The Filly & Mare Turf was added to the Breeders’ Cup lineup in 1999. The race has been run at a variety of different distances on turf, from 1 ⅛ miles to 1 ⅜ miles, but is intended to be run at either 1 ¼ miles or 1 ⅜ miles, depending on the host track.
The race is a Grade 1 event worth $2 million for fillies and mares, with nine ‘Win and You’re In’ races providing an automatic spot in the starting gate: the Grade 1 Cartier Paddock Stakes at Kenilworth, the Grade 1 Gran Premio Pamplona at Hipodromo de Monterrico, the Grade 1 Beverly D. at Arlington Park, the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks at York, the Group 1 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron at Leopardstown, the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive at Santa Anita, the Grade 1 First Lady at Keeneland, the Grade 1 Flower Bowl at Belmont and the Group 1 Prix de L’Opera Longines at Longchamp.
Trainer Chad Brown has dominated the race in recent years, with four wins from its past eight runnings. Ouija Board is the only horse to have won the Filly & Mare Turf twice, and did so in non-consecutive years in 2004 and 2006.