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.

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.

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Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Races

U.S and International Track Date Race Name Breeders’ Cup Division Winner Video
ARG San Isidro 11- Dec 2021 Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini Longines Turf Village King Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Cape Town Kenilworth 08-Jan L’ Ormarins Queen’s Plate Fan Duel Mile Jet Dark Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Cape Town Kenilworth 08-Jan Cartier Paddock Stakes Maker’s Mark F&M Turf Captain’s Ransom Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
JRA Tokyo 20-Feb February Stakes Longines Classic Cafe Phraroah Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Argentina Palermo 01-May Gran Premio Criadores Longines Distaff La Validada Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
JRA Tokyo 15- May Victoria Mile Maker’s Mark F&M Turf Sodashi Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Chile Club Hipico 29- May Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella FanDuel Mile Viejos Tiempos Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Santa Anita 30-May Shoemaker Mile FanDuel Mile Count Again Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
JRA Tokyo 5-June Yasuda Kinen FanDuel Mile Songline Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Belmont Park 11-June Hill ‘N’ Dale Metropolitan FanDuel Mile Flightline Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Belmont Park 11-June Jaipur Turf Sprint Casa Creed Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Belmont Park 11-JUne Ogden Phipps Longines Distaff Clairiere Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UK Ascot 14-June King’s Stand S. Turf Sprint Nature Strip Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UK Ascot 14-June Queen Anne Stakes FanDuel Mile Baaeed Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UK Ascot 15-June Prince of Wales’s Stakes Longines Turf State of Rest Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UK Ascot 16-June Norfolk Stakes Juvenile Turf Sprint The Ridler Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Peru Hipodromo de Monterrico 26-June Gran Premio Pamplona Maker’s Mark F&M Turf Ola Perfecta Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
JRA Hashin 26-June Takarazuka Kinen Longines Turf Titleholder Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Brasil Hipódromo da Gávea 26-June Grande Premio Brasil Longines Turf Nautilus Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Gulfstream Park 2-July Princess Rooney Invitational Filly & Mare Sprint Ce Ce Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Churchill Downs 2-July Stephen Foster Stakes Longines Classic Olympiad Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UK Ascot 23-July King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes Longines Turf Pyledriver Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Monmouth Park 23-July TVG.com Haskell Stakes Longines Classic Cyberknife Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UK Goodwood 27-July Qatar Sussex Stakes FanDuel Mile Baaeed Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Del Mar 30-July Bing Crosby Stakes Qatar Racing Sprint American Theorem Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Del Mar 6-Aug Clement L. Hirsch Stakes Longines Distaff Blue Stripe Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Saratoga 6-Aug The Whitney Longines Classic Life Is Good Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Saratoga 13-Aug The Fourstardave FanDuel Mile Casa Creed Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Churchill Downs 13-Aug Beverly D. Stakes Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf Dalika Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
France France Galop 14-Aug Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le Marois FanDuel Mile Inspiral Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UK York 17-Aug Juddmonte International Stakes Longines Classic Baaeed Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UK York 18-Aug Darley Yorkshire Oaks Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf Alpinista Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UK York 19-Aug Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes Turf Sprint Highfield Princess Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
France France Galop 21-Aug Darley Prix Morny Juvenile Turf Sprint Blackbeard Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Del Mar 27-Aug Pat O’Brien Stakes Dirt Mile Laurel River Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Saratoga 27-Aug The Resorts World Casino Sword Dancer Longines Turf Gufo Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Saratoga 28-Aug The Ballerina Filly & Mare Sprint Goodnight Olive Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Del Mar 3-Sep Del Mar Handicap Longines Turf Gold Phoenix  Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Del Mar 3-Sep TVG Pacific Classic Longines Classic Flightline Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Saratoga 3-Sep The Flower Bowl Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf Virginia Joy  Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Saratoga 3-Sep Jockey Club Gold Cup Longines Classic Olympiad Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Del Mar 4-Sep Green Flash H. Turf Sprint Lieutenant Dan  Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Ireland Leopardstown 10-Sep Irish Champion Stakes Longines Turf Luxembourg Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Ireland Leopardstown 10-Sep Champion Juvenile Stakes Juvenile Turf Auguste Rodin Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Ireland Leopardstown 10-Sep Coolmore America ‘Justify’ Matron Stakes Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf Pearls Galore Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Kentucky Downs 10-Sep Calumet Turf Cup Longines Turf Red Knight Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Kentucky Downs 10-Sep FanDuel Turf Sprint Turf Sprint Bran Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Ireland Curragh 11-Sep Moyglare Stud Stakes Juvenile Fillies Turf Tahiyra Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Ireland Curragh 11-Sep Flying Five Stakes Turf Sprint Highfield Princess Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Canada Woodbine 17-Sep Natalma Stakes Juvenile Fillies Turf Last Call Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Canada Woodbine 17-Sep Pattison Summer Stakes Juvenile Turf Mysterious Night Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Canada Woodbine 17-Sep Ricoh Woodbine Mile FanDuel Mile Modern Games Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UK Newmarket 23-Sep Rockfel Stakes Juvenile Fillies Turf Commissioning Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
UK Newmarket 24-Sep Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes Juvenile Turf The Foxes Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
USA Churchill Downs 1-Oct Ack Ack H. Dirt Mile    
USA Santa Anita 1-Oct Awesome Again Stakes Longines Classic    
USA Belmont Park 1-Oct The Champagne TVG Juvenile    
USA Belmont Park 1-Oct Miss Grillo Juvenile Fillies Turf    
USA Belmont Park 1-Oct The Frizette Juvenile Fillies    
USA Belmont Park 1-Oct The Vosburgh Qatar Racing Sprint    
USA Belmont Park 1-Oct The Futurity Juvenile Turf Sprint    
USA Santa Anita 2-Oct Speakeasy Stakes Juvenile Turf Sprint    
France France Galop 2-Oct Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Juvenile Turf    
France France Galop 2-Oct Prix de L’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines Turf Sprint    
France France Galop 2-Oct Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe Longines Turf    
France France Galop 2-Oct Prix de L’Opera Longines Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf    
France France Galop 2-Oct Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac Juvenile Fillies Turf    
USA Keeneland 7-Oct Darley Alcibiades Juvenile Fillies    
USA Keeneland 7-Oct Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Qatar Racing Sprint    
USA Keeneland 7-Oct Jessamine Juvenile Fillies Turf    
USA Santa Anita 8-Oct Rodeo Drive Stakes Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf    
USA Santa Anita 8-Oct Chandelier Stakes Juvenile Fillies    
USA Santa Anita 8-Oct American Pharoah Stakes TVG Juvenile    
USA Keeneland 8-Oct Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity TVG Juvenile    
USA Keeneland 8-Oct Coolmore Turf Mile FanDuel Mile    
USA Keeneland 8-Oct Thoroughbred Club of America Filly & Mare Sprint    
USA Keeneland 9-Oct Indian Summer Stakes Juvenile Turf Sprint    
USA Keeneland 9-Oct Bourbon Stakes Juvenile Turf    
USA Keeneland 9-Oct Juddmonte Spinster Longines Distaff    
UK Ascot 15-Oct QIPCO Champion Stakes Longines Turf    
UK Ascot 15-Oct Queen Elizabeth II Stakes FanDuel Mile    
USA Belmont Park TBD The Pilgrim Juvenile Turf    

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