Ladies' Classic restored to Distaff

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The Breeder's Cup Ladies' Classic was run as the Distaff from 1983-2007.
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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP)

The Breeders' Cup is restoring the original name of its top race for fillies and mares to Distaff after five years of running it as the Ladies' Classic.

The $2 million race caps the first day of thoroughbred racing's richest event. It will be run as the last of five Breeders' Cup races on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.

Breeders' Cup president and CEO Craig Fravel said Thursday that the name change was the result of feedback from fans. The 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares 3-years-old or older was run as the Distaff from 1983-2007.

It was changed to Ladies' Classic in 2008, when superstar mare Zenyatta won it.

The Breeders' Cup will conclude Nov. 2 with nine races, capped by the $5 million Classic.

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