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By Peter Fornatale
The tenth race of Breeders' Cup Saturday is the Distaff and this year's renewal doesn't look that strong with only three of the field managing a 100 Beyer or better.
Midnight Bisou should be hard to beat. She has the best numbers and has landed the Beldame, Ogden Phipps and Personal Ensign this year, races won by Distaff winners Ginger Punch, Unrivaled Belle and Stopchargingmaria in the past. Her attitude is flawless and she should take her 2019 record to eight wins from as many starts.
Her last defeat came in the 2018 Distaff when she was behind Chad Brown's Wow Cat. Brown's filly does not appear to have held her form as well as Midnight Bisou, however, and has finished behind her on her last two starts, so looks up against it here.
Another who looks set to struggle is Mo See Cal, little more than a solid Allowance performer who has the worst of the draw. La Force, similarly, is a bit wider than ideal and was behind several of he Distaff rivals in the Zenyatta Stakes last time out.
Paradise Woods beat Secret Spice and Ollies Candy in that contest but had finished behind the pair in the Clement Hirsch at Del Mar earlier in the year. Ollies Candy looks to have the most to find of this trio but there doesn't appear to be much between Paradise Woods and Secret Spice. They are both talented and have both run their best Beyers - figures good enough to go very close here - at Santa Anita, so must be respected.
Blue Prize was behind Secret Spice on her seasonal debut but may have needed the run there and has since gone onto better things, finishing behind Classic hope Elate twice and gaining her revenge in the Spinster at Keeneland last time out. She has landed the outside stall here and that might be too much of a burden for one who needs a career best.
Dunbar Road finished behind her that day but might have been on the slowest part of the track and she had previously looked rather good when winning the Alabama, as Royal Delta had before her Distaff score. She has only had six runs so might be capable of something better yet.
Her victory in the Alabama was franked when Street Band won the Cotillion on her following start, running a nice 99 Beyer in the process. She may not have enjoyed the sloppy track in the Alabama and looks to have a bit of improvement in her yet.
Street Band's two worst runs this season have come behind Serengeti Empress,a bold front-runner who executed those tactics to perfection in the Kentucky Oaks. She has a load of speed and had the option of the F&M Sprint, such is her early pace. It'll be some effort if she can sustain her run over this distance, as she did in the Oaks, and has not been able to do so on her last two starts, including last time when well held in the Cotillion.
Verdict: In the end I think MIDNIGHT BISOU is going to price too much against this group and she’s worth a play at anything over even money.