Stopchargingmaria wins $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Stopchargingmaria held off Stellar Wind to win the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff by a neck after surviving a foul claim and objection.
Ridden by Javier Castellano, Stopchargingmaria ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.98 and paid $16.20, $8.40 and $6 at 7-1 odds Friday.
Stellar Wind returned $9.20 and $6.60, while Curalina was another 3 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $7 to show.
The stewards examined video of the stretch run, when Stopchargingmaria slightly bumped Stellar Wind and carried her wide toward the grandstand. Victor Espinoza, aboard Stellar Wind, filed the objection against Castellano, saying he was forced to check his horse.
The stewards made no change in the order of finish, citing insufficient evidence.
Wedding Toast, the 5-2 favorite, finished 11th in the 14-horse field.
Defending champion Untapable didn’t run after she developed a fever earlier in the week.