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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

Track Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area
TOK February S. I 1 Mile 4 YO & UP   Classic Japan
CD  Stephen Foster H. I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic Kentucky
Mth  Haskell Invitational I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO   Classic New Jersey
Sar  Whitney I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic New York
Gha Juddmonte International Stakes I 1 1/4 mile 3 YO & UP Classic England
Dmr Pacific Classic I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic California
Pim Preakness Stakes I 1 3/16 Miles 3 YO & UP Classic Maryland
Bel  Jockey Club Gold Cup ILongines Distaff 3 YO & UP   Classic New York
SA Awesome Again Stakes I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic California

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Prep Races

Track Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area
Bel  Runhappy Metropolitan H. I 1 Mile 3 YO & UP   Dirt Mile New York
Dmr Pat O’Brien S. II 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Dirt Mile California

Breeders’ Cup Distaff Prep Races

Track Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area
Bel  Ogden Phipps I 1 1/16 Miles 4 YO & UP F & M Distaff New York
CD  Fleur de Lis H. II 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff Kentucky
Dmr Clement L. Hirsch Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff California
Sar  Personal Ensign I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff New York
Sar Alabama Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff New York
SA Zenyatta Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff California
Kee Juddmonte Spinster Stakes I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff Kentucky

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Prep Races

Track Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area
GP Princess Rooney H. II 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Sprint Florida
Sar  Ketel One Ballerina I 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Sprint New York
Kee Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes II 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Sprint Kentucky

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Prep Races

Track Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area
KEN Cartier Paddock S. I 1 1/8 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf South Africa
Vic Victoria Mile I 1 Mile (T) 4 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Japan
YOR Darley Yorkshire Oaks I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf United Kingdom
LEO Coolmore America “Justify” Matron S. I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Ireland
SA Rodeo Drive Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf California
Bel  Flower Bowl Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf New York
Kee First Lady S. I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Kentucky
Lch Prix de l’Opera Longines I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf France

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Prep Races

Track Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area
CD  Iroquois S. III 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO   Juvenile Kentucky
SA American Pharoah Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO   Juvenile California
Bel  Champagne Stakes I 1 Mile 2 YO   Juvenile New York
Kee Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO   Juvenile Kentucky

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Prep Races

Track Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area
CD  Pocahontas S. II 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Kentucky
SA Chandelier Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies California
Kee Darley Alcibiades Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Kentucky
Bel  Frizette Stakes I 1 Mile 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies New York

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Prep Races

Track Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area
CUR Moyglare Stud Stakes I 7 Furlongs (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf Ireland
WO  Natalma Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf Ontario
NEW Shadwell Rockfel II 7 Furlongs (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf United Kingdom
Lch Total Prix Marcel Boussac I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf France
Kee JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes II 1 1/16 Miles (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf Kentucky

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Prep Races

Track Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area
LEO KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes II 1 Mile (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Ireland
WO  Summer Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Ontario
NEW Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes II 1 Mile (T) 2 YO C & G Juvenile Turf United Kingdom
Kee Dixiana Bourbon S. III 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Kentucky
Lch Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf France

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Prep Races

Track Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area
ASC Norfolk S. II 5 Furlongs (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Sprint United Kingdom
Dea Darley Prix Morny I 6 Furlongs (T) 2 YO Juvenile Turf Sprint France
SA Speak Easy S.   5 Furlongs (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Sprint California
Bel  The Futurity L 6 Furlongs (T) 2 YO C & G Juvenile Turf Sprint New York
Kee Indian Summer Stakes   5 1/2 Furlongs (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Sprint Kentucky

Breeders’ Cup Mile Prep Races

Track Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area
KEN L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile South Africa
SA Shoemaker Mile I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile California
TOK Yasuda Kinen I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile Japan
ASC Queen Anne S. I 1 Mile (T) 4 YO & UP   Mile United Kingdom
GOO Qatar Sussex Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile United Kingdom
Dea Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le Buffard – Jacques Le Marois I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile France
Sar Fourstardave Handicap I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Mile New York
WO  Ricoh Woodbine Mile I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile Ontario
Kee Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile Kentucky

Breeders’ Cup Sprint Prep Races

Track Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area
Bel  Runhappy Carter Handicap I 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint New York
Dmr Bing Crosby S. I 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint California
Bel  The Vosburgh I 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint New York
Kee Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes II 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint Kentucky
SA Santa Anita Sprint Championship I 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint California

Breeders’ Cup Turf Prep Races

Track Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area
SIS Gran Premio International Carlos Pellegrini Stakes I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Argentina
GVA Grande Premio Brasil I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 4 YO & UP   Turf Brazil
ASC Prince of Wales’s S. I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 4 YO & UP   Turf United Kingdom
HSN Takarazuka Kinen I 1 3/8 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Japan
Dmr Del Mar H. Presented By The Japan Racing Association II 1 3/8 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf California
Sar  Sword Dancer I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf New York
LEO QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Ireland
Bel Belmont Derby I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf New York
LchPrix de l’Arc de Triomphe I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Turf France

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Prep Races

Track Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area
Bel  Jaipur Invitational II 6 Furlongs (T) 4 YO & UP   Turf Sprint New York
ASC Diamond Jubilee S. I 6 Furlongs (T) 4 YO & UP   Turf Sprint United Kingdom
KD Runhappy Turf Sprint I 6 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Sprint Kentucky
YOR Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes I 5 Furlongs (T) 2 YO & UP   Turf Sprint United Kingdom
CUR Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes I 5 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Sprint Ireland
Lch Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp I 5 Furlongs (T) 2 YO & UP   Turf Sprint France

Breeders’ Cup Turf Prep Races

Track Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area
ASCKing George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes I 1 1/2 miles  3 YO & UP   Turf England

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