Breeders' Cup Distaff

Breeders' Cup Distaff: 1984 - 2012.

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Princess Rooney ended a brilliant career with a dominating seven length win in the inaugural Distaff.

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Life's Magic pulled away in the stretch to win by a wide margin.

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Lady's Secret won the Distaff on the way to being named 1986 Horse of the Year.

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Sacahuista gave trainer D. Wayne Lukas his third consecutive Distaff win.

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The incomparable Personal Ensign won the '88 Distaff in dramatic fashion over Winning Colors and Goodbye Halo.

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Bayakoa's first of two consecutive Distaff wins was no surprise to her backers who sent her off at 3-5.

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Bayakoa's 1990 win was a hollow one for her connections after the tragic breakdown of Go For Wand in the stretch.

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Dance Smartly was clearly the best under a confident ride by Pat Day.

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Paseana gave trainer Ron McAnally his third Distaff victory.

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Hollywood Wildcat outdueled Paseana for a nose victory.

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One Dreamer goes wire to wire at Churchill Downs, paying a whopping $96.20 to win.

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Inside Information's 13 1/2 length victory stands as the largest margin in Breeders' Cup history.

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Jewel Princess beat a small but ultra-talented field that included Serena's Song, My Flag and Different.

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Ajina upset Shart Cat on way to earning championship 3-year-old filly honors.

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Escena nosed out Banshee Breeze, giving owner Allen Paulson and trainer Bill Mott two Distaff wins in a row.

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Beautiful Pleasure won the ''99 Distaff against one of the most competitive fields assembled for the race.

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Spain's 55-1 shocker is the largest payoff in Distaff history.

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Unbridled Elaine came from far back to nip 2000 winner Spain at the wire.

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Azeri dominated her division in 2002, earning her first of four Eclipse Awards.

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Adoration got a great ride from Pat Valenzuela, wiring the field at 40-1.

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Ashado gave trainer Todd Pletcher his first Breeders' Cup victory.

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On her home track at Belmont Park, Pleasant Home upset the Distaff field with a huge stretch run.

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Round Pond was trainer Michael Matz's first BC winner.

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Ginger Punch dueled with Hystericalady for a thrilling win at Monmouth Park.

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Zenyatta's victory in the 2008 Ladies Classic capped off a perfect year, and overall was her 9th straight win without a defeat. She was named 2008 Champion Older Mare.

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Victory was sweet for Life Is Sweet and Garrett Gomez in the 2009 Ladies Classic.

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Unrivaled Belle ran away with the 2010 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic under Kent Desormeaux.

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Royal Delta rolled home to win the 2011 Distaff by 2 1/2 lengths over It's Tricky.

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Royal Delta made it two in a row with a dominating repeat performance under Mike Smith.

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