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2021 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

The 2020 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf will be held at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on Saturday, November 6th.

Information and winners of the “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series races for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf:

1/9/21Cartier Paddock StakesSouth AfricaQueen Supreme (IRE)
5/16/21Victoria MileJapanGran Alegria (JPN)
6/26/21Gran Premio PamplonaPeruReina de Mollendo
8/19/21Darley Yorkshire OaksUKSnowfall
9/11/21'Justify' Matron StakesIrelandNo Speak Alexander (IRE)
10/2/21Rodeo Drive StakesUSAGoing to Vegas
10/3/21Prix de L'Opera LonginesFranceRougir
10/9/21First Lady StakesUSABlowout (GB)

2020 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Results & Payouts

Get the final results and payouts for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf:

11Audarya (FR)Pierre-Charles Boudot$37.60 / $16.00 / $10.20
6Rushing FallJavier Castellano$4.80 / $3.40
9Harvey’s Lil GoilJunior Alvarado$10.80
12Lady Prancealot (IRE)Manuel Franco
10Civil UnionJoel Rosario
2Sistercharlie (IRE)John Velazquez
4Mean MaryLuis Saez
13Nay Lady Nay (IRE)Irad Ortiz Jr.
5My Sister Nat (FR)Jose Ortiz
14Cayenne Pepper (IRE)Shane Foley
3Peaceful (IRE)Ryan Moore
8Mucho UnusualFlavien Prat
7Terebellum (IRE)Lafranco Dettori
1Starship JubileeFlorent Geroux

Exotic Payouts:

  • $1.00 Exacta (11-6) Paid: $99.60
  • $0.50 Trifecta (11-6-9) Paid: $849.65
  • $0.10 Superfecta (11-6-9-12) Paid: $3,989.52

The BC Filly & Mare Turf Winner History

The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf showcases the world’s best female grass horses aged three years old and up. The race is an international attraction drawing strong fields annually to the U.S. for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The BC Filly & Mare Turf has been run at various distances and for the first time in 2017 it was contested at 1 1/8 miles on the turf course for a purse of $2 million.

Unlike other races at the Breeders’ Cup, what makes the Filly & Mare Turf unique is that it is run at varying distances, dependent on the shape of the hosting track. The race can be held on a turf track covering either 1 ¼ miles or 1 3/8  miles. In 2015, the distance was adjusted to 1 3/16th miles at Keeneland and was again adjusted to 1 1/8th miles for the 2017 renewal at Del Mar. Most of this simply depends on the venue.

The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf was inaugurated in 1999, fifteen years following the first running of the World Championships.

Since 2000, the Filly & Mare Turf winner has been named Champion Female Turf Horse at the Eclipse Awards 12 times.

The 2016 edition was one to remember, as race favorite Lady Eli (Chad Brown) and winner Queen’s Trust came flying down the middle of the stretch to pass pace setter Avenge and cross the line in a photo finish. Five post-time favorites have won the BC Filly & Mare Turf with Dank the most recent in 2013.

Seven horses won the Filly & Mare Turf after failing to win any of their three starts prior to the Breeders’ Cup race. Those three were Starine (2002), Perfect Shirl (2011) Queen’s Trust (2016), Wuheida (2017), Sistercharlie (2018) Iridessa (2019), and Audarya (2020). Queen’s Trust is notable as she had not won in six straight starts until beating the favorite Lady Eli.

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Historical Records:

As noted, with the race being run at multiple lengths, four different horses hold speed records for the Filly & Mare Turf. In 2016, Queen’s Trust set the 1 1/4 mile speed record in a final time of 1:57.75 at Santa Anita. At 1 1/8th miles, Wuheida holds the record with a final time of 1:47.91. In 2020, Audarya captured the top time at 1 3/16th miles with a 1:52.72 final title. Finally, 2000’s winner Perfect Sting still regains supreme at 1 1/3/8th miles with a time of 2:13.07.

The only multiple winner is Ouija Board (2004, 2006) who won each at 1 3/8 miles.

John R. Velazquez has captured a record three wins at the Filly & Mare Turf, while renowned Filly & Mare trainer Chad Brown has a record four wins.

2020Audarya (FR) (3)Pierre-Charles Boudot / James Fanshawe1:52.72 / Keeneland
2019Iridessa (IRE) (3)Wayne Lordan / Joseph Patrick O'Brien1:57.77 / Santa Anita Park
2018Sistercharlie (IRE) (4)John R. Velazquez / Chad Brown2:20.96 / Churchill Downs
2017Wuheida (GB) (3)William Buick / Charlie Appleby1:47.91 / Del Mar Racetrack
2016Queen's Trust (GB) (3)Frankie Dettori / Sir Michael Stoute1:57.75 / Santa Anita Park
2015Stephanie's Kitten (6)Irad Ortiz / Chad Brown1:56.22 / Keeneland
2014Dayatthespa (5)Javier Castellano / Chad Brown2:01.40 / Santa Anita Park
2013Dank (GB) (4)Ryan Moore / Sir Michael Stoute1:58.73 / Santa Anita Park
2012Zagora (FR) (4)Javier Castellano / Chad Brown1:59.70 / Santa Anita Park
2011Perfect Shirl (4)John R. Velazquez / Roger Attfield2:18.62 / Churchill Downs
2010Shared Account (4)Edgar Prado / Graham Motion2:17.74 / Churchill Downs
2009Midday (GB) (3)Tom Queally / Henry Cecil1:59.14 / Santa Anita Park
2008Forever Together (4)Julien Leparoux / Jonathan Sheppard2:01.58 / Santa Anita Park
2007Lahudood (4)Alan Garcia / Kiaran McLaughlin2:22.75 / Monmouth Park
2006Ouija Board (GB) (5)Frankie Dettori / Ed Dunlop2:14.55 / Churchill Downs
2005Intercontinental (GB) (5)Rafael Bejarano / Robert J. Frankel2:02.34 / Belmont Park
2004Ouija Board (GB) (3)Kieren Fallon / Ed Dunlop2:18.25 / Lone Star Park
2003Islington (IRE) (4)Kieren Fallon / Sir Michael Stoute1:59.13 / Santa Anita Park
2002Starine (5)John R. Velazquez / Robert J. Frankel2:03.57 / Santa Anita Park
2001Banks Hill (GB) (3)Olivier Peslier / André Fabre2:00.36 / Arlington Park
2000Perfect Sting (4)Jerry Bailey / Joe Orseno2:13.07 / Belmont Park
1999Soaring Softly (4)Jerry Bailey / James J. Toner2:13.89 / Churchill Downs

Historical Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Results:

2019 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Entries & Morning Line Odds

PPHorseTrainerMorning Line OddsJockey
1 Iridessa (IRE)Joseph O’Brien8-1Wayne Lordan
2 Sistercharlie (IRE)Chad C. Brown8-5John Velazquez
3 Fleeting (IRE)Aidan P. O’Brien6-1Ryan Moore
4 Billesdon Brook (GB)Richard Hannon10-1Sean Levey
5 MirthPhilip D’Amato20-1Mike Smith
6 Thais (FR)Chad C. Brown30-1Manuel Franco
7 VasilikaDan Ward8-1Flavien Prat
8 Castle Lady (IRE)Henri Alex Pantall8-1Mickael Barzalona
9 Villa Marina (GB)Carlos Laffon-Parias8-1Olivier Peslier
10 Mrs. SippyH. Graham Motion8-1Joel Rosario
11 Just WonderfulAidan P. O’Brien20-1William Buick
12 Fanny Logan (IRE)John H.M. Gosden15-1Lanfranco Dettori

2016 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Results

The $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf was expected to go to the favorite, Lady Eli (8-5). And when the Chad Brown-trained champion split rivals on the second turn and made her move four wide at the top of the lane, it looked like her strong burst in the stretch would get her home in front.

Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. rallied Lady Eli past the pace setter Avenge in the deep stretch, but European Invader Queen’s Trust rallied even stronger down the middle of the track. In a thrilling finish, Queen’s Trust nipped Lady Eli in the final strides to win the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita.

Queen’s Trust came to Santa Anita with just one maiden win in seven starts. But she was well-regarded having finished in the money in three-straight Group 1 races entering the Breeders’ Cup.

A 3-year-old daughter of Dansili, Queen’s Trust completed the 1 ¼ miles on firm turf in 1:57.75, breaking the Breeders’ Cup record of 1:58.73 established by Dank in 2013 at Santa Anita.  

Queen’s Trust went off at 8-1 and returned $18.00 to win, $8.40 to place and $5.80 to show. Lady Eli, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Champion, ran very well for 2nd and paid $3.20 and $2.80. Avenge finished a length back in third for $7.40. Seventh Heaven, the second wagering choice, rallied for fourth. A $1 exacta paid $32.90 and the $1 trifecta returned $418.80.

Queen’s Trust is trained by Sir Michael Stoute and was ridden by Frankie Dettori. The victory was the seventh for Stoute in the World Championships and third in the Filly & Mare Turf.