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2020 Breeders’ Cup Prep Races

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September and October heat up as the final rounds of 2019 Breeders’ Cup prep 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

TrackRaceGradeDistanceAgeSexDivisionArea
TOKFebruary S.I1 Mile4 YO & UP ClassicJapan
CD Stephen Foster H.I1 1/8 Miles3 YO & UP ClassicKentucky
Mth Haskell InvitationalI1 1/8 Miles3 YO ClassicNew Jersey
Sar WhitneyI1 1/8 Miles3 YO & UP ClassicNew York
GhaJuddmonte International StakesI1 1/4 mile3 YO & UP ClassicEngland
DmrPacific ClassicI1 1/4 Miles3 YO & UP ClassicCalifornia
PimPreakness StakesI1 3/16 Miles3 YO & UP ClassicMaryland
Bel Jockey Club Gold CupILongines Distaff3 YO & UP ClassicNew York
SAAwesome Again StakesI1 1/8 Miles3 YO & UP ClassicCalifornia

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Prep Races

TrackRaceGradeDistanceAgeSexDivisionArea
Bel Runhappy Metropolitan H.I1 Mile3 YO & UP Dirt MileNew York
DmrPat O’Brien S.II7 Furlongs3 YO & UP Dirt MileCalifornia

Breeders’ Cup Distaff Prep Races

TrackRaceGradeDistanceAgeSexDivisionArea
Bel Ogden PhippsI1 1/16 Miles4 YO & UPF & MDistaffNew York
CD Fleur de Lis H.II1 1/8 Miles3 YO & UPF & MDistaffKentucky
DmrClement L. Hirsch StakesI1 1/16 Miles3 YO & UPF & MDistaffCalifornia
Sar Personal EnsignI1 1/8 Miles3 YO & UPF & MDistaffNew York
SarAlabama StakesI1 1/4 Miles3 YO & UPF & MDistaffNew York
SAZenyatta StakesI1 1/16 Miles3 YO & UPF & MDistaffCalifornia
KeeJuddmonte Spinster StakesI1 1/8 Miles3 YO & UPF & MDistaffKentucky

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Prep Races

TrackRaceGradeDistanceAgeSexDivisionArea
GPPrincess Rooney H.II7 Furlongs3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare SprintFlorida
Sar Ketel One BallerinaI7 Furlongs3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare SprintNew York
KeeThoroughbred Club of America StakesII6 Furlongs3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare SprintKentucky

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Prep Races

TrackRaceGradeDistanceAgeSexDivisionArea
KENCartier Paddock S.I1 1/8 Miles (T)3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare TurfSouth Africa
VicVictoria MileI1 Mile (T)4 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare TurfJapan
YORDarley Yorkshire OaksI1 1/2 Miles (T)3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare TurfUnited Kingdom
LEOCoolmore America “Justify” Matron S.I1 Mile (T)3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare TurfIreland
SARodeo Drive StakesI1 1/4 Miles (T)3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare TurfCalifornia
Bel Flower Bowl StakesI1 1/4 Miles (T)3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare TurfNew York
KeeFirst Lady S.I1 Mile (T)3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare TurfKentucky
LchPrix de l’Opera LonginesI1 1/4 Miles (T)3 YO & UPF & MFilly & Mare TurfFrance

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Prep Races

TrackRaceGradeDistanceAgeSexDivisionArea
CD Iroquois S.III1 1/16 Miles2 YO JuvenileKentucky
SAAmerican Pharoah StakesI1 1/16 Miles2 YO JuvenileCalifornia
Bel Champagne StakesI1 Mile2 YO JuvenileNew York
KeeClaiborne Breeders’ FuturityI1 1/16 Miles2 YO JuvenileKentucky

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Prep Races

TrackRaceGradeDistanceAgeSexDivisionArea
CD Pocahontas S.II1 1/16 Miles2 YOFJuvenile FilliesKentucky
SAChandelier StakesI1 1/16 Miles2 YOFJuvenile FilliesCalifornia
KeeDarley Alcibiades StakesI1 1/16 Miles2 YOFJuvenile FilliesKentucky
Bel Frizette StakesI1 Mile2 YOFJuvenile FilliesNew York

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Prep Races

TrackRaceGradeDistanceAgeSexDivisionArea
CURMoyglare Stud StakesI7 Furlongs (T)2 YOFJuvenile Fillies TurfIreland
WO Natalma StakesI1 Mile (T)2 YOFJuvenile Fillies TurfOntario
NEWShadwell RockfelII7 Furlongs (T)2 YOFJuvenile Fillies TurfUnited Kingdom
LchTotal Prix Marcel BoussacI1 Mile (T)2 YOFJuvenile Fillies TurfFrance
KeeJPMorgan Chase Jessamine StakesII1 1/16 Miles (T)2 YOFJuvenile Fillies TurfKentucky

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Prep Races

TrackRaceGradeDistanceAgeSexDivisionArea
LEOKPMG Champions Juvenile StakesII1 Mile (T)2 YO Juvenile TurfIreland
WO Summer StakesI1 Mile (T)2 YO Juvenile TurfOntario
NEWJuddmonte Royal Lodge StakesII1 Mile (T)2 YOC & GJuvenile TurfUnited Kingdom
KeeDixiana Bourbon S.III1 1/16 Miles2 YO Juvenile TurfKentucky
LchQatar Prix Jean-Luc LagardereI1 Mile (T)2 YO Juvenile TurfFrance

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Prep Races

TrackRaceGradeDistanceAgeSexDivisionArea
ASCNorfolk S.II5 Furlongs (T)2 YO Juvenile Turf SprintUnited Kingdom
DeaDarley Prix MornyI6 Furlongs (T)2 YO Juvenile Turf SprintFrance
SASpeak Easy S. 5 Furlongs (T)2 YO Juvenile Turf SprintCalifornia
Bel The FuturityL6 Furlongs (T)2 YOC & GJuvenile Turf SprintNew York
KeeIndian Summer Stakes 5 1/2 Furlongs (T)2 YO Juvenile Turf SprintKentucky

Breeders’ Cup Mile Prep Races

TrackRaceGradeDistanceAgeSexDivisionArea
KENL’Ormarins Queen’s PlateI1 Mile (T)3 YO & UP MileSouth Africa
SAShoemaker MileI1 Mile (T)3 YO & UP MileCalifornia
TOKYasuda KinenI1 Mile (T)3 YO & UP MileJapan
ASCQueen Anne S.I1 Mile (T)4 YO & UP MileUnited Kingdom
GOOQatar Sussex StakesI1 Mile (T)3 YO & UP MileUnited Kingdom
DeaPrix du Haras de Fresnay-Le Buffard – Jacques Le MaroisI1 Mile (T)3 YO & UP MileFrance
SarFourstardave HandicapI1 Mile (T)3 YO & UP MileNew York
WO Ricoh Woodbine MileI1 Mile (T)3 YO & UP MileOntario
KeeShadwell Turf Mile StakesI1 Mile (T)3 YO & UP MileKentucky

Breeders’ Cup Sprint Prep Races

TrackRaceGradeDistanceAgeSexDivisionArea
Bel Runhappy Carter HandicapI7 Furlongs3 YO & UP SprintNew York
DmrBing Crosby S.I6 Furlongs3 YO & UP SprintCalifornia
Bel The VosburghI6 Furlongs3 YO & UP SprintNew York
KeeStoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix StakesII6 Furlongs3 YO & UP SprintKentucky
SASanta Anita Sprint ChampionshipI6 Furlongs3 YO & UP SprintCalifornia

Breeders’ Cup Turf Prep Races

TrackRaceGradeDistanceAgeSexDivisionArea
SISGran Premio International Carlos Pellegrini StakesI1 1/2 Miles (T)3 YO & UP TurfArgentina
GVAGrande Premio BrasilI1 1/2 Miles (T)4 YO & UP TurfBrazil
ASCPrince of Wales’s S.I1 1/4 Miles (T)4 YO & UP TurfUnited Kingdom
HSNTakarazuka KinenI1 3/8 Mile (T)3 YO & UP TurfJapan
DmrDel Mar H. Presented By The Japan Racing AssociationII1 3/8 Mile (T)3 YO & UP TurfCalifornia
Sar Sword DancerI1 1/2 Miles (T)3 YO & UP TurfNew York
LEOQIPCO Irish Champion StakesI1 1/4 Miles (T)3 YO & UP TurfIreland
Bel Belmont DerbyI1 1/4 Miles (T)3 YO & UP TurfNew York
LchPrix de l’Arc de TriompheI1 1/2 Miles (T)3 YO & UP TurfFrance

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Prep Races

TrackRaceGradeDistanceAgeSexDivisionArea
Bel Jaipur InvitationalII6 Furlongs (T)4 YO & UP Turf SprintNew York
ASCDiamond Jubilee S.I6 Furlongs (T)4 YO & UP Turf SprintUnited Kingdom
KDRunhappy Turf SprintI6 Furlongs (T)3 YO & UP Turf SprintKentucky
YORCoolmore Nunthorpe StakesI5 Furlongs (T)2 YO & UP Turf SprintUnited Kingdom
CURDerrinstown Stud Flying Five StakesI5 Furlongs (T)3 YO & UP Turf SprintIreland
LchPrix de l’Abbaye de LongchampI5 Furlongs (T)2 YO & UP Turf SprintFrance

Breeders’ Cup Turf Prep Races

TrackRaceGradeDistanceAgeSexDivisionArea
ASCKing George VI & Queen Elizabeth StakesI1 1/2 miles 3 YO & UP TurfEngland

Find all official Breeders’ Cup prep races by division here.