The Breeders’ Cup Distaff, a Great ‘Ladies Race’
The Breeders Cup Distaff race brings together the best female horses for a championship race over the distance of 1 1/8 miles. This is a weight for age Thoroughbred horse race for fillies and mares. The horses are to be over three years old, and the prize, like all the Breeders Cup races, a huge two million dollars. The Breeders’ Cup Distaff is also known as the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic. It is held annually at a different race track in the United States or Canada, and it forms part of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. T
he Distaff is the final race on the first day, known as Ladies’ Day, of the two day event. The 2015 race was run with a full field of fourteen horses, and was run at Keeneland racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky in early October. This racecourse was host to the eminent Breeders’ Cup World Championships for the first time in the 31 year old history of the event. This brought the holding of the Championships to the heart of American horse country. Many of the competing horses were born and bred at the neighbourhood farms.
Attendance at the racecourse for the Friday Cup racing was an all time record since the competition became a two-day event in 2007.
The Breeders’ Cup Championships Illustrious Event
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships is one of the foremost horse racing events in North America. It is one of the Grand Slams events, together with the great Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, the Belmont Stakes and the Kentucky Oaks. It is held over two days, and comprises a set of races for Grade 1 Thoroughbred horses, operated by the Breeders Cup Limited.
Each Breeder’s Cup race awards the winner a garland of flowers, which is draped over the neck of the winning horse, and four Breeders Cup trophies are presented to the connections of the winners.
In the 2015 listing of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, three Breeders’ Cup races are ranked among the top Grade 1 races in the world. The Breeders’ Cup Distaff is one of them, ranked second among the top Grade 1 races for fillies and mares
Online Betting on the Races
Betting on these horse races involves a bit of research first, and some reading of the newsletters and form charts of horse racing at all the major tracks. Some betting sites publish a great deal of information and statistics that punters will find very enlightening. It is wise to check the latest form of the horses, by checking on the dates of the horse’s most recent races. A horse that runs at regular and consistent intervals is probably fit.
Be a little careful of horses that have been away for a while, they may have been sick or unsound, and may need a few races to get back into top shape. Past performances will also give an idea of the accomplishments of the horse in question. Some horses prefer a certain type of track or a certain distance.
Some horse races are among the world’s most watched sports events, and certainly attracts the most betting activity. Millions is spent each year on wagering on the outcome of horse races, and much of that is spent on betting online. Due to the advance of modern technology, online betting is becoming ever more popular and safe.