2021 Breeders’ Cup Distaff Contenders, Odds And Post Position: As Time Goes By

2021 Breeders’ Cup Distaff Contenders, Odds and Post Position

In the days leading up to the 38th Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar in California, usracing.com is publishing profiles on the horses in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (Saturday, Nov. 6). The profiles will be updated following the post-position draw on Monday, Nov. 1 (5:30 p.m. ET).

By Jenny Kellner

As Time Goes By – Photo Courtesy of Benoit Photo

A runner-up finish to Private Mission in the Zenyatta Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita on Oct. 3 was good enough for trainer Bob Baffert to enter As Time Goes By in the Distaff to take on the biggest challenge of all – finding a way to upset 4-5 favorite Letruska and a slew of other star fillies and mares.

With two longshot chances – As Time Goes By is 15-1, Private Mission is 8-1 – Baffert is looking for his first victory in the Distaff.

As Time Goes By, a daughter of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, could be a factor in this one – the 4-year-old filly has won at the Distaff distance of 1 1/8 miles (the Grade 2 Santa Margarita), and seems to run well on off just off the lead. But Letruska is expected to start fast, and the big question is whether any other horse can keep up.

Baffert has won 17 Breeders’ Cup races and is by far the leader in Breeders’ Cup earnings.

As Time Goes By has three victories in seven starts in 2021 and comes into the Distaff off a fourth in the Clement L. Hirsch (G1), a sixth in the Personal Ensign (G1), and a second in the Zenyatta. She certainly seems ready to go again after a 5-furlong workout in 1:00.40 on Oct. 24 at Santa Anita, the fourth fastest of 64 on the day.

2021 Breeders’ Cup Distaff Profile: As Time Goes By

Post position: 9

Odds: 15-1

Jockey: Luis Saez

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Owner: Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith

Career record: 10-4-3-1

Career earnings: $455,600

Top Equibase speed figure: 107

Pedigree: American Pharoah-Take Charge Lady, by Dehere

Color: Bay

Running style: Stalker/front-runner

Betting advice: Big question is whether this 4-year-old has enough speed to stick with the leaders, particularly Letruska. With such a deep, talented field, it seems unlikely Baffert’s runner-up to stablemate Private Mission can overcome this task, or even hit the board.

Notes: Baffert, of course, is under intense scrutiny for so many post-race positives, with the Derby issue still unresolved regarding Medina Spirit (he won, but failed a post-race medication test that awaits a final decision by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission … Dam is multiple graded stakes winner Take Charge Lady, who ran in three Breeders’ Cup races, finishing sixth in all three – the 2001 Juveniles Fillies and the 2002 and 2003 Distaff … And, of course, American Phaorah won the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic following his Triple Crown sweep.

2021 Breeders’ Cup Distaff Odds

PP Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Private Mission 8-1 Bob Baffert Flavien Prat
2 Royal Flag 8-1 Chad Brown Joel Rosario
3 Malathaat 4-1 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher
4 Blue Stripe (ARG) 30-1 Lafranco Dettori Marcelo Polanco
5 Clairiere 12-1 Ricardo Santa Ana,Jr Steven Asmussen
6 Letruska 8-5 Fausto Gutierrez Irad Ortiz, Jr.
7 Horologist 30-1 William Mott Junior Alvarado
8 Shedaresthedevil 4-1 Brad Cox Florent Geroux
9 As Time Goes By 15-1 Bob Baffert Luis Saez
10 Marche Lorraine (JPN) 30-1 Yoshito Yahagi Oisin Murphy
11 Dunbar Road 15-1 Chad Brown Jose L. Ortiz
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