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The 2022 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series

| Dec. to May Races | Jun. to Jul. Races | August Races| September Races | October Races | Win & You’re In History

Our page of Breeders’ Cup prep-races organizes the Challenge series by divisional offerings. Find a month-by-month schedule of the races in the tables below:

December to May Challenge Series Events

DATERACE / COUNTRYDIVISIONWINNER
12/11/2021Gran Premio International Carlos Pellegrini / BrazilTurfVillage King
1/8/2022L'Ormarins Queen's Plate / South AfricaMileJet Dark (SAF)
1/8/2022Cartier Paddock Stakes / South AfricaFilly & Mare TurfCaptain's Ransom (SAF)
2/20/2022February Stakes / JapanClassicCafe Pharoah
5/1/2022Gran Premio Criadores / ArgentinaDistaffLa Validada (ARG)
5/15/2022Victoria Mile / JapanFilly & Mare TurfSodashi (JPN)
5/29/2022Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella / ChileMileViejos Tiempos
5/30/2022Shoemaker Mile Stakes / USAMileCount Again

June & July Challenge Series Events

DATERACE / COUNTRYDIVISIONWINNER
6/5/2022Yasuda Kinen / JapanMileSongline
6/11/2022Metropolitan Handicap / USADirt MileFlightline
6/11/2022Jaipur Invitational / USATurf SprintCasa Creed
6/11/2022Ogden Phipps Stakes / USADistaffClairiere
6/14/2022King's Stand Stakes / UKTurf SprintNature Strip
6/14/2022Queen Anne Stakes / UKMileBaaeed
6/15/2022Prince of Wales's Stakes / UKTurfState of Rest
6/16/2022Norfolk Stakes / UKJuvenile Turf SprintThe Ridler
6/26/2022Gran Premio Pamplona / PeruFilly & Mare TurfOla Perfecta
6/26/2022Takarazuka Kinen / JapanTurfTitleholder
6/26/2022Grande Premio Brasil / BrazilTurfNautilus
7/2/2022Princess Rooney / USAFilly & Mare SprintCe Ce
7/2/2022Stephen Foster Stakes / USAClassicOlympiad
7/23/2022King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes / UKTurfPyledriver
7/23/2022Haskell Stakes / USAClassicCyberknife
7/27/2022Qatar Sussex Stakes / UKMileBaaeed
7/30/2022Bing Crosby Stakes / USASprintAmerican Theorem

August Challenge Series Events

DATERACE / COUNTRYDIVISIONWINNER
8/6/2022Clement L. Hirsch Stakes / USADistaffBlue Stripe (ARG)
8/6/2022The Whitney / USAClassicLife Is Good
8/13/2022The Fourstardave / USAMileCasa Creed
8/13/2022Beverly D. Stakes / USAFilly & Mare TurfDalika
8/14/2022Prix Jacques Le Marois / FranceMileInspiral
8/17/2022Juddmonte International Stakes / UKClassicTBD
8/18/2022Darley Yorkshire Oaks / UKFilly & Mare TurfTBD
8/19/2022Nunthorpe Stakes / UKTurf SprintTBD
8/21/2022Darley Prix Morny / FranceJuvenile Turf SprintTBD
8/27/2022Pat O'Brien Stakes / USADirt MileTBD
8/27/2022The Sword Dancer / USATurfTBD
8/28/2022The Ballerina / USAFilly & Mare SprintTBD

September Challenge Series Events

DATERACE / COUNTRYDIVISIONWINNER
9/3/2022Del Mar Handicap / USATurfTBD
9/3/2022Pacific Classic / USAClassicTBD
9/3/2022Flower Bowl / USAFilly & Mare TurfTBD
9/3/2022Jockey Club Gold Cup / USAClassicTBD
9/4/2022Green Flash Handicap / USATurf SprintTBD
9/10/2022Irish Champion Stakes / IrelandTurfTBD
9/10/2022Champions Juvenile Stakes / IrelandJuvenile TurfTBD
9/10/2022Kentucky Turf Cup / USATurfTBD
9/10/2022Turf Sprint / USATurf SprintTBD
9/10/2022Matron StakesFilly & Mare TurfTBD
9/11/2022Moyglare Stud Stakes / IrelandJuvenile Fillies TurfTBD
9/11/2022Flying Five Stakes / IrelandTurf SprintTBD
9/17/2022Natalma Stakes / CanadaJuvenile Fillies TurfTBD
9/17/2022Summer Stakes / CanadaJuvenile TurfTBD
9/17/2022Woodbine Mile / CanadaMileTBD
9/23/2022Shadwell Rockfel Stakes / UKJuvenile Fillies TurfTBD
9/24/2022Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes / UKJuvenile TurfTBD

October Challenge Series Events

DATERACE / COUNTRYDIVISIONWINNER
10/1/2022Ack Ack Handicap / USADirt MileTBD
10/1/2022Awesome Again Stakes / USAClassicTBD
10/1/2022The Champagne / USAJuvenileTBD
10/1/2022Miss Grillo Stakes / USAJuvenile Fillies TurfTBD
10/2/2022Speakeasy Stakes / USAJuvenile Turf SprintTBD
10/2/2022Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere / FranceJuvenile TurfTBD
10/2/2022Prix de L'Abbaye de Longchamp Longines / FranceTurf SprintTBD
10/2/2022Qatar Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe / FranceTurfTBD
10/2/2022Prix de L'Opera Longines / FranceFilly & Mare TurfTBD
10/2/2022Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac / FranceJuvenile Fillies TurfTBD
10/2/2022The Pilgrim StakesJuvenile TurfTBD
10/2/2022Frizette Stakes / USAJuvenile FilliesTBD
10/7/2022Darley Alcibiades Stakes / USAJuvenile FilliesTBD
10/7/2022Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes / USASprintTBD
10/7/2022Jessamine Stakes / USAJuvenile Fillies TurfTBD
10/8/2022Rodeo Drive Stakes / USAFilly & Mare TurfTBD
10/8/2022 Vosburgh Stakes / USASprintTBD
10/8/2022Chandelier Stakes / USAJuvenile FilliesTBD
10/8/2022American Pharoah Stakes / USAJuvenileTBD
10/8/2022Breeders' Futurity / USAJuvenileTBD
10/8/2022Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes / USAMileTBD
10/8/2022Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes / USAFilly & Mare SprintTBD
10/9/2022Indian Summer Stakes / USAJuvenile Turf SprintTBD
10/9/2022Bourbon Stakes / USAJuvenile TurfTBD
10/9/2022Futurity Stakes / USAJuvenile Turf SprintTBD
10/9/2022Spinster Stakes / USADistaffTBD
10/15/2022QIPCO Champion Stakes / UKTurfTBD
10/15/2022Queen Elizabeth II StakesMileTBD

“Win and You’re In” – Challenge Series History

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 has been an interesting change for betting, as the Distaff, Dirt Mile and other 3-year-olds and up condition races moved to Saturday.

2020 produced some unique obstacles for the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series organizers, mainly due to global uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The final schedule for the critical last two months of the series was not finalized until late August. Among the highlights of the end of season qualifications for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup was the inclusion of the 145th Preakness Stakes as a “win and you’re in” race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Another very different aspect for 2020 was that most qualifying races and the eventual Breeders’ Cup Championship races themselves were run without fans.

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.