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2013 Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Breeders’ Cup Distaff- Race 10

Royal DeltaThe 2013 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff will be Race 10 on the card at Santa Anita on Friday and is for fillies and mares 3 years old and up looking to travel 1 1/8 mile. This is the big race of the day and has seen its fair share of champion ladies in the past such as Personal Ensign, Azeri and Zenyatta to name a few. Another champion from past editions of this race is Royal delta who has won this event twice in the past two years. She’ll be back at it again this year, but is coming out of a loss against Princess of Sylmar in the Beldame Invitational at Belmont where she lost by 2 lengths. Originally, Princess of Sylmar was not going to run in this event at all, but after her victory in the Beldame her connections have opted to race her here. Many are dubbing this the rematch race between the “Queen and the Princess”, while others are rooting on Beholder, last year’s 2 year old filly champion. The last 2 times that the Distaff has been run at Santa Anita the winner has won it running wire-to-wire with Adoration in 2003 and Royal Delta last year which may lend some credence to how this year’s event will be run. Another thing to note is that Princess of Sylmar has a shot at capturing the 3 year old of the year award with a win here, provided other contenders (Palace Malice and Will Take Charge) don’t do as well. All of this is going to make for one very exciting Distaff! The average winning pay-out in the history of this event is $17.77 for the win based on a $2 wager. Listed below are our picks (listed in predicted order of finish) for the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Good luck!

 

 

2013 Breeders' Cup Distaff Picks

 

 

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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