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Aug 16, 2013

Breeders' Cup Distaff back as name


Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - In observance of Breeders' Cup World Championships' 30th running, the organization announced a return to the use of Breeders' Cup Distaff on Thursday to designate the 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares.

The Breeders' Cup Distaff, with a purse of $2 million, had been renamed to Ladies' Classic beginning with the 2008 World Championships at Santa Anita Park. This year's Breeders' Cup will also be conducted at the Los Angeles area track.

"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."

The Distaff will close the first day of the 30th World Championships on Friday, Nov. 1. Five races will be held the first day and nine Breeders' Cup races, including the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, are to be run on Saturday, Nov. 2.

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