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 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
Japan JRA20-FebFebruary StakesLongines ClassicCafe PhraroahBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
ArgentinaPalermo01-MayGran Premio CriadoresLongines Distaff La Validada Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Japan JRA15- MayVictoria MileMaker’s Mark F&M TurfSodashiBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos

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