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Breeders’ Cup Distaff: 2020 Brisnet Speed Rating Report

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TwinSpires Staff

November 1st, 2020

Eleven fillies and mares have been pre-entered for the $2 million Distaff (G1), which will be carded as the 10TH race on the Breeders’ Cup Saturday program.

The cast includes a trio of 3-year-old fillies – Harvest Moon, Harvey’s Lil Goil, and Swiss Skydiver – and sophomores have held their own against elders in the 1 1/8-mile race, winning four of the last nine editions. However, Harvey’s Lil Goil does have first preference in the Filly & Mare Turf (G1).

Post positions will be drawn Monday. Let’s take a look at the last three Brisnet Speed ratings earned by Distaff pre-entries:

Ce Ce95 98100
Dunbar Road
95
 95
92
Harvest Moon
98
 96
92
Harvey’s Lil Goil
95
 95
104
Horologist
101
 94
106
Lady Kate
93
 97
103
Monomoy Girl
100
 111
92
Ollie’s Candy
102
 104
103
Point of Honor
97
 96
103
Swiss Skydiver
109
 104
109
Valiance
103
 105
92

Ollie’s Candy and Swiss Skydiver are the only females to earn triple-digit Speed ratings in the last three prep races. Horologist, Monomoy Girl, and Valiance have reached the triple-digit threshold twice.

Dunbar Road and Harvest Moon are the only runners that failed to receive at least a 100 Speed rating.

Possible favorite Monomoy Girl owns the best number, generating a 111 figure two starts back. Her top rival, Swiss Skydiver, is close with a pair of 109 ratings.

Distaff winners

Here are the previous three Speed ratings for the last 10 Distaff winners:

Blue Prize102 10499
Monomoy Girl
105
 96
100
Forever Unbridled
100
 94
105
Beholder
106
 107
106
Stopchargingmaria
94
 100
97
Untapable
96
 96
101
Beholder
103
 91
103
Royal Delta
105
 106
106
Royal Delta
95
 104
93
Unrivaled Belle
104
 105
101

Every Distaff winner in the last decade owned at least one triple-digit Speed rating. Stopchargingmaria (100) and Untapable (101) barely reached the threshold.

Royal Delta entered the 2002 Distaff with an imposing set of Speed ratings (105-106-106), but Monomoy Girl and Swiss Skydiver have run faster than previous Distaff winners in prep races, with Beholder (107) producing the best number in 2016.

Compared to winners from the last decade, it’s a fast group for the 2020 Distaff.

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