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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 USATBD
8/18/2021Juddmonte International StakesUKTBD
8/21/2021Pacific ClassicUSATBD
9/4/2021Jockey Club Gold CupUSATBD
10/2/2021Awesome Again StakesUSATBD

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Prep Races

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

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 EnsignUSATBD
10/3/21Zenyatta StakesUSATBD
10/10/21Juddmonte SpinsterUSATBD

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Prep Races

7/3/2021Princess RooneyUSACe Ce
8/28/2021The BallerinaUSATBD
10/9/2021Thoroughbred Club of AmericaUSATBD

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 PamplonaPeruTBD
8/19/21Darley Yorkshire OaksUKTBD
9/11/21Coolmore America 'Justify' Matron StakesIrelandTBD
10/2/21First Lady StakesUSATBD
10/2/21Rodeo Drive StakesUSATBD
10/3/21Prix de L'Opera LonginesFranceTBD

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Prep Races

9/18/21Iroquois StakesUSATBD
10/1/21American Pharoah StakesUSATBD
10/2/21The ChampagneUSATBD
10/9/21Claiborne Breeders' FuturityUSATBD

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Prep Races

9/19/21Pocohantas StakesUSATBD
10/1/21Chandelier StakesUSATBD
10/3/21Frizette StakesUSATBD
10/8/21Darley AlcibiadesUSATBD

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Prep Races

9/12/21Moyglare Stud StakesIrelandTBD
9/19/21Natalma StakesCanadaTBD
9/24/21Shadwell Rockfel StakesUKTBD
10/3/21Qatar Prix Marcel BoussacFranceTBD
10/13/21JPMorgan Chase JessamineUSATBD

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Prep Races

9/11/21KPMG Champions Juvenile StakesIrelandTBD
9/19/21Summer StakesCanadaTBD
9/25/21Juddmonte Royal Lodge StakesUKTBD
10/3/21Qatar Prix Jean-Luc LagardereFranceTBD
10/10/21Bourbon StakesUSATBD

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Prep Races

6/17/21Norfolk StakesUKPerfect Power (IRE)
8/22/21Darley Prix MornyFranceTBD
10/1/21Speakeasy StakesUSATBD
10/3/21Indian Summer StakesUSATBD
10/10/21The FuturityUSATBD

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 FourstardaveUSATBD
8/15/21Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le MaroisFranceTBD
9/18/21Woodbine MileUSATBD

Breeders’ Cup Sprint Prep Races

7/4/21John A. Nerud StakesUSAMind Control
7/31/21Bing Crosby StakesUSADr. Schivel
10/2/21Santa Anita Sprint ChampionshipUSATBD
10/8/21Stoll Keenon Ogden PhoenixUSATBD
10/9/21The VosburghUSATBD

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 HandicapUSATBD
8/28/21The Sword DancerUSATBD
9/4/21Flower BowlUSATBD
9/11/21Kentucky Turf Cup StakesUSATBD
9/11/21QIPCO Irish Champion StakesIRETBD
9/18/21Jockey Club Derby Invitational USATBD
10/3/21Qatar Prix de L'Arc de TriompheFranceTBD

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 StakesUKTBD
9/11/21Turf Sprint StakesUSATBD
9/12/21Derrinstown Stud Flying Five StakesIrelandTBD
10/3/21Prix de L'Abbaye de Longchamp LonginesFranceTBD