Updated on 09/15/2011 1:20PM

Unbridled Elaine wins marred Distaff


ELMONT, N.Y. - In a race marred by tragedy, Unbridled Elaine closed wide through the stretch and caught defending champion Spain at the wire to win the Breeders' Cup Distaff by a head.

The start of the Distaff was delayed about a half-hour after Exogenous, winner of the Gazelle and Beldame Handicaps, was involved in a freak accident while coming onto the track for the post parade. The 3-year-old filly by Unbridled trained by Scotty Schulhofer reared up and hit her head on a trackside railing and appeared to be in extreme distress with a spinal injury until veterinarians could sedate her. Exogenous' prognosis is unknown as of 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Once the gates opened, Tranquility Lake whet right to the lead and got as far off the rail as possible. Spain made her move wide on the turn and took the lead into the stretch after fractions of :23.62, :46.94, and 1:11.87. However, Unbridles Elaine continued to gather momentum from off the pace through the stretch and caught Spain by a head in a time of 1:49.21 for the 1 1/8 miles.

Ridden by Pat Day and trained by Dallas Stewart, Unbridled Elaine paid $26.60 to win. Spain was second, 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Two Item Limit , who was third by a nose over Atelier. Favored Flute began to tire coming into the stretch and settled for seventh.

The win was the 12th Breeders' Cup victory for Pat Day, and the first for Dallas Stewart.

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