July 25, 2024

Distaff

Last updated: 9/29/04 8:19 PM


Race No. 5 — The Century Dream Distaff
(1 1/8M)


By Paul Buckley


Fourteen of the grandest fillies and mares to have graced the
Sport Of Kings in the 20th century parade onto the Churchill
Downs oval, and the overflow crowd grows eerily quiet as track
announcer Mike Battaglia delivers roll call. Here’s the royal
field in post position order:


















PP   HORSE
  YEAR
  AGE   WT   JOCKEY
  TRAINER
                         
1   DESERT VIXEN   1973   3   120   J. VELASQUEZ
  T. ROOT
2   INSIDE
INFORMATION
  1995   4   123   M. SMITH   C. McGAUGHEY
3   PERSONAL
ENSIGN
  1988   4   123   R. ROMERO   C. McGAUGHEY
4   GO FOR WAND   1990   3   120   G. STEVENS   W. BADGET
JR.
5   LADY’S
SECRET
  1986   4   123   P. DAY   D. W. LUKAS
6   BAYAKOA   1989   5   123   L. PINCAY   R. McANALLY
7   RUFFIAN   1975   3   120   J. VASQUEZ   F. WHITELEY
JR.
8   GALLORETTE   1946   4   123   J. JESSOP   E. CHRISTMAS
9   REGRET   1915   3   120   J. NOTTER   J. ROWE SR.
10   TWILIGHT
TEAR
  1944   3   120   C. McCREARY   B. JONES
11   PRINCESS
ROONEY
  1984   4   123   E.
DELAHOUSSAYE
  N. DRYSDALE
12   BUSHER   1945   3   120   J. LONGDEN   G. ODOM
13   SUSAN’S GIRL
  1972   3   120   V. TEJADA   J. RUSSELL
14   GENUINE RISK
  1980   3   120   C. McCARRON   L. JOLLEY


Following are race records (year chosen and lifetime) for each
horse, as well as notable accomplishments and other tidbits:



1 DESERT
VIXEN





Champion
Three-Year-Old Filly in 1973
Champion
Handicap Female in 1974
Won 1973
Beldame S. (G1), defeating that year’s Champion Handicap
Mare Susan’s Girl and equalling Belmont Park’s track
record of 1:46 1/5 for 1 1/8 miles
Won 1973
Post-Deb S. (G3), equalling Monmouth Park’s track record
of 1:40 1/5 for 1 mile and 70 yards




1973
Race Record:
  11-9-2-0,
$256,147
Lifetime
Record:
  28-13-6-3,
$421,538
     


2 INSIDE
INFORMATION



Champion
Older Mare in 1995
Won 1995
Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Belmont Park by 13 1/2
lengths in a time of 1:46




1995
Race Record:
  8-7-1-0,
$1,160,408
Lifetime
Record:
  17-14-1-2,
$1,641,805
     


3 PERSONAL
ENSIGN





Champion
Older Mare in 1988
Won 1988
Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Churchill Downs, defeating
Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors by a nose
Retired
undefeated and sound
Romero
chooses Personal Ensign over Go For Wand




1988
Race Record:
  7-7-0-0,
$1,202,640
Lifetime
Record:
  13-13-0-0,
$1,679,880
     


4 GO
FOR WAND







Champion
Two-Year-Old Filly in 1989
Champion
Three-Year-Old Filly in 1990
Won 1989
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Gulfstream Park
Won six
Grade 1 races in 1990
Finished
second in the 1990 Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs
Stevens subs
for Romero (who opts for Personal Ensign)




1990
Race Record:
  9-7-1-0,
$824,948
Lifetime
Record:
  13-10-2-0,
$1,373,338
     


5 LADY’S
SECRET









Champion
Older Mare and Horse Of The Year in 1986
Won 1986
Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Santa Anita
Won 1986
Whitney H. (G1) at Saratoga, defeating Ends Well, Skip
Trial, King’s Swan and Cutlass Reality
Won eight
Grade 1 races in 1986
Won 1985
Maskette S. (G1) in 1:33 2/5, a record for the mile at
Belmont Park by a filly or mare
Finished
second to Precisionist in the 1986 Woodward S. (G1) at
Belmont
Finished
second to stablemate Life’s Magic in the 1985 Breeders’
Cup Distaff (G1) at Aqueduct
Weighed only
900 pounds while racing




1986
Race Record:
  15-10-3-2,
$1,871,053
Lifetime
Record:
  45-25-9-3,
$3,021,425
     


6 BAYAKOA





Champion
Older Mare in 1989 and 1990
Won 1989
Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Gulfstream Park
Won seven
Grade 1 races in 1989
Won 1990
Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Belmont Park




1989
Race Record:
  11-9-1-0,
$1,406,403
Lifetime
Record:
  31-18-6-0,
$2,785,259
     


7 RUFFIAN








Champion
Two-Year-Old Filly
Champion
Two-Year-Old Filly
Won career
debut by 15 lengths, equalling Belmont Park’s 5
1/2-furlong record of 1:03
Won other
four starts as a two-year-old by a combined 30 lengths
Won Filly
Triple Crown as a three-year-old
Only career
defeat came in match race vs. Foolish Pleasure
Vasquez
chooses Ruffian over Genuine Risk




1975
Race Record:
  6-5-0-0,
$179,356
Lifetime
Record:
  11-10-0-0,
$313,429
     


8 GALLORETTE









Champion
Handicap Mare in 1946
Won 1946
Brooklyn H. at Aqueduct, defeating Stymie (Champion
Handicap Horse in 1945)
Won 1946
Metropolitan H. at Belmont Park
Won 1946 Bay
Shore H. at Aqueduct
Finished
second to Stymie in the 1946 Edgemere H. at Aqueduct
Won 1947
Queens County H. at Aqueduct, defeating Stymie
Won Whitney
S. at Saratoga in 1948
Won Carter
H. at Aqueduct in 1948




1946
Race Record:
  18-6-5-2,
$159,160
Lifetime
Record:
  72-21-20-13,
$445,535
     


9 REGRET




Won 1915
Kentucky Derby in gate-to-wire fashion, in her 1st start
as a three-year-old
Finished
second by a nose to entrymate Borrow in the 1917 Brooklyn
H. at Belmont Park, defeating Old Rosebud, Roamer, Omar
Khayyam, Ormesdale and Chiclet
Set a new
track record of 1:24 1/5 for 7 furlongs at Aqueduct in
her final career start




1915
Race Record:
  2-2-0-0,
$12,500
Lifetime
Record:
  11-9-1-0,
$34,093
     


10 TWILIGHT
TEAR







Champion
Two-Year-Old Filly in 1943
Champion
Three-Year-Old Filly, Handicap Mare and Horse Of The Year
in 1944 (first filly to be named Horse Of The Year)
Won 1944
Classic S. at Washington Park, defeating Pensive (winner
of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness S. in 1944)
Won 1944
Pimlico Special by 6 lengths, defeating Devil Diver
(Champion Handicap Horse in 1943 and 1944)
Won 1944
Rennert H. at Pimlico, defeating Armed (Champion Handicap
Horse in 1946 and 1947, and Horse Of The Year in 1947)
Set a new
track record of 1:22 3/5 for seven furlongs in the 1944
Skokie H. at Washington Park




1944
Race Record:
  17-14-1-1,
$167,555
Lifetime
Record:
  24-18-2-2,
$202,165
     


11 PRINCESS
ROONEY




Champion
Older Mare in 1984
Won 1984
Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Hollywood Park in 2:02 2/5,
a full second faster than the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1),
won by Wild Again. The Classic field also included Gate
Dancer, Slew O’ Gold, Track Barron, Desert Wine and
Precisionist
Won 1983
Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs




1984
Race Record:
  9-6-1-1,
$854,791
Lifetime
Record:
  21-17-2-1,
$1,343,339
     


12 BUSHER








Champion
Two-Year-Old Filly in 1944
Champion
Three-Year-Old Filly, Handicap Mare and Horse Of The Year
in 1945
Won 1945
Arlington H. at Washington Park by nearly 5 lengths,
defeating older horses
Won 1945
Washington Park H. in track record time of 2:01 4/5,
defeating Armed (Champion Handicap Horse in 1946 and
1947, and Horse Of The Year in 1947)
Won 1944
Selima S. at Laurel Park, defeating Gallorette
Won 1945
Hollywood Derby, defeating colts
Finished
second by a half-length in the 1945 Santa Anita Derby




1945
Race Record:
  13-10-2-1,
$273,735
Lifetime
Record:
  21-15-3-1,
$334,035
     


13 SUSAN’S
GIRL








Champion
Three-Year-Old Filly in 1972
Champion
Handicap Mare in 1973 and 1975
Won 1972
Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs
Won 1975
Matchmaker S. (G1) at Atlantic City, setting a new track
record of 1:54 1/5 for 1 3/16 miles
Won 1972 and
1975 Beldame S. (G1) at Belmont Park
Won 1973 and
1975 Delaware H. (G1) at Delaware Park
Won 1973 and
1975 Spinster S. (G1) at Keeneland




1972
Race Record:
  13-9-2-2,
$352,678
Lifetime
Record:
  63-29-14-11,
$1,251,668
     


14 GENUINE
RISK






Champion
Three-Year-Old Filly in 1980
Won 1980
Kentucky Derby (G1)
Finished
second in 1980 Preakness S. (G1) and Belmont S. (G1)
Won 1980
Ruffian H. (G1) at Belmont Park by a nose over Misty
Gallore, with It’s In The Air (Champion Two-Year-Old
Filly in 1978) finishing third
McCarron
subs for Vasquez (who opts for Ruffian)




1980
Race Record:
  8-4-3-1,
$503,742
Lifetime
Record:
  15-10-3-2,
$646,587
     


Now, for the race:


RUFFIAN breaks alertly, and assumes command from the outset,
followed in earnest by LADY’S SECRET, REGRET and TWILIGHT TEAR.
BAYAKOA settles into fifth position, while DESERT VIXEN, INSIDE
INFORMATION, GO FOR WAND, GALLORETTE and PRINCESS ROONEY race
heads apart from the rail out. That group is tracked closely by
PERSONAL ENSIGN, BUSHER and SUSAN’S GIRL, with GENUINE RISK
bringing up the rear. Into the clubhouse turn, RUFFIAN leads by a
length over LADY’S SECRET, while BAYAKOA edges past REGRET into
third. DESERT VIXEN hugs the rail in fifth, with GO FOR WAND to
her outside, and TWILIGHT TEAR three wide. The rest of the field
remains tightly bunched, and they race around the turn without
incident.


After a quarter in :22 3/5 and a half in :45 3/5, RUFFIAN
extends her lead over LADY’S SECRET to a length-and-a-half, and
BAYAKOA maintains her position a neck back in third. During the
run down the backstretch, REGRET, without urging from Notter,
ranges up outside of LADY’S SECRET and BAYAKOA into second.
Meanwhile, TWILIGHT TEAR takes over fifth position, a half-length
ahead of GO FOR WAND to her inside, with DESERT VIXEN a neck
farther back down along the fence. INSIDE INFORMATION and
PERSONAL ENSIGN remain bottled up on the inside, while GALLORETTE
tracks TWILIGHT TEAR in the three-path.


RUFFIAN accomplishes six furlongs in a taxing 1:09 2/5, and
moves around the far turn with her lead over REGRET shrinking to
three-quarters of a length. There are few position changes, as
LADY’S SECRET and PERSONAL ENSIGN skim the rail, while TWILIGHT
TEAR, PRINCESS ROONEY and SUSAN’S GIRL race wide. Heading into
the stretch, the leader and trailer are separated by less than
seven lengths, and it’s still anyone’s race.


Vasquez has not yet asked the great RUFFIAN for her best, as
she clings to a half-length lead over Kentucky Derby heroine
REGRET after a mile in 1:34 3/5. LADY’S SECRET and BAYAKOA are
unable to make up any ground on the leaders, and TWILIGHT TEAR
edges past them into third with less than a furlong remaining.
Meanwhile, a determined GALLORETTE is making headway in the
middle of the track, passing DESERT VIXEN and moving to within
two lengths of the lead with a sixteenth of a mile to go. The
undefeated PERSONAL ENSIGN explodes through an opening on the
rail as a tiring LADY’S SECRET drifts out slightly, but the wire
is rapidly approaching. RUFFIAN turns back the challenge of
REGRET, but GALLORETTE is cutting into her lead with every
stride. As they hit the finish line, it’s … RUFFIAN by a
diminishing half-length over GALLORETTE, with REGRET
three-quarters of a length farther back in third. Time for the
race is a swift 1:47 4/5.


Following is the complete order of finish:

















FINISH
  HORSE
  MARGINS
  COMMENT
1   RUFFIAN   1/2   Hung on
gamely under pressure
2   GALLORETTE   3/4   Determined
stretch run
3   REGRET   1/2   Couldn’t
stay with winner
4   TWILIGHT
TEAR
  no   Wide bid,
evenly
5   PERSONAL
ENSIGN
  1   Steadied
stretch, finished fast
6   DESERT VIXEN   hd   Saved
ground, hung
7   SUSAN’S GIRL   3/4   Wide turns,
closed late
8   BUSHER   3/4   Passed tired
horses
9   BAYAKOA   1/2   Stalked,
weakened
10   LADY’S
SECRET
  1   Pressed
leader, weakened
11   GENUINE RISK   nk   Failed to
threaten
12   PRINCESS
ROONEY
  nk   Wide trip
13   GO FOR WAND   1   Lacked
running room, tired
14   INSIDE
INFORMATION
  —–   Faded inside