09/26/2012 3:03PM

Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic: Showdown looms between unbeatens My Miss Aurelia, Awesome Feather

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Barbara D. Livingston
My Miss Aurelia (left) will put her perfect record on the line against Awesome Feather in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Unbeaten 2-year-old filly champions eventually lose or retire. For most flashy juvenile phenoms, the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic for older fillies and mares is a long way off.

Not this year.

For the first time in Breeders’ Cup history, the Ladies’ Classic field will include an undefeated starter fast enough to win the BC Juvenile Fillies early in her career and durable enough to be running late in her career.

Not just one filly, but two.

Awesome Feather and My Miss Aurelia, champion fillies of 2010 and 2011, respectively, are headed for a showdown in the 2012 Ladies’ Classic.

Barring a dead heat, one of them will lose for the first time.

Awesome Feather is 10 for 10; My Miss Aurelia 6 for 6. Both enter fall in peak form and both are fresh, each having started this year only twice.

Trainer Chad Brown was not surprised to learn 4-year-old Awesome Feather is an early Ladies’ Classic favorite.

“No, it doesn’t surprise me considering she is 10 for 10, a champion, and just ran the best number of her career,” Brown said this week from New York.

Awesome Feather earned a 108 Beyer dominating the $83,000 Nasty Storm Stakes by more than 11 lengths on Sept. 20 at Belmont Park.

Fortunately, Awesome Feather will have six weeks between starts.

“I’m concerned a little bit with that strong of a number,” Brown said. “If it were four weeks, I’d be a little more nervous.”

Brown said Awesome Feather “seems to have come out of her race well,” and would train at Belmont before shipping to Santa Anita the week of the Ladies’ Classic.

My Miss Aurelia is a step ahead, having already arrived at Santa Anita following a Sept. 22 victory in the Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx. She defeated Questing by a head, and earned a 96 Beyer. Steve Asmussen trains My Miss Aurelia.

The Cotillion also was the final prep for 3-year-old filly Questing.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said she would train at Greentree Training Center in New York, and ship to California on Oct. 28. After winning back-to-back Grade 1’s this summer at Saratoga, Questing suffered her first dirt-surface loss when second to My Miss Aurelia.

◗ The complexion of the Ladies’ Classic will solidify Saturday following two key preps at Santa Anita and Belmont. Include Me Out meets Amani and shippers Love and Pride and Joyful Victory in the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita. Royal Delta will seek a return to winning form when she meets It’s Tricky in the Grade 1 Beldame.

Ellafitz, who was expected to set the pace in the Zenyatta, has been redirected to Hoosier Park for the $100,000 Mari Hulman George Stakes on Oct. 6.