2022 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes at a Glance

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Enjoying a winning fall day at Keeneland. (Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing)

Few races on the calendar have had as strong of an impact on a single Breeders’ Cup World Championships race as the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes at Keeneland has had on the Longines Distaff.

juddmonte spinster Stakes

Racetrack: Keeneland, Lexington, Ky.
Date: Oct. 9
Purse: $600,000
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Race: 9
Post Time: 5:45 p.m. ET
Notable winners: Blue Prize (2018, 2019), Azeri (2004), Take Charge Lady (2002, 2003), Banshee Breeze (1998), Inside Information (1995), Paseana (1993), Bayakoa (1989, 1990) Sacahuista (1987), Princess Rooney (1984), Susan’s Girl (1973, 1975), Gallant Bloom (1969), and Doubledogdare (1956). 
First held: 1956

Princess Rooney (1984), Sacahuista (1987), Bayakoa (1989, 1990), Inside Information (1995), and Blue Prize (2019) all completed the Spinster-Distaff sweep in the same year, while Life’s Magic, Paseana, Spain, Unbridled Elaine, and Pleasant Home competed in the Spinster in the year they prevailed in the Distaff.

With Keeneland set to host the Breeders’ Cup this year, let take a look at the compact but talented field for the 1 1/8-mile Spinster on Oct. 9. The race will be shown live on CNBC and FanDuel TV.

1. Malathaat (3-5 morning-line odds): Last year’s champion 3-year-old filly, Malathaat has two wins and two seconds in four starts this season and enters this race off a half-length win in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Stakes that earned a career-top 113 Equibase Speed Figure. She’s 2-for-2 on the main track at Keeneland and looks formidable in this spot.

JOCKEY: John Velazquez; TRAINER: Todd Pletcher

2. Army Wife (15-1): She’s a multiple graded stakes winner who has held her own with third-place finishes in two previous starts in Grade 1 races. But she would be easier to support if she wasn’t coming into this race off back-to-back unplaced finishes in which she was well-beaten against lesser competition.

JOCKEY: Luis Saez; TRAINER: Mike Maker

3. Letruska (5-2): She led from start to finish to win this race by 1 ¾ lengths a year ago to post her fifth straight victory and then did not fire as the favorite in the Distaff. She looked like she was back at her best in her first two starts this year but has gone off form of late. She was last of five and beaten by 35 ¾ lengths in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes in June but most recently ran a much better third in the Personal Ensign, 2 ½ lengths behind Malathaat.

JOCKEY: Tyler Gaffalione; TRAINER: Fausto Gutierrez

4. Played Hard (3-1): Letruska set an uncontested pace in this race a year ago, but the presence of Played Hard means there should be a battle for the early lead. She pressed the pace and won the Grade 3 Locust Grove Stakes by 5 ¾ lengths at Churchill Downs Sept. 17, and Played Hard has finished first or second in each of her last five races. Her speed figures do not quite stack up, but she is a fighter who is always dangerous.

JOCKEY: Joel Rosario; TRAINER: Philip Bauer

5. Princess of Cairo (30-1): She enters off a runner-up finish in the Emerald Downs Distaff Stakes and has finished in the top three in 10 of 15 career starts, but she’s never faced competition like this before and would need to improve her best Equibase Speed Figure by about 20 points to be a threat.

JOCKEY: Geovanni Franco; TRAINER: Michael Puhich

THE PICK: Malathaat

TRIFECTA: 1-4-3

2022 Juddmonte Spinster S.
October 9th, 2022

Winning Time: 1:51.05
  • Purse: $600,000
  • Distance: 1 1/8 Miles
  • Age: 3 yo's & up
  • Surface: Dirt
  • Winning Time: 1:51.05
Results
Win
Place
Show
1st
1 Malathaat
$2.88
$2.10
2nd
2 Army Wife
$8.14
3rd
4 Played Hard
4th
3 Letruska
5th
5 Princess of Cairo
Payoff
Pick 3
8-12-1
8-12-1
$29
Daily Double
12-1
12-1
$10
Exacta
1-2
1-2
$12
Trifecta
1-2-4
1-2-4
$11
Payoff
Pick 3
8-12-1
8-12-1
$29
Daily Double
12-1
12-1
$10
Exacta
1-2
1-2
$12
Trifecta
1-2-4
1-2-4
$11

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