Breeders Cup Challenge Series

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The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is a series of national and international stakes races that allow a horse to qualify for a Breeder Cup entry. It is as simple as winning, and they’re in, meaning the horses receive an automatic free entry and fees paid into the Breeders’ Cup World Championship, which is scheduled to be held this year on November 3rd & 4th at Santa Anita Park.

The Challenge Series, now in its 16th year, will be hosted at many of the world’s premier racetracks in Argentina, Canada, Chile, England, France, Ireland, Japan, Peru, South Africa, and the United States.

Each Breeders’ Cup race presents four trophies to the connections of the winner and a garland of flowers draped over the withers of the winning horse. Many Breeders’ Cup winners will go on to win the Eclipse Award in their respective divisions.

A maximum of 14 starters are allowed in each of the Breeders’ Cup Championships races (depending on track dimensions, some races such as the Turf Sprint or Dirt Mile may be limited to 12 starters). Breeders’ Cup Limited has adopted a field selection system to select runners in the event fields are oversubscribed. Winners of the “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races automatically qualify.

Other pre-entries are ranked by a point system for graded stakes performance during the year and the judgment of a panel of racing experts. After pre-entries are taken approximately two weeks before the Breeders’ Cup, the ranking determines eligibility in oversubscribed races. After pre-entry, any vacancies in the fields are filled by horses in order of panel preference.

Check all the details about the BC Challenge series, races, winners, tracks, and more!

Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Races

U.S and InternationalTrackDateRace NameBreeders’ Cup DivisionWinnerVideo
ARGSan IsidroDec 11, 2022Gran Premio Carlos PellegriniLongines TurfThe PunisherBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Cape TownKenilworthJan-7thL’ Ormarins Queen’s PlateFan Duel MileAl MuthanaBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Cape TownKenilworthJan-7thCartier Paddock StakesMaker’s Mark F&M TurfMake It Snappy (SAF)Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
JRATokyo20-FebFebruary StakesLongines ClassicLemon PopBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
ArgentinaPalermo01-MayGran Premio CriadoresLongines DistaffBelleza de ArteagaBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
JRATokyo14- MayVictoria MileMaker’s Mark F&M TurfSonglineBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
ChileClub Hipico29- MayGran Premio Club Hipico FalabellaFanDuel Mile
USASanta Anita29-MayShoemaker MileFanDuel Mile
JRATokyo4-JuneYasuda KinenFanDuel Mile
USABelmont Park10-JuneHill ‘N’ Dale MetropolitanFanDuel Mile
USABelmont Park10-JuneJaipurTurf Sprint
USABelmont Park10-JuneOgden PhippsLongines Distaff
BrasilHipódromo da Gávea18-JuneGrande Premio BrasilLongines Turf
UKAscot20-JuneKing’s Stand S.Turf Sprint
UKAscot20-JuneQueen Anne StakesFanDuel Mile
UKAscot21-JunePrince of Wales’s StakesLongines Turf
UKAscot22-JuneNorfolk StakesJuvenile Turf Sprint
JRAHanshin Racecourse25-JuneTakarazuka KinenLongines Turf
PeruHipodromo de Gávea28-JuneGran Premio PamplonaMaker’s Mark F&M Turf
USAChurchill Downs1-JulyStephen Foster StakesLongines Classic
USAMonmouth HaskellLongines Classic
USADel Mar29-JulyBing Crosby StakesQatar Racing Sprint
UKAscot29-JulyKing George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO StakesLongines Turf
UKGoodwood2-AugQatar Sussex StakesFanDuel Mile
USADel Mar5-AugClement L. Hirsch StakesLongines Distaff
USASaratoga5-AugThe WhitneyLongines Classic
USASaratoga12-AugThe FourstardaveFanDuel Mile
USAColonial Downs12-AugBeverly D. StakesMaker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf
FranceFrance Galop13-AugPrix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le MaroisFanDuel Mile
FranceFrance Galop21-AugDarley Prix MornyJuvenile Turf Sprint
UKYork23-AugJuddmonte International StakesLongines Classic
UKYork24-AugDarley Yorkshire OaksMaker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf
UKYork25-AugCoolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe StakesTurf Sprint
USADel Mar26-AugPat O’Brien StakesDirt Mile
USASaratoga26-AugThe Resorts World Casino Sword DancerLongines Turf
USASaratoga26-AugThe BallerinaFilly & Mare Sprint
USADel Mar2-SepFanduel Racing Pacific ClassicLongines Classic
USASaratoga2-SepThe Flower BowlMaker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf
USASaratoga2-SepJockey Club Gold CupLongines Classic
USADel Mar2-SepGreen Flash H.Turf Sprint
USADel Mar2-SepDel Mar HandicapLongines Turf
IrelandLeopardstown9-SepIrish Champion StakesLongines Turf
IrelandLeopardstown9-SepChampion Juvenile StakesJuvenile Turf
IrelandLeopardstown9-SepCoolmore America ‘Justify’ Matron StakesMaker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf
USAKentucky Downs9-SepCalumet Turf CupLongines Turf
USAKentucky Downs9-SepFanDuel Turf SprintTurf Sprint
IrelandCurragh10-SepMoyglare Stud StakesJuvenile Fillies Turf
IrelandCurragh10-SepFlying Five StakesTurf Sprint
CanadaWoodbine16-SepNatalma StakesJuvenile Fillies Turf
CanadaWoodbine16-SepPattison Summer StakesJuvenile Turf
CanadaWoodbine16-SepRicoh Woodbine MileFanDuel Mile
UKNewmarket29-SepRockfel StakesJuvenile Fillies Turf
USAAqueduct30-SepThe VosburghQatar Racing Sprint
USAChurchill Downs30-SepAck Ack StakesDirt Mile
USAGulfstream Parl30-SepPrincess Rooney InvitationalPNC Bank Filly & Mare Sprint
USASanta Anita30-SepAwesome Again StakesLongines Classic
UKNewmarket30-SepJuddmonte Royal Lodge StakesJuvenile Turf
USABelmont Park1-OctMiss Grillo StakesJuvenile Fillies Turf
USABelmont Park1-OctThe Pilgrim StakesJuvenile Turf
FranceFrance Galop1-OctQatar Prix Jean-Luc LagardereJuvenile Turf
FranceFrance Galop1-OctPrix de L’Abbaye de Longchamp LonginesTurf Sprint
FranceFrance Galop1-OctQatar Prix de L’Arc de TriompheLongines Turf
FranceFrance Galop1-OctPrix de L’Opera LonginesMaker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf
FranceFrance Galop1-OctQatar Prix Marcel BoussacJuvenile Fillies Turf
USAKeeneland6-OctDarley Alcibiades StakesJuvenile Fillies
USAKeeneland6-OctStoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix StakesQatar Racing Sprint
USAKeeneland6-OctJessamine StakesJuvenile Fillies Turf
USAAqueduct7-OctThe FrizetteJuvenile Fillies
USASanta Anita7-OctRodeo Drive StakesMaker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf
USASanta Anita7-OctChandelier StakesJuvenile Fillies
USASanta Anita7-OctAmerican Pharoah StakesTVG Juvenile
USAKeeneland7-OctClaiborne Breeders’ FuturityTVG Juvenile
USAKeeneland7-OctCoolmore Turf MileFanDuel Mile
USAKeeneland7-OctThoroughbred Club of AmericaFilly & Mare Sprint
USAAqueduct7-OctThe ChampagneFanDuel Juvenile
USABelmont Park8-OctThe Futurity StakesJuvenile Turf Sprint
USAKeeneland8-OctCastle & Key Bourbon StakesJuvenile Turf
USAKeeneland8-OctJuddmonte Spinster StakesLongines Distaff
UKAscot21-OctQIPCO Champion StakesLongines Turf
UKAscot21-OctQueen Elizabeth II StakesFanDuel Mile

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