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Breeders' Cup Distaff Story: Call Collect

The rigors of being a Thoroughbred trainer means spending nearly as much time on the phone as training horses. In the past four months, Dallas Stewart has made and taken thousands of calls, but two have proven to be life altering. The first, a body blow, came in early June, when owner Roger Devenport phoned to say he was taking his horses and transferring them to trainer David Vance's barn. The second came just eight days before the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I). That second call was Devenport asking Stewart to take the horses back.

Breeders' Cup Distaff Report--10/22/2001

The Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) has the reputation of being the most formful race on racing's most important day. However, it is actually the Juvenile that has the lowest average winning payoff of $10.84 of the seven traditional races on the card. The Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) has only had two runnings, and should not be judged historically. The Distaff comes in second with an average winning payoff of $17.09; no doubt last year's $113.80 upset victory by Spain has done much to lift that average.

Distaff Pedigree Profile: Pompeii

Pompeii, winner of the Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga on Aug. 24 at 1 1/4 miles, has just the stout-distance lineage it takes to stand up to the rigors of the nine-furlong Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).

Breeders' Cup Distaff Preview, Sept. 25

The major players for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) remained on the sidelines over the past weekend, waiting for the Overbrook Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland and the Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park the first weekend of October. However, a couple of horses looking to have an impact at the World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 27 were in action at Belmont and at Turfway Park.

One for the Ages

The Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) has brought us some memorable showdowns between sophomore fillies and their more battle-tested elders, and this year's renewal figures to be no different.

Beautiful Pleasure Will Race in 2001

After lengthy discussions between trainers John and Donna Ward and owner John Oxley, it has been decided Beautiful Pleasure will race another year. Oxley said the year's goal is the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Belmont Park. She has not started since the 2000 edition of the race where she finished sixth.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas Takes the Distaff With a 50-1 overlay

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas added a 16th victory to what already was a record total when Spain sprinted between rivals on Churchill Downs' final turn, then slipped through on the rail to steal the $2,161,760 Distaff (gr. I) at odds of nearly 56-1. Finishing 1 1/2 lengths behind was her stablemate, the 10-1 Surfside, who held on stubbornly after setting the early pace.

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