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Eight Set For Competitive Distaff

By Margaret Ransom

Stellar Wind

Stellar Wind and jockey Victor Espinoza pose in the winner’s circle after their victory in the Grade I, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, Saturday at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar CA.
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Friday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI) drew an all-star field of eight representing the best of the older fillies and mares division. Seven of the eight set to go postward in the nine-furlong main track test are Grade 1 winners, including two champions.

Last year’s Eclipse Award-winning juvenile filly Champagne Room will lead the field to post and will be joined by fellow champion Stellar Wind and Kentucky Oaks (GI) heroine Abel Tasman. With the fairly recent retirement of division leader Songbird and last year’s winner Beholder safely in foal to Uncle Mo in Kentucky, the Distaff may be one of the most wide-open races where literally any runner can win.

One of only two to have ever defeated the great, aforementioned Songbird is… (m0re)

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