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The Breeders' Cup Challenge Prep Races

Win and You're In!

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge was inaugurated in 2007 and 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 an automatic starting position 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 consists 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.

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.

The Breeders' Cup Challenge Racing Schedule

Date Track Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area Winner
01/06/18 KEN Cartier Paddock S. I 1 1/8 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf South Africa Oh Susanna (AUS)
01/06/18 KEN L'Ormarins Queen's Plate I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile South Africa Legal Eagle (SAF)
02/18/18 TOK February S. I 1 Mile 4 YO & UP   Classic Japan Nonkono Yume (JPN)
04/07/18 RAN The Star Doncaster Mile I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile Australia Happy Clapper (AUS)
04/14/18 RAN The Coolmore Legacy Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Australia Alizee (AUS)
05/01/18 Pal Gran Premio Criadores I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff Argentina Sinfonia Fantastica (ARG)
05/21/18 CHS Gran Premio Club Hípico Falabella Breeders’ Cup I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile Chile Nuevo Maestro (CHI)
05/25/18 SIS Gran Premio 25 de Mayo I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Argentina La Extrana Dama (ARG)
05/28/18 SA Shoemaker Mile I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile California Hunt (IRE)
06/03/18 TOK Yasuda Kinen I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile Japan Mozu Ascot
06/09/18 Bel Jaipur Invitational II 6 Furlongs (T) 4 YO & UP   Turf Sprint New York Disco Partner
06/09/18 Bel Ogden Phipps I 1 1/16 Miles 4 YO & UP F & M Distaff New York Abel Tasman
06/09/18 Bel Runhappy Metropolitan H. I 1 Mile 3 YO & UP   Dirt Mile New York Bee Jersey
06/10/18 GVA Grande Premio Brasil I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 4 YO & UP   Turf Brazil Quarteto de Cordas (BRZ)
06/16/18 CD Fleur de Lis H. II 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff Kentucky Blue Prize (ARG)
06/16/18 CD Stephen Foster H. I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic Kentucky Pavel
06/19/18 ASC Queen Anne S. I 1 Mile (T) 4 YO & UP   Mile United Kingdom Accidental Agent (GB)
06/20/18 ASC Prince of Wales's S. I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 4 YO & UP   Turf United Kingdom Poet's Word (IRE)
06/21/18 ASC Norfolk S. II 5 Furlongs (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Sprint United Kingdom Shang Shang Shang
06/23/18 ASC Diamond Jubilee S. I 6 Furlongs (T) 4 YO & UP   Turf Sprint United Kingdom Merchant Navy (AUS)
06/24/18 HSN Takarazuka Kinen I 1 3/8 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Japan Mikki Rocket (JPN)
06/24/18 MON Gran Premio Pamplona I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Peru  
06/30/18 GP Princess Rooney H. II 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Sprint Florida  
06/30/18 WO Highlander Stakes I 6 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Sprint Ontario  
07/07/18 Bel Belmont Sprint Championship II 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint New York  
07/28/18 ASC King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf United Kingdom  
07/28/18 Dmr Bing Crosby S. I 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint California  
07/29/18 Dmr Clement L. Hirsch Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff California  
07/29/18 Mth Betfair.com Haskell Invitational I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO   Classic New Jersey  
08/01/18 GOO Qatar Sussex Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile United Kingdom  
08/04/18 Sar Whitney I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic New York  
08/11/18 AP Arlington Million I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Illinois  
08/11/18 AP Beverly D. Stakes I 1 3/16 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Illinois  
08/12/18 Dea Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le Buffard - Jacques Le Marois I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile France  
08/18/18 Dmr Del Mar H. Presented By The Japan Racing Association II 1 3/8 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf California  
08/18/18 Dmr TVG Pacific Classic I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic California  
08/22/18 YOR Juddmonte International S. I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf United Kingdom  
08/23/18 YOR Darley Yorkshire Oaks I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf United Kingdom  
08/24/18 YOR Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes I 5 Furlongs (T) 2 YO & UP   Turf Sprint United Kingdom  
08/25/18 Dmr Pat O'Brien S. II 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Dirt Mile California  
08/25/18 Sar Forego I 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Dirt Mile New York  
08/25/18 Sar Ketel One Ballerina I 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Sprint New York  
08/25/18 Sar Personal Ensign I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff New York  
08/25/18 Sar Sword Dancer I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf New York  
09/01/18 Sar Spinaway I 7 Furlongs 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies New York  
09/15/18 CD Iroquois S. III 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO   Juvenile Kentucky  
09/15/18 CD Pocahontas S. II 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Kentucky  
09/15/18 LEO Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron S. I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Ireland  
09/15/18 LEO QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Ireland  
09/15/18 LEO Willis Towers Watson Champions Juvenile Stakes II 1 Mile (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Ireland  
09/15/18 WO Ricoh Woodbine Mile I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile Ontario  
09/16/18 CUR Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes I 5 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Sprint Ireland  
09/16/18 CUR Moyglare Stud Stakes I 7 Furlongs (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf Ireland  
09/16/18 WO Natalma Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf Ontario  
09/16/18 WO Summer Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Ontario  
09/28/18 NEW Shadwell Rockfel II 7 Furlongs (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf United Kingdom  
09/29/18 Bel Joe Hirsch Turf Classic I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf New York  
09/29/18 Bel The Vosburgh I 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint New York  
09/29/18 NEW Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes II 1 Mile (T) 2 YO C & G Juvenile Turf United Kingdom  
09/29/18 SA Awesome Again Stakes I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic California  
09/29/18 SA Chandelier Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies California  
09/29/18 SA FrontRunner Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO   Juvenile California  
09/29/18 SA Rodeo Drive Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf California  
09/29/18 SA Zenyatta Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff California  
09/30/18 NKR Sprinters S. I 6 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Sprint Japan  
10/05/18 Kee Darley Alcibiades Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Kentucky  
10/05/18 Kee Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes II 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint Kentucky  
10/06/18 Bel Frizette Stakes I 1 Mile 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies New York  
10/06/18 Bel Jockey Club Gold Cup I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic New York  
10/06/18 Kee Claiborne Breeders' Futurity I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO   Juvenile Kentucky  
10/06/18 Kee First Lady S. I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Kentucky  
10/06/18 Kee Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile Kentucky  
10/06/18 Kee Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes II 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Sprint Kentucky  
10/06/18 SA Santa Anita Sprint Championship I 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint California  
10/07/18 Bel Champagne Stakes I 1 Mile 2 YO   Juvenile New York  
10/07/18 Bel Flower Bowl Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf New York  
10/07/18 Kee Dixiana Bourbon S. III 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Kentucky  
10/07/18 Kee Juddmonte Spinster Stakes I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff Kentucky  
10/07/18 Kee Keeneland Juvenile Turf Sprint   5 1/2 Furlongs (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Sprint Kentucky  
10/07/18 Lch Prix de l'Opera Longines I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf France  
10/07/18 Lch Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf France  
10/07/18 Lch Total Prix Marcel Boussac I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf France  
10/10/18 Kee JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes II 1 1/16 Miles (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf Kentucky  

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