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2021 Breeders’ Cup Prep Races

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September and October heat up as the final rounds of 2021 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races take place all over the world.

The month of September features a distinctly Irish flavor with five different events schedule at either Leopardstown or The Curragh Racecourse, including the Irish Champion Stakes, a race that has been won on five different occasions by the eventual Breeders’ Cup Turf winner.

Another highlight for September is the Woodbine Mile, one of the most prestigious and richest on the Canadian racing calendar for older turf horses.

The month ends with a bang as Santa Anita kicks off its Autumn Meet with three Grade I races including the American Pharoah Stakes, Awesome Again Stakes, and the Rodeo Drive Stakes.

October then commences with the much-anticipated Keeneland Fall Meet, with a total of two races on the 1st Friday, six on Saturday, and another four on Sunday that are part of the “win and you’re in” Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series. Of these ten events at Keeneland, five of them are Grade I races including the Darley Alcibiades, the Shadwell Turf Mile, the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, the First Lady Presented by UK HealthCare and the Juddmonte Spinster.

Not to be overlooked with all the action at Keeneland to start October, even casual racing fans will recognized the newly added Challenge Series race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic taking place at Pimlico on October 3rd. The Preakness Stakes will for the 1st time be part of the qualification process for the Breeders’ Cup, raising the stakes even further for the storied Triple Crown event.

The second weekend of October concludes the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, book-ended by a total of five races at Belmont Park on October 10-11, including four the following four Grade 1 events on that Saturday: the Jockey Gold Cup, the Champagne Stakes, the Flower Bowl Stakes, and the Frizette Stakes.

Breeders’ Cup Prep Races by Division

Breeders’ Cup Classic Prep Races

2/21/2021February StakesJapanCafe Pharoah
6/26/21Stephen Foster StakesUSAMaxfield
7/3/2021The Suburban StakesUSAMax Player
7/17/2021Haskell StakesUSAMandaloun
8/7/2021The Whitney USAKnicks Go
8/18/2021Juddmonte International StakesUKMishriff
8/21/2021Pacific ClassicUSATripoli
9/4/2021Jockey Club Gold CupUSAMax Player
10/2/2021Awesome Again StakesUSAMedina Spirit

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Prep Races

6/5/21Metropolitan HandicapUSASilver State
8/28/21Pat O'Brien StakesUSAGinobili

Breeders’ Cup Distaff Prep Races

5/1/21Gran Premio CriadoresArgentinaBlue Stripe (ARG)
6/5/21Ogden Phipps HandicapUSALetruska
6/26/21Fleur de Lis StakesUSALetruska
8/1/21Clement L. Hirsch StakesUSAShedaresthedevil
8/28/21The Personal EnsignUSALetruska
10/3/21Zenyatta StakesUSAPrivate Mission
10/10/21Spinster StakesUSALetruska

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Prep Races

7/3/2021Princess RooneyUSACe Ce
8/28/2021The BallerinaUSAGamine
10/9/2021Thoroughbred Club of America StakesUSABell's the One

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Prep Races

1/9/21Cartier Paddock StakesSouth AfricaQueen Supreme (IRE)
5/16/21Victoria MileJapanGran Alegria (JPN)
6/26/21Gran Premio PamplonaPeruReina de Mollendo
8/19/21Darley Yorkshire OaksUKSnowfall
9/11/21'Justify' Matron StakesIrelandNo Speak Alexander (IRE)
10/2/21Rodeo Drive StakesUSAGoing to Vegas
10/3/21Prix de L'Opera LonginesFranceRougir
10/9/21First Lady StakesUSABlowout (GB)

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Prep Races

9/18/21Iroquois StakesUSAMajor General
10/1/21American Pharoah StakesUSACorniche
10/2/21The ChampagneUSAJack Christopher
10/9/21Breeders' FuturityUSARattle N Roll

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Prep Races

9/19/21Pocohantas StakesUSAHidden Connection
10/1/21Chandelier StakesUSAAin't Easy
10/3/21Frizette StakesUSAEcho Zulu
10/8/21Darley Alcibiades StakesUSAJuju's Map

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Prep Races

9/12/21Moyglare Stud StakesIrelandDiscoveries (IRE)
9/19/21Natalma StakesCanadaWild Beauty (GB)
9/24/21Shadwell Rockfel StakesUKHello You
10/3/21Qatar Prix Marcel BoussacFranceZellie
10/13/21Jessamine StakesUSACalifornia Angel

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Prep Races

9/11/21Champions Juvenile StakesIrelandAtomic Jones (FR)
9/19/21Summer StakesCanadaAlbahr (GB)
9/25/21Juddmonte Royal Lodge StakesUKRoyal Patronage
10/3/21Qatar Prix Jean-Luc LagardereFranceAngel Bleu
10/10/21Bourbon StakesUSATiz The Bomb

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Prep Races

6/17/21Norfolk StakesUKPerfect Power (IRE)
8/22/21Darley Prix MornyFrancePerfect Power (IRE)
10/1/21Speakeasy StakesUSAOne Timer
10/10/21Indian Summer StakesUSAAverly Jane
10/10/21Futurity StakesUSASlipstream

Breeders’ Cup Mile Prep Races

1/9/21L'Ormarins Queens PlateSouth AfricaJet Dark (SAF)
5/2/21Gran Premio Club Hipico FalabellaChileSuccesso (CHI)
5/31/21Shoemaker MileUSASmooth Like Strait
6/6/21Yasuda KinenJapanDanon Kingly (JPN)
6/15/21Queen Anne StakesUKPalace Pier (GB)
7/28/21Qatar Sussex StakesUKAlcohol Free (IRE)
8/14/21The FourstardaveUSAGot Stormy
8/15/21Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le MaroisFrancePalace Pier
9/18/21Woodbine MileUSATown Cruise
10/9/21Keeneland Turf Mile StakesUSAIn Love (BRZ)

Breeders’ Cup Sprint Prep Races

7/4/21John A. Nerud StakesUSAMind Control
7/31/21Bing Crosby StakesUSADr. Schivel
10/2/21Santa Anita Sprint ChampionshipUSADr. Schivel
10/8/21Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix StakesUSASpecial Reserve
10/9/21Vosburgh StakesUSAFollowing Sea

Breeders’ Cup Turf Prep Races

12/19/20Gran Premio International Carlos PellegriniArgentinaCool Day (ARG)
6/16/21Prince of Wales's StakesUKLove (IRE)
6/27/21Takarazuka KinenJapanChrono Genesis (JPN)
7/24/21King George VI & Queen Elizabeth StakesUKAdayar
8/21/21Del Mar HandicapUSAAstronaut
8/28/21The Sword DancerUSAGufo
9/4/21Flower BowlUSAWar Like Goddess
9/11/21Kentucky Turf Cup StakesUSAImperador (ARG)
9/11/21Irish Champion StakesIRESt Mark's Basilica (FR)
9/18/21Jockey Club Derby Invitational USAYibir (GB)
10/3/21Qatar Prix de L'Arc de TriompheFranceTorquator Tasso

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Prep Races

6/5/21The Jackpocket Jaipur StakesUSACasa Creed
6/19/21Diamond Jubilee StakesUKDream Of Dreams (IRE)
8/20/21Coolmore Nunthorpe StakesUKWinter Power
9/11/21Turf Sprint StakesUSAGear Jockey
9/12/21Derrinstown Stud Flying Five StakesIrelandRomantic Proposal (IRE)
10/3/21Prix de L'Abbaye de Longchamp LonginesFranceA Case of You (IRE)