Breeders' Stakes

The Breeders’ Stakes is a Grade 1 race for fillies and mares run at a distance of 1-1/2 miles on dirt. The race offers a purse of $600,000 and points towards the Eclipse Award. The race was first to run in 1875 as the “Breeders’ Cup.” The name was changed to the “Distaff” in 1959 and the “Breeders’ Stakes” in 1984. There have been many memorable moments in the history of the Breeders’ Stakes. In 1975, Ruffian won the race by a record 21 lengths. In 1978, a filly named Affirmed became only the second horse ever to win all three legs of the Filly Triple Crown. In 1984, Genuine Risk became the first filly to win the Breeders’ Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. This year, the Breeders’ Stakes is a wide-open race with several horses looking to become 3-time winners. Beholder is the defending champion and is coming off…

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