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 win, 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 Nov. 4-5 at Keeneland Racecourse.

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 division.

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 Isidro11- Dec 2021Gran Premio Carlos PellegriniLongines TurfVillage KingBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Cape TownKenilworth08-JanL’ Ormarins Queen’s PlateFan Duel MileJet DarkBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Cape TownKenilworth08-JanCartier Paddock StakesMaker’s Mark F&M TurfCaptain’s RansomBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
JRATokyo20-FebFebruary StakesLongines ClassicCafe PhraroahBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
ArgentinaPalermo01-MayGran Premio CriadoresLongines DistaffLa ValidadaBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
JRATokyo15- MayVictoria MileMaker’s Mark F&M TurfSodashiBreeders Cup races Videos
ChileClub Hipico29- MayGran Premio Club Hipico FalabellaFanDuel MileViejos TiemposHorse Racing Videos
USASanta Anita30-MayShoemaker MileFanDuel MileCount AgainBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
JRATokyo5-JuneYasuda KinenFanDuel MileSonglineBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USABelmont Park11-JuneHill ‘N’ Dale MetropolitanFanDuel MileFlightlineBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USABelmont Park11-JuneJaipurTurf SprintCasa CreedBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USABelmont Park11-JUneOgden PhippsLongines DistaffClairiereBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UKAscot14-JuneKing’s Stand S.Turf SprintNature StripBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UKAscot14-JuneQueen Anne StakesFanDuel MileBaaeedBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UKAscot15-JunePrince of Wales’s StakesLongines TurfState of RestBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UKAscot16-JuneNorfolk StakesJuvenile Turf SprintThe RidlerBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
PeruHipodromo de Monterrico26-JuneGran Premio PamplonaMaker’s Mark F&M TurfOla PerfectaBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
JRAHashin26-JuneTakarazuka KinenLongines TurfTitleholderBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
BrasilHipódromo da Gávea26-JuneGrande Premio BrasilLongines TurfNautilusBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USAGulfstream Park2-JulyPrincess Rooney InvitationalFilly & Mare SprintCe CeBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USAChurchill Downs2-JulyStephen Foster StakesLongines ClassicOlympiadBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UKAscot23-JulyKing George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO StakesLongines TurfPyledriverBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USAMonmouth Haskell StakesLongines ClassicCyberknifeBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UKGoodwood27-JulyQatar Sussex StakesFanDuel MileBaaeedBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USADel Mar30-JulyBing Crosby StakesQatar Racing SprintAmerican TheoremBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USADel Mar6-AugClement L. Hirsch StakesLongines DistaffBlue StripeBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USASaratoga6-AugThe WhitneyLongines ClassicLife Is GoodBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USASaratoga13-AugThe FourstardaveFanDuel MileCasa CreedBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USAChurchill Downs13-AugBeverly D. StakesMaker’s Mark Filly & Mare TurfDalikaBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
FranceFrance Galop14-AugPrix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le MaroisFanDuel MileInspiralBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UKYork17-AugJuddmonte International StakesLongines ClassicBaaeedBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UKYork18-AugDarley Yorkshire OaksMaker’s Mark Filly & Mare TurfAlpinistaBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UKYork19-AugCoolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe StakesTurf SprintHighfield PrincessBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
FranceFrance Galop21-AugDarley Prix MornyJuvenile Turf SprintBlackbeardBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USADel Mar27-AugPat O’Brien StakesDirt MileLaurel RiverBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USASaratoga27-AugThe Resorts World Casino Sword DancerLongines TurfGufoBreeders Cup Challenge Series Horse Race Videos
USASaratoga28-AugThe BallerinaFilly & Mare SprintGoodnight OliveBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USADel Mar3-SepDel Mar HandicapLongines TurfGold Phoenix Horse Race Video
USADel Mar3-SepTVG Pacific ClassicLongines ClassicFlightlineHorse Race Video
USASaratoga3-SepThe Flower BowlMaker’s Mark Filly & Mare TurfVirginia Joy Horse Race Video
USASaratoga3-SepJockey Club Gold CupLongines ClassicOlympiadHorse Race Video
USADel Mar4-SepGreen Flash H.Turf SprintLieutenant Dan Horse Race Video
IrelandLeopardstown10-SepIrish Champion StakesLongines TurfLuxembourgHorse Race Video
IrelandLeopardstown10-SepChampion Juvenile StakesJuvenile TurfAuguste RodinHorse Race Video
IrelandLeopardstown10-SepCoolmore America ‘Justify’ Matron StakesMaker’s Mark Filly & Mare TurfPearls GaloreHorse Race Video
USAKentucky Downs10-SepCalumet Turf CupLongines TurfRed KnightHorse Race Video
USAKentucky Downs10-SepFanDuel Turf SprintTurf SprintBranHorse Race Video
IrelandCurragh11-SepMoyglare Stud StakesJuvenile Fillies TurfTahiyraHorse Race Video
IrelandCurragh11-SepFlying Five StakesTurf SprintHighfield PrincessHorse Race Video
CanadaWoodbine17-SepNatalma StakesJuvenile Fillies TurfLast CallHorse Race Video
CanadaWoodbine17-SepPattison Summer StakesJuvenile TurfMysterious NightHorse Race Video
CanadaWoodbine17-SepRicoh Woodbine MileFanDuel MileModern GamesHorse Race Video
UKNewmarket23-SepRockfel StakesJuvenile Fillies TurfCommissioningHorse Race Video
UKNewmarket24-SepJuddmonte Royal Lodge StakesJuvenile TurfThe FoxesHorse Race Video
USAChurchill Downs1-OctAck Ack H.Dirt MileSenor BuscadorHorse Race Video
USASanta Anita1-OctAwesome Again StakesLongines ClassicDefundedAwesome Again Stakes Horse Race Video
USABelmont Park1-OctThe ChampagneTVG JuvenileBlazing SevensBlazing Sevens Horse Race Video
USABelmont Park1-OctMiss Grillo StakesJuvenile Fillies TurfPleasant PassageMiss Grillo Stakes Horse Race Video
USABelmont Park1-OctThe Frizette StakesJuvenile FilliesChocolate GelatoThe Frizette Stakes Horse Race Video
USABelmont Park2-OctThe Pilgrim StakesJuvenile TurfMajor DudeMajor Dude Horse Race Video
USASanta Anita2-OctSpeakeasy StakesJuvenile Turf SprintSpeed Boat BeachSpeakeasy Stakes Horse Race Videos
FranceFrance Galop2-OctQatar Prix Jean-Luc LagardereJuvenile TurfBelbekBelbek Horse Race Video
FranceFrance Galop2-OctPrix de L’Abbaye de Longchamp LonginesTurf SprintThe Platinum QueenThe Platinum Queen Horse Race Video
FranceFrance Galop2-OctQatar Prix de L’Arc de TriompheLongines TurfAlpinistaAlpinista Horse Race Video
FranceFrance Galop2-OctPrix de L’Opera LonginesMaker’s Mark Filly & Mare TurfPlace du CarrouselPrix de LOpera Longines Horse Race Video
FranceFrance Galop2-OctQatar Prix Marcel BoussacJuvenile Fillies TurfBlue Rose CenQatar Prix Marcel Boussac Horse Race Video
USAKeeneland7-OctDarley Alcibiades StakesJuvenile FilliesWonder WheelWonder Wheel Horse Race Video
USAKeeneland7-OctStoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix StakesQatar Racing SprintManny WahManny Wah Horse Race Video
USAKeeneland7-OctJessamine StakesJuvenile Fillies TurfDelightJessamine Stakes Horse Race Video
USABelmont Park8-OctThe Vosburgh StakesQatar Racing SprintElite PowerQatar Racing Sprint Horse Race Video
USASanta Anita8-OctRodeo Drive StakesMaker’s Mark Filly & Mare TurfGoing to VegasRodeo Drive Stakes Horse Race Video
USASanta Anita8-OctChandelier StakesJuvenile FilliesAnd Tell me NoliesAnd Tell me Nolies horse race video
USASanta Anita8-OctAmerican Pharoah StakesTVG JuvenileCave RockAmerican Pharoah Stakes Race Video
USAKeeneland8-OctClaiborne Breeders’ FuturityTVG JuvenileForteClaiborne Breeders Futurity Race Video
USAKeeneland8-OctCoolmore Turf MileFanDuel MileAnnapolisFanDuel Mile Race Video
USAKeeneland8-OctThoroughbred Club of AmericaFilly & Mare SprintSlammedFilly & Mare Sprint Race Video
USABelmont Park9-OctThe Futurity StakesJuvenile Turf SprintNagirrocNagirroc Horse Race Video
USAKeeneland9-OctIndian Summer StakesJuvenile Turf SprintPrivate CreedPrivate Creed Horse Race Video
USAKeeneland9-OctCastle & Key Bourbon StakesJuvenile TurfAndthewinnerisAndthewinneris Horse Video
USAKeeneland9-OctJuddmonte Spinster StakesLongines DistaffMalathaatMalathaat Horse Race Video
UKAscot15-OctQIPCO Champion StakesLongines TurfBay BridgeMalathaat Horse Race Video
UKAscot15-OctQueen Elizabeth II StakesFanDuel MileBayside BoyMalathaat Horse Race Video

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