2016 Longines Distaff


What was billed as a classic showdown turned out to be an epic battle of wills as the 6-year-old, 3-time champion mare Beholder outdueled the previously unbeaten 3-year-old superstar Songbird in a spellbinding stretch duel to capture the Longines Distaff by a slim nose.

Side-by-side from the top of the stretch until the wire, it was a final lunge by Beholder that handed Songbird her first defeat after 11 straight wins and turned Beholder into a 3-time Breeders’ Cup winner in the final start of a spectacular career in which she won 18 of 26 starts. The final time for the Distaff was 1:49.20.

“I’ve been in battles, but never one that lasted for the length of the stretch. It was a quarter of a mile street fight,” winning jockey Gary Stevens said. “This race was worth the price of admission. It was horse racing at its best.”

Spendthrift Farms’ Beholder went off as the 3-1 third choice in a field of eight and paid $8.60 to win.

Said trainer Richard Mandella: “I don’t know what I did to deserve her.”

Forever Unbridled was third, 1 ¼ lengths behind Fox Hill Farms’ Songbird, the 6-5 favorite, and Stellar Wind, the 5-2 second choice, was fourth.

Beholder was bred in Kentucky by Clarkland Farm.

November 4, 2016

Win Place Show
8 Beholder
1 Songbird
6 Forever Unbridled

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Final Order of Finish

3Forever Unbridled
4Stellar Wind
5I'm a Chatterbox
7Land Over Sea


Wager Type Winning Numbers Payoff
Exacta 8-1 $12.60
Trifecta 8-1-6 $40.40
Superfecta 8-1-6-5 $174.40
Daily Double 3-8 $65.60
Pick 3 8-3-8 $455.20
Pick 4 13-8-3-8 $2,308.35
Pick 6, 6 Correct 5-10-13-8-3-8 $3,264.00
Super High 5 8-1-6-5-7 503.70

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