FROM BREEDERS’ CUP PRESS RELEASE
The Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, for fillies and mares 3-years-old and older, will be returned to its original name, the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
The Breeders’ Cup Distaff, the race’s name from 1984 through 2007, will continue to be run as the final race of the five Breeders’ Cup races scheduled on November 1 at Santa Anita. Saturday’s program will consist of nine Breeders’ Cup races, culminating with the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will be shown live and in primetime on NBC. The $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff will be run at 1 1/8 miles.
“We restored the Ladies’ Classic to its original name due to feedback from our loyal fans who have a strong affinity for the Distaff,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “In recognition of our 30th year, the Distaff has provided us with some of racing’s most remarkable moments, personified by such outstanding Thoroughbreds as Lady’s Secret, Personal Ensign, Azeri, Zenyatta, and our two-time defending champion, Royal Delta. It is a fitting tribute to bring back the name Distaff to honor the rich history of the Championships.”