LADIES’ CLASSIC IS ONCE AGAIN THE BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF; NBC SPORTS TO AIR SPECIAL ON 30 TOP BREEDERS’ CUP MOMENTS
LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 8, 2013) –The Breeders’ Cup today announced that as a part of celebrations for this year’s 30th running of the World Championships, the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, for fillies and mares 3-years-old and older, will be returned to its original name, the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
The 30th Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international year-end event, consisting of 14 races and $27 million in purses and awards, will be held on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
The Breeders’ Cup Distaff, the race’s name from 1984 through 2007, will continue to be run as the final race of the five Breeders’ Cup races scheduled on November 1 at Santa Anita. Saturday’s program will consist of nine Breeders’ Cup races, culminating with the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will be shown live and in primetime on NBC. The $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff will be run at 1 1/8 miles.
“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.”
NBC Sports Group will honor the 30th running with a special program this fall featuring the 30 greatest moments in Breeders’ Cup history. This retrospective, which airs on the NBC Sports Network on October 19 (5:30-6:30 p.m. ET), captures the indelible accomplishments of the horses and individuals who graced the Breeders’ Cup with the greatest drama and excitement since the event’s inception in 1984. The program will also be available to the public on DVD for purchase at breederscup.com