Breeders' Cup Challenge Series


Contenders for the Breeders' Cup are first chosen through guaranteed starts from wins in a Breeders' Cup Challenge race.

Those hopefuls who have not had the fortune of winning such secured starts will obtain opportunities for entry by a points system based from major race performances throughout the year. These point factors include graded race quality and how much money is won in purses. A panel will then examine entries and prune, in ranking order, noting race preferences for each possible Breeders' Cup contender.

Pre-entries are typically released by Friday the week preceeding Breeders' Cup race week. The pre-entries will then be further truncated as the official Breeders' Cup draw occurrs, traditionally on Tuesday of Breeders' Cup race week. Often there will be several also elligables (AE) allowed. The panel has the power to decide which horse has preference to enter a race should a tie exist.

Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Schedule

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series features 81 Win and You’re In (TM) races that provide the winners automatic berths into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

12/14/19 Gran Premio International Carlos Pellegrini Stakes SIS Turf
1/11/20 Cartier Paddock Stakes KEN Filly & Mare Turf
1/11/20 L'Ormarins Queen's Plate KEN Mile
2/23/20 February Stakes TOK Classic
5/17/20 Victoria Mile TOK Filly & Mare Turf
5/25/20 Shoemaker Mile SA Mile
6/6/20 Runhappy Carter H. Bel Sprint
6/7/20 Yasuda Kinen TOK Mile
6/13/20 Ogden Phipps Bel Distaff
6/16/20 Queen Anne Stakes ASC Mile
6/17/20 Prince of Wales's Stakes ASC Turf
6/19/20 Norfolk Stakes ASC Juvenile Turf Sprint
6/20/20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes ASC Turf Sprint
6/20/20 Jaipur "Presented by America's Best Racing" Bel Turf Sprint
6/27/20 Fleur de Lis Stakes CD Distaff
6/27/20 Stephen Foster Stakes CD Classic
6/28/20 Takarazuka Kinen HSN Turf
7/4/20 The Runhappy Metropolitan Bel Dirt Mile
7/18/20 Haskell Stakes Mth Classic
7/25/20 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes ASC Turf
7/29/20 Qatar Sussex Stakes GOO Mile
8/1/20 Bing Crosby Stakes Dmr Sprint
8/1/20 The Personal Ensign Sar Distaff
8/1/20 The Whitney Sar Classic
8/2/20 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes Dmr Distaff
8/8/20 The Ballerina Sar Filly & Mare Sprint
8/15/20 The Alabama Sar Distaff
8/16/20 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois Dea Mile
8/19/20 Juddmonte International Stakes YOR Classic
8/20/20 Darley Yorkshire Oaks YOR Filly & Mare Turf
8/21/20 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes YOR Turf Sprint
8/22/20 Del Mar Handicap Presented By The Japan Racing Association Dmr Turf
8/22/20 TVG Pacific Classic Dmr Classic
8/22/20 The Fourstardave Sar Mile
8/23/20 Darley Prix Morny Dea Juvenile Turf Sprint
8/29/20 Pat O'Brien Stakes Dmr Dirt Mile
8/29/20 The Sword Dancer Sar Turf
9/3/20 Pocahontas CD Juvenile Fillies
9/5/20 Iroquois presented by Ford CD Juvenile
9/12/20 Runhappy Turf Sprint KD Turf Sprint
9/12/20 Coolmore America 'Justify' Matron Stakes LEO Filly & Mare Turf
9/12/20 Irish Champion Stakes LEO Turf
9/12/20 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes LEO Juvenile Turf
9/13/20 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes CUR Turf Sprint
9/13/20 Moyglare Stud Stakes CUR Juvenile Fillies Turf
9/19/20 Ricoh Woodbine Mile WO Mile
9/20/20 Natalma Stakes WO Juvenile Fillies Turf
9/20/20 Summer Stakes WO Juvenile Turf
9/25/20 Shadwell Rockfel Stakes NEW Juvenile Fillies Turf
9/26/20 The Vosburgh Bel Sprint
9/26/20 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes NEW Juvenile Turf
9/26/20 American Pharoah Stakes SA Juvenile
9/26/20 Awesome Again Stakes SA Classic
9/26/20 Chandelier Stakes SA Juvenile Fillies
9/26/20 Rodeo Drive Stakes SA Filly & Mare Turf
9/26/20 Speakeasy Stakes SA Juvenile Turf Sprint
9/27/20 Grande Premio Brasil GVA Turf
9/27/20 Santa Anita Sprint Championship SA Sprint
9/27/20 Zenyatta Stakes SA Distaff
10/2/20 Darley Alcibiades Kee Juvenile Fillies
10/2/20 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Kee Sprint
10/3/20 Belmont Derby Bel Turf
10/3/20 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity Kee Juvenile
10/3/20 First Lady Presented by UK HealthCare Kee Filly & Mare Turf
10/3/20 Shadwell Turf Mile Kee Mile
10/3/20 Thoroughbred Club of America Kee Filly & Mare Sprint
10/3/20 Preakness Stakes Pim Classic
10/4/20 Bourbon Kee Juvenile Turf
10/4/20 Indian Summer Kee Juvenile Turf Sprint
10/4/20 Juddmonte Spinster Kee Distaff
10/4/20 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp Longines Lch Turf Sprint
10/4/20 Prix de l'Opera Longines Lch Filly & Mare Turf
10/4/20 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lch Turf
10/4/20 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Lch Juvenile Turf
10/4/20 Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac Lch Juvenile Fillies Turf
10/7/20 JPMorgan Cha dse Jessamine Kee Juvenile Fillies Turf
10/10/20 Jockey Club Gold Cup Bel Classic
10/10/20 The Champagne Bel Juvenile
10/10/20 The Flower Bowl Bel Filly & Mare Turf
10/10/20 The Frizette Bel Juvenile Fillies
10/11/20 The Futurity Bel Juvenile Turf Sprint

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