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The Breeders’ Cup Challenge

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Our page of Breeders’ Cup prep-races will describe the Challenge series by divisional offerings.

Win and You’re In!

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge was inaugurated in 2007 and originally launched a series of 24 officially sanctioned races at six tracks that would automatically qualify the winners for Breeders’ Cup berths under a “Win and You’re In” format.

Each Breeders’ Cup Challenge winner gains a reserved entry position for the barrier draw, into a corresponding divisional race of the Breeders’ Cup. In 2011, Breeders’ Cup began paying the entry fees and subsidizing travel costs to the locale of the races for all Challenge winners who are Breeders’ Cup eligible. Breeders’ Cup also began paying a $10,000 award to the nominator of any North American foal who won a Challenge race.

In its first year, the Breeders’ Cup Challenge had 14 winners who competed in the 2007 Breeders’ Cup. Of those 14, four horses won – War Pass in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Ginger Punch in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, English Channel in the Breeders’ Cup Turf and Curlin in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).

The program expanded to 57 races and 17 tracks in 2008. That year, 34 Challenge race winners competed in the Breeders’ Cup and five won – Raven’s Pass in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, Forever Together in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, Stardom Bound in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Maram in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

For 2016, the Challenge consisted of 77 automatic qualifying races, with 28 scheduled outside of North America. There were four new races added to the schedule for 2016 — the Queen of the Turf (Filly & Mare Turf) at Royal Randwick, Australia; Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella (Mile) at Santiago, Chile; Gran Premio Pamplona at Hipodromo Monterrico (Filly & Mare Turf) in Lima, Peru; and Flying Five Stakes (Turf Sprint) at The Curragh, Ireland.

2018 saw a new race added to the official World Championship lineup, the Juvenile Turf Sprint and movement of the 2-year-old races to Friday for a ‘Friday Future Stars’ theme. This will be an interesting change for betting, as the Distaff, Dirt Mile and other 3-year-olds and up condition races move to Saturday.

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge has continued to evolve and change with the core principal remaining the same – providing a list of events for fans to follow and get to know the horses likely to run in each year’s Breeders’ Cup.

Breeders' Cup Challenge Win and You're In Race Schedule for 2019

12/15/18SIS Gran Premio International Carlos Pellegrini StakesI 1 1/2 Miles (T)3 YO & UP Turf Argentina
1/5/19KENCartier Paddock S.I1 1/8 Miles (T)3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare TurfSouth Africa
1/5/19KENL'Ormarins Queen's PlateI1 Mile (T)3 YO & UPMileSouth Africa
2/17/19TOKFebruary S.I1 Mile4 YO & UPClassicJapan
5/1/19PalGran Premio CriadoresI1 1/4 Miles3 YO & UPF & MDistaffArgentina
5/26/19CHSGran Premio Club HĂ­pico FalabellaI1 1/4 Miles (T)3 YO & UPMileChile
5/27/19SAShoemaker MileI1 Mile (T)3 YO & UPMileCalifornia
6/2/19TOKYasuda KinenI1 Mile (T)3 YO & UPMileJapan
6/8/19BelJaipur InvitationalI6 Furlongs (T)4 YO & UPTurf SprintNew York
6/8/19BelOgden PhippsI1 1/16 Miles4 YO & UPF & MDistaffNew York
6/8/19BelRunhappy Metropolitan H.I1 Mile3 YO & UPDirt MileNew York
6/9/19GVAGrande Premio BrasilI1 1/2 Miles (T)4 YO & UPTurfBrazil
6/15/19CDFleur de Lis StakesII1 1/8 Miles3 YO & UPF & MDistaffKentucky
6/15/19CDStephen Foster StakesII1 1/8 Miles3 YO & UPClassicKentucky
6/18/19ASCQueen Anne S.I1 Mile (T)4 YO & UPMileUnited Kingdom
6/19/19ASCPrince of Wales's S.I1 1/4 Miles (T)4 YO & UPTurfUnited Kingdom
6/20/19ASCNorfolk S.II5 Furlongs (T)2 YOJuvenile Turf SprintUnited Kingdom
6/22/19ASCDiamond Jubilee S.I6 Furlongs (T)4 YO & UPTurf SprintUnited Kingdom
6/23/19HSNTakarazuka KinenI1 3/8 Mile (T)3 YO & UPTurfJapan
6/29/19GPPrincess Rooney H.II7 Furlongs3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare SprintFlorida
6/30/19MONGran Premio PamplonaI1 1/4 Miles (T)3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare TurfPeru
7/6/19BelJohn A. NerudII7 Furlongs3 YO & UPSprintNew York
7/20/19MthTVG.Com Haskell InvitationalI1 1/8 Miles3 YOClassicNew Jersey
7/27/19ASCKing George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCOI1 1/2 Miles (T)3 YO & UPTurfUnited Kingdom
7/27/19DmrBing Crosby S.I6 Furlongs3 YO & UPSprintCalifornia
7/28/19DmrClement L. Hirsch StakesI1 1/16 Miles3 YO & UPF & MDistaffCalifornia
7/31/19GOOQatar Sussex StakesI1 Mile (T)3 YO & UPMileUnited Kingdom
8/3/19SarWhitneyI1 1/8 Miles3 YO & UPClassicNew York
8/10/19APArlington MillionI1 1/4 Miles (T)3 YO & UPTurfIllinois
8/10/19APBeverly D. StakesI1 3/16 Miles (T)3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare TurfIllinois
8/10/19SarFourstardave H.I1 Mile (T)3 YO & UPMileNew York
8/11/19DeaPrix du Haras de Fresnay-Le Buffard - Jacques Le MaroisI1 Mile (T)3 YO & UPMileFrance
8/17/19DmrDel Mar Handicap Presented By The Japan Racing AssociationII1 3/8 Mile (T)3 YO & UPTurfCalifornia
8/17/19DmrTVG Pacific ClassicI1 1/4 Miles3 YO & UPClassicCalifornia
8/18/19DeaDarley Prix MornyI6 Furlongs (T)2 YOJuvenile Turf SprintFrance
8/21/19YORJuddmonte International S.I1 1/4 Miles (T)3 YO & UPClassicUnited Kingdom
8/22/19YORYorkshire OaksI1 1/2 Miles (T)3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare TurfUnited Kingdom
8/23/19YORCoolmore Nunthorpe StakesI5 Furlongs (T)2 YO & UPTurf SprintUnited Kingdom
8/24/19DmrPat O'Brien S.II7 Furlongs3 YO & UPDirt MileCalifornia
8/24/19SarKetel One BallerinaI7 Furlongs3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare SprintNew York
8/24/19SarPersonal EnsignI1 1/8 Miles3 YO & UPF & MDistaffNew York
8/24/19SarSword DancerI1 1/2 Miles (T)3 YO & UPTurfNew York
9/7/19BelJockey Club Derby1 1/2 Miles (T)3 YOTurfNew York
9/7/19KDKentucky Downs Turf SprintIII6 Furlongs (T)3 YO & UPTurf SprintKentucky
9/14/19CDIroquois S.III1 1/16 Miles2 YOJuvenileKentucky
9/14/19CDPocahontas S.II1 1/16 Miles2 YOFJuvenile FilliesKentucky
9/14/19LEOCoolmore Fastnet Rock Matron S.I1 Mile (T)3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare TurfIreland
9/14/19LEOKPMG Champions Juvenile StakesII1 Mile (T)2 YOJuvenile TurfIreland
9/14/19LEOQIPCO Irish Champion StakesI1 1/4 Miles (T)3 YO & UPTurfIreland
9/14/19WORicoh Woodbine MileI1 Mile (T)3 YO & UPMileOntario
9/15/19CURDerrinstown Stud Flying Five StakesI5 Furlongs (T)3 YO & UPTurf SprintIreland
9/15/19CURMoyglare Stud StakesI7 Furlongs (T)2 YOFJuvenile Fillies TurfIreland
9/15/19WONatalma StakesI1 Mile (T)2 YOFJuvenile Fillies TurfOntario
9/15/19WOSummer StakesI1 Mile (T)2 YOJuvenile TurfOntario
9/21/19PrxCotillion S.I1 1/16 Miles3 YOFDistaffPennsylvania
9/27/19NEWShadwell RockfelII7 Furlongs (T)2 YOFJuvenile Fillies TurfUnited Kingdom
9/27/19SAAmerican Pharoah StakesI1 1/16 Miles2 YOJuvenileCalifornia
9/27/19SAChandelier StakesI1 1/16 Miles2 YOFJuvenile FilliesCalifornia
9/28/19BelJockey Club Gold CupI1 1/4 Miles3 YO & UPClassicNew York
9/28/19BelThe VosburghI6 Furlongs3 YO & UPSprintNew York
9/28/19NEWJuddmonte Royal Lodge StakesII1 Mile (T)2 YOC & GJuvenile TurfUnited Kingdom
9/28/19SAAwesome Again StakesI1 1/8 Miles3 YO & UPClassicCalifornia
9/28/19SARodeo Drive StakesI1 1/4 Miles (T)3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare TurfCalifornia
9/29/19NKRSprinters S.I6 Furlongs (T)3 YO & UPTurf SprintJapan
9/29/19SAZenyatta StakesII1 1/16 Miles3 YO & UPF & MDistaffCalifornia
10/4/19KeeDarley Alcibiades StakesI1 1/16 Miles2 YOFJuvenile FilliesKentucky
10/4/19KeeStoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix StakesII6 Furlongs3 YO & UPSprintKentucky
10/5/19BelThe ChampagneI1 Mile2 YOJuvenileNew York
10/5/19KeeClaiborne Breeders' FuturityI1 1/16 Miles2 YOJuvenileKentucky
10/5/19KeeFirst Lady S.I1 Mile (T)3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare TurfKentucky
10/5/19KeeShadwell Turf Mile StakesI1 Mile (T)3 YO & UPMileKentucky
10/5/19KeeThoroughbred Club of America StakesII6 Furlongs3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare SprintKentucky
10/5/19SASanta Anita Sprint ChampionshipI6 Furlongs3 YO & UPSprintCalifornia
10/6/19BelThe Flower BowlI1 1/4 Miles (T)3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare TurfNew York
10/6/19BelThe FrizetteI1 Mile2 YOFJuvenile FilliesNew York
10/6/19BelThe FuturityIII6 Furlongs (T)2 YOC & GJuvenile Turf SprintNew York
10/6/19KeeDixiana Bourbon S.III1 1/16 Miles (T)2 YOJuvenile TurfKentucky
10/6/19KeeIndian Summer Stakes5 1/2 Furlongs (T)2 YOJuvenile Turf SprintKentucky
10/6/19KeeJuddmonte Spinster StakesI1 1/8 Miles3 YO & UPF & MDistaffKentucky
10/6/19LchPrix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp LonginesI5 Furlongs (T)2 YO & UPTurf SprintFrance
10/6/19LchPrix de l'Opera LonginesI1 1/4 Miles (T)3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare TurfFrance
10/6/19LchQatar Prix de l'Arc de TriompheI1 1/2 Miles (T)3 YO & UPTurfFrance
10/6/19LchQatar Prix Jean-Luc LagardereI1 Mile (T)2 YOJuvenile TurfFrance
10/6/19LchQatar Prix Marcel BoussacI1 Mile (T)2 YOFJuvenile Fillies TurfFrance
10/6/19SASpeakeasy Stakes5 Furlongs (T)2 YOJuvenile Turf SprintCalifornia
10/9/19KeeJPMorgan Chase Jessamine StakesII1 1/16 Miles (T)2 YOFJuvenile Fillies TurfKentucky

Please click for a schedule of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge races.