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2018 Breeders' Cup Prep Races

September and October heats up as the final round of 2018 Breeders’ Cup prep races take place all over the world, but the two biggest weekends on the schedule actually come at the beginning of October.

That’s when Belmont Park, Santa Anita Park and Keeneland will host their final major preps for the championship event. Woodbine will have a say in it too, as the Woodbine Mile in mid-September drawing top turf talent that should propel the winners into fine form for the Breeders' Cup. These race meets also help sustain the betting appetite through fall race season, which the Breeders' Cup remains the capstone for fall, and year end, betting competition.

October 1 will be circled on many contenders’ calendars as Belmont Park hosts the Vosburgh Invitational, Flower Bowl Invitational and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational.

Santa Anita won’t be outdone and runs the Awesome Again Stakes, Zenyatta Stakes, Rodeo Drive Stakes, American Pharoah S. (formerly the FrontRunner Stakes) and Chandelier Stakes on the same day.

One week later Keeneland kicks off its autumn meet with the traditional Fallstars Weekend to showcase some of the talent expected in the Breeders’ Cup. The Shadwell Turf Mile, Spinster Stakes, Breeders’ Futurity, Alcibiades Stakes, Phoenix Stakes, Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes and Bourbon Stakes take place over that weekend at the central Kentucky track.

Belmont Park also returns October 8 with the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational, Champagne Stakes and Frizette Stakes, while out in California the Santa Anita Sprint Championship is scheduled.

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
Dmr Pacific Classic I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic California
Bel  Jockey Club Gold Cup I 1 1/4 Miles 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
Sar  Forego I 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Dirt Mile New York

Breeders' Cup Distaff Prep Races

Track Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area
Pal Gran Premio Criadores I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff Argentina
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
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
RAN The Coolmore Legacy Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Australia
MON Gran Premio Pamplona I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Peru
AP  Beverly D. Stakes I 1 3/16 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Illinois
YOR Darley Yorkshire Oaks I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf United Kingdom
LEO Coolmore Fastnet Rock 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
Sar  Spinaway I 7 Furlongs 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies New York
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
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
RAN The Star Doncaster Mile I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile Australia
CHS Gran Premio Club Hípico Falabella Breeders’ Cup I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile Chile
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
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  Belmont Sprint Championship II 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 25 de Mayo 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
ASC King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf United Kingdom
AP  Arlington Million I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Illinois
Dmr Del Mar H. Presented By The Japan Racing Association II 1 3/8 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf California
YOR Juddmonte International S. I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf United Kingdom
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  Joe Hirsch Turf Classic I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf New York

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
WO  Highlander Stakes I 6 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Sprint Ontario
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
NKR Sprinters S. I 6 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Sprint Japan

 


A full list of 2017 Breeders' Cup Win and You're In prep races:

January        
Date Race Name Track Division Winner
7-Jan Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes Kenilworth Filly & Mare Turf Legal Eagle (SAF)
7-Jan L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Kenilworth Mile Bela-Bela (SAF)
February        
Date Race Name Track Division Winner
19-Feb February Stakes Tokyo Racecourse Classic Gold Dream (JPN)
April        
Date Race Name Track Division Winner
1-Apr The Star Doncaster Mile Randwick Mile It's Somewhat
1-Apr Darley T. J. Smith Stakes Randwick Turf Sprint Chautauqua (AUS)
8-Apr Coolmore Legacy Queen of the Turf Stakes Randwick Filly & Mare Turf Foxplay (AUS)
May        
Date Race Name Track Division Winner
1-May Gran Premio Criadores Palermo Longines Distaff Kiriaki (ARG)
25-May Gran Premio 25 de Mayo San Isidro Longines Turf Ordak Dan (ARG)
28-May Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella Club Hípico de Santiago Mile Top Casablanca (CHI)
June        
Date Race Name Track Division Winner
3-Jun Shoemaker Mile Santa Anita Park Mile Bal a Bali (BRZ)
4-Jun Yasuda Kinen Tokyo Racecourse Mile Satono Aladdin (JPN)
10-Jun Ogden Phipps Stakes Belmont Park Longines Distaff Songbird
10-Jun Metropolitan Handicap Belmont Park Las Vegas Dirt Mile Mor Spirit
11-Jun Gran Premio Brasil Hipódromo da Gávea Longines Turf Voador Magee (BRZ)
17-Jun Stephen Foster H. Churchill Downs Classic Gun Runner
17-Jun Fleur de Lis Handicap Churchill Downs Longines Distaff Forever Unbridled
25-Jun Gran Premio Pamplona Hipódromo de Monterrico Filly & Mare Turf Satono Crown (JPN)
25-Jun Takarazuka Kinen Hanshin Racecourse Longines Turf Birdie Gold
July        
Date Race Name Track Division Winner
1-Jul Princess Rooney Handicap Gulfstream Park Filly & Mare Sprint Curlin's Approval
1-Jul Smile Sprint Handicap Gulfstream Park TwinSpires Sprint Imperial Hint
2-Jul Highlander Stakes Woodbine Racetrack Turf Sprint Green Mask
8-Jul Belmont Sprint Championship Belmont Park TwinSpires Sprint Mind Your Biscuits
29-Jul Bing Crosby Stakes Del Mar TwinSpires Sprint Ransom the Moon
29-Jul King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO Ascot Longines Turf Enable (GB)
30-Jul Haskell Invitational Monmouth Park Classic Girvin
30-Jul Clement L. Hirsch Handicap Del Mar Longines Distaff Stellar Wind
August        
Date Race Name Track Division Winner
2-Aug Qatar Sussex Stakes Goodwood Mile Here Comes When (IRE)
5-Aug The Whitney Saratoga Classic Gun Runner
12-Aug Beverly D. Stakes Arlington Park Filly & Mare Turf Dacita (CHI)
12-Aug Arlington Million Arlington Park Longines Turf Beach Patrol
19-Aug Del Mar Handicap Presented by the Japan Racing Association Del Mar Longines Turf Al Wukair (IRE)
19-Aug TVG Pacific Classic Del Mar Classic Collected
20-Aug Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le Marois Deauville Mile Hunt (IRE)
23-Aug Juddmonte International Stakes York Longines Turf Ulysses (IRE)
24-Aug Darley Yorkshire Oaks York Filly & Mare Turf Enable (GB)
25-Aug Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes York Turf Sprint Marsha (IRE)
26-Aug Personal Ensign H. Saratoga Longines Distaff Forever Unbridled
26-Aug Ballerina Stakes Saratoga Filly & Mare Sprint By the Moon
26-Aug Priority One Jets Forego Stakes Saratoga Las Vegas Dirt Mile Drefong
26-Aug Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes Saratoga Longines Turf Sadler's Joy
26-Aug Pat O'Brien Stakes Del Mar Las Vegas Dirt Mile Giant Expectations
September        
Date Race Name Track Division Winner
2-Sep T. Von Zastrow Stutenpreis Baden Baden Filly & Mare Turf Ashiana (GER)
2-Sep Spinaway Stakes Saratoga 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies Lady Ivanka
3-Sep Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden Baden Baden Longines Turf Guignol (GER)
9-Sep Willis Towers Watson Champions Juvenile Stakes Leopardstown Juvenile Turf Nelson (IRE)
9-Sep The Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes Leopardstown Filly & Mare Turf Hydrangea (IRE)
9-Sep QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes Leopardstown Longines Turf Decorated Knight (GB)
10-Sep Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes Curragh Racecourse Turf Sprint Caravaggio
10-Sep Moyglare Stud Stakes Curragh Racecourse Juvenile Fillies Turf Happily (IRE)
16-Sep Iroquois Stakes Churchill Downs Sentient Jet Juvenile The Tabulator
16-Sep Ricoh Woodbine Mile Woodbine Mile Patrona Margarita
16-Sep Pocahontas Stakes Churchill Downs 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies World Approval
17-Sep Natalma Stakes Woodbine Juvenile Fillies Turf Capla Temptress (IRE)
17-Sep Summer Stakes Woodbine Juvenile Turf Untamed Domain
29-Sep Shadwell Rockfel Newmarket Juvenile Fillies Turf Juliet Capulet (IRE)
30-Sep Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes Newmarket Juvenile Turf Roaring Lion
30-Sep Vosburgh Invitational Stakes Belmont Park TwinSpires Sprint Takaful
30-Sep FrontRunner Stakes Santa Anita Park Sentient Jet Juvenile Bolt d'Oro
30-Sep Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Belmont Park Longines Turf Beach Patrol
30-Sep Zenyatta Stakes Santa Anita Park Longines Distaff Paradise Woods
30-Sep Chandelier Stakes Santa Anita Park 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies Moonshine Memories
30-Sep Rodeo Drive Stakes Santa Anita Park Filly & Mare Turf Avenge
30-Sep Awesome Again Stakes Santa Anita Park Classic Mubtaahij (IRE)
October        
Date Race Name Track Division Winner
1-Oct Sprinters Stakes Nakayama Turf Sprint Red Falx (JPN)
1-Oct Total Prix Marcel Boussac Chantilly Juvenile Fillies Turf Wild Illusion (GB)
1-Oct Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Chantilly Juvenile Turf Happily (IRE)
1-Oct Longines Prix de L'Opera Chantilly Filly & Mare Turf Rhododendron (IRE)
6-Oct Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes Keeneland TwinSpires Sprint Whitmore
6-Oct Darley Alcibiades Stakes Keeneland 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies

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7-Oct First Lady Stakes Keeneland Filly & Mare Turf Zipessa
7-Oct Frizette Stakes Belmont Park 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies Separationofpowers
7-Oct Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational Belmont Park Classic Diversify
7-Oct Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes Keeneland Filly & Mare Sprint Finley'sluckycharm
7-Oct Claiborne Breeders' Futurity Keeneland Sentient Jet Juvenile Free Drop Billy
7-Oct Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes Keeneland Mile Suedois (FR)
7-Oct Santa Anita Sprint Championship Santa Anita Park TwinSpires Sprint Roy H
8-Oct Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes Belmont Park Filly & Mare Turf War Flag
8-Oct Foxwoods Champagne Stakes Belmont Park Sentient Jet Juvenile Firenze Fire
8-Oct Dixiana Bourbon Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Turf Flameaway
8-Oct Juddmonte Spinster Stakes Keeneland Longines Distaff Romantic Vision
11-Oct JP Morgan Chase Jessamine Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Fillies Turf Rushing Fall