, f John Sadler Front-runner missed break and lost chance in Zenyatta, also bled, may have peaked in spring-summer 10-1
- Tiz Midnight, 4, f Bob Baffert Improving filly benefitted from pace scenario in first graded stakes, getting good at right time of year 12-1
- Parranda, 5, m Jerry Hollendorfer Turf specialist reportedly training super SA dirt track, first preference F&M Turf, not impossible here 15-1
- Ria Antonia, 3, f Tom Amoss Upset winner via dq 2013 BC Juvenile Fillies at SA is back in form, improved with blinkers 15-1
- Stanwyck, 5, m John Shirreffs G1-placed stretch-runner needs the speed to stop; hails from Team Zenyatta connections 20-1
- Valiant Emilia, 5, m Gary Mandella Earned berth winning BC Challenge race in Peru, gearing up for North American debut 30-1
- Unbridled Forever Dallas Stewart Began sophomore season with much promise, development seems to have stalled 30-1
- L'Amour de Ma Vie, 5, m Pia Brandt European turf mare cross-entered in F&M Turf, turf imports have not fared well in Distaff 30-1

Comments and Odds by Brad Free