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Life Is Sweet wins the 2009 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic
Life Is Sweet wins the 2009 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic

Life Is Sweet wins the 2009 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita

© Terence Dulay
November 6, 2009

The 26th renewal of the Breeders' Cup World Championships kicked off with 6 races on Friday at Santa Anita Park, before a crowd of 37,651. Fans and participants enjoyed a beautiful fall day, with clear skies, no wind, and temperatures in the mid 70's. Attendance increased by 20% over Championship Friday last year.

A field of 8 older fillies and mares went 1 1/8 miles on the main track in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (formerly known as the Distaff). Careless Jewel was sent off as the 9-5 favorite off her wins in the Cotillion, Alabama, and Delaware Oaks. In to challenge her included 5-2 second choice Music Note, winner of the Beldame, and 7-1 third choice Proviso, winner of the Spinster.

Careless Jewel was loose on the lead early, getting quick fractions of 23.50, 45.78, and 1:09.74 while as many as 9 lengths in front of Lethal Heat in second. Careless Jewel tired badly include the 3/8 pole, fading to finish last, allowing Proviso take over the lead briefly in midstretch. Life Is Sweet, who was last early, came out 5 wide for the drive and circled the field, finishing 2 1/2 lengths in front of Mushka in 1:48.58. It was another length back to Music Note third.
Results chart

On to Saturday Results Part 1 with the Classic, Turf, Sprint, and Juvenile

On to Saturday Results Part 2 with the Mile, Dirt Mile, Juvenile Turf, and Turf Sprint

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