SATURDAY AT CHURCHILL DOWNS IN LOUISVILLE, KY.
TV: CHANNEL 4, COVERAGE FROM 10 A.M. TO 2:30 P.M. PST
1 1/8 MILES (DIRT)
PP Horse Jockey Odds 1. Heritage Of Gold Shane Sellers 10-1 2. Crimplene Frankie Dettori 20-1 3. Lu Ravi Jerry Bailey 10-1 4. Spain Victor Espinoza 30-1 5. Jostle Mike Smith 15-1 6. Surfside Day 10-1 7. Speaking Of Time Gary Stevens 20-1 8. Riboletta Chris McCarron 4-5 9. Beautiful Pleasure Jorge Chavez 5-2
* WEIGHTS: Crimplene, Jostle, Spain, Surfside carry 120 pounds; Others 123 pounds.
* PURSE: $2,360,000.
* BILL CHRISTINE SAYS: Frequently the most intriguing race on a Breeders' Cup card, the Distaff has only nine entrants this time, easily the smallest field of the day. But it's well-stocked. Last year's winner, Beautiful Pleasure, is the 5-2 second choice because Riboletta has won seven in a row , including an easier-than-it-looked two-length win over Beautiful Pleasure in the Beldame at Belmont Park three weeks ago. Trainer Eduardo Inda's Brazilian-bred Riboletta is 4-5 on the morning line. "When I had her last year, she was on the thin side. I looked at her the other day, and it's amazing how she's filled out," said Bob Baffert, her former trainer. "She's really something now. It usually takes Southern American horses a year to get acclimated." Two of Beautiful Pleasure's three losses since last year's Breeders' Cup win were in races won by Heritage Of Gold, who won her first five this year before running third at Saratoga and fourth, beaten by 10 1/2 lengths in the Spinster at Keeneland on Oct. 14. The Spinster was so bad that Tom Amoss, Heritage Of Gold's trainer, had his mare checked out from head to hoof afterward. "What we're thinking is that a lot of tough training--running fast, in company with another horse--caught up with her," Amoss said. For this race, he has been working Heritage Of Gold on grass, a kinder surface that's produced five of her 15 wins. Also in the field is Surfside, a Kentucky Derby candidate before she ran fifth and was injured in the Santa Anita Derby in April. In her comeback race, Surfside ran second at Keeneland. "She's peaking at the right team," typically confident trainer Wayne Lukas said. "She's got upset written all over her."