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The Breeders' Cup Challenge

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.

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 Smart Choice (ARG)
06/30/18 GP Princess Rooney H. II 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Sprint Florida Stormy Embrace
06/30/18 WO Highlander Stakes I 6 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Sprint Ontario Long On Value
07/07/18 Bel Belmont Sprint Championship II 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint New York Limousine Liberal
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 Poet's Word (IRE)
07/28/18 Dmr Bing Crosby S. I 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint California Ransom the Moon
07/29/18 Dmr Clement L. Hirsch Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff California Unique Bella
07/29/18 Mth Betfair.com Haskell Invitational I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO   Classic New Jersey Good Magic
08/01/18 GOO Qatar Sussex Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile United Kingdom Lightning Spear (GB)
08/04/18 Sar Whitney I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic New York Diversify
08/11/18 AP Arlington Million I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Illinois Robert Bruce (CHI)
08/11/18 AP Beverly D. Stakes I 1 3/16 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Illinois Sistercharlie (IRE)
08/12/18 Dea Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le Buffard - Jacques Le Marois I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile France Alpha Centauri (IRE)
08/18/18 Dmr Del Mar H. Presented By The Japan Racing Association II 1 3/8 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf California Fashion Business (GB)
08/18/18 Dmr TVG Pacific Classic I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic California Accelerate
08/22/18 YOR Juddmonte International S. I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf United Kingdom Roaring Lion
08/23/18 YOR Darley Yorkshire Oaks I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf United Kingdom Sea of Class (IRE)
08/24/18 YOR Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes I 5 Furlongs (T) 2 YO & UP   Turf Sprint United Kingdom Alpha Delphini (GB)
08/25/18 Dmr Pat O'Brien S. II 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Dirt Mile California Catalina Cruiser
08/25/18 Sar Forego I 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Dirt Mile New York Whitmore
08/25/18 Sar Ketel One Ballerina I 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Sprint New York Marley's Freedom
08/25/18 Sar Personal Ensign I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff New York Abel Tasman
08/25/18 Sar Sword Dancer I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf New York Glorious Empire (IRE)
09/01/18 Sar Spinaway I 7 Furlongs 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies New York Sippican Harbor
09/15/18 CD Iroquois S. III 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO   Juvenile Kentucky Cairo Cat
09/15/18 CD Pocahontas S. II 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Kentucky Serengeti Empress
09/15/18 LEO Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron S. I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Ireland Laurens (FR)
09/15/18 LEO QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Ireland Roaring Lion
09/15/18 LEO KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes II 1 Mile (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Ireland Madhmoon (IRE)
09/15/18 WO Ricoh Woodbine Mile I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile Ontario Oscar Performance
09/16/18 CUR Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes I 5 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Sprint Ireland Havana Grey (GB)
09/16/18 CUR Moyglare Stud Stakes I 7 Furlongs (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf Ireland Skitter Scatter
09/16/18 WO Natalma Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf Ontario La Pelosa (IRE)
09/16/18 WO Summer Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Ontario Fog of War
09/28/18 NEW Shadwell Rockfel II 7 Furlongs (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf United Kingdom Just Wonderful
09/29/18 Bel Jockey Club Gold Cup I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic New York  Discreet Lover
09/29/18 Bel Joe Hirsch Turf Classic I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf New York Channel Maker
09/29/18 Bel The Vosburgh I 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint New York Imperial Hint
09/29/18 NEW Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes II 1 Mile (T) 2 YO C & G Juvenile Turf United Kingdom Mohawk (IRE)
09/29/18 SA Awesome Again Stakes I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic California Accelerate
09/29/18 SA Chandelier Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies California Bellafina
09/29/18 SA American Pharoah Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO   Juvenile California Game Winner
09/29/18 SA Rodeo Drive Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf California Vasilika
09/29/18 SA Zenyatta Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff California Vale Dori (ARG)
09/29/18 NKR Sprinters S. I 6 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Sprint Japan Fine Needle (JPN)
10/05/18 Kee Darley Alcibiades Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Kentucky Restless Rider
10/05/18 Kee Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes II 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint Kentucky Promises Fulfilled
10/06/18 Kee Claiborne Breeders' Futurity I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO   Juvenile Kentucky  Knicks Go
10/06/18 Kee First Lady S. I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Kentucky A Raving Beauty (GER)
10/06/18 Kee Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile Kentucky Next Shares
10/06/18 Kee Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes II 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Sprint Kentucky Golden Mischief
10/06/18 SA Santa Anita Sprint Championship I 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint California Roy H
10/06/18 Bel Champagne Stakes I 1 Mile 2 YO   Juvenile New York Knicks Go
10/06/18 Bel Speakeasy Stakes   5 Furlongs (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Sprint California Its Gonna Hurt
10/07/18 Bel Flower Bowl Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf New York Fourstar Crook
10/07/18 Bel The Frizette I 1 Mile 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies New York Jaywalk
10/07/18 Bel The Futurity L 6 Furlongs (T) 2 YO C & G Juvenile Turf Sprint New York Uncle Benny
10/07/18 Kee Dixiana Bourbon S. III 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Kentucky Current
10/07/18 Kee Indian Summer Stakes   5 1/2 Furlongs (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Sprint Kentucky Strike Silver
10/07/18 Kee Juddmonte Spinster Stakes I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff Kentucky Blue Prize (ARG)
10/07/18 Lch Prix de l'Opera Longines I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf France Wild Illusion (GB)
10/07/18 Lch Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf France Royal Marine (IRE)
10/07/18 Lch Total Prix Marcel Boussac I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf France Lily's Candle (FR)
10/10/18 Kee JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes II 1 1/16 Miles (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf Kentucky Concrete Rose

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

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