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 contender. Pre-entries are typically released by Friday the week preceeding Breeders' Cup week. The pre-entries will then be further truncated as the official Breeders' Cup draw occurrs on Tuesday of Breeders' Cup week. Often there will be several also elligables 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.


Date Race Name Track Division Winner
5-Jan Cartier Paddock Stakes  Kenilworth Filly & Mare Turf Oh Susanna (AUS)
5-Jan L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Kenilworth Mile Do it Again (SAF)


Date Race Name Track Division Winner
17-Feb February Stakes Tokyo Racecourse Classic Inti (JPN)


Date Race Name Track Division Winner
1-May Gran Premio Criadores Palermo Longines Distaff Entropia(ARG)
26-May Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella Club Hípico de Santiago Mile Tamburo Di Oro
27-May Shoemaker Mile S. Santa Anita Mile Bolo


Date Race Name Track Division Winner
2-Jun Yasuda Kinen Tokyo Racecourse Mile Indy Champ
8-Jun Ogden Phipps Stakes Belmont Park Longines Distaff Midnight Bisou
8-Jun Jaipur Invitational Stakes Belmont Park Turf Sprint World of Trouble
8-Jun Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap Belmont Park Dirt Mile Mitole
9-Jun Gran Premio Brasil Hipódromo da Gávea Longines Turf George Washington (BRZ)
15-Jun Stephen Foster H. Churchill Downs Classic Seeking The Soul
15-Jun Fleur de Lis Handicap Churchill Downs Longines Distaff Elate
18-Jun Queen Anne S. Ascot Mile Lord Glitters (FR)
19-Jun Prince of Wales's S. Ascot Longines Turf Crystal Ocean (GB)
20-Jun Norfolk S. Ascot Juvenile Turf Sprint A'Ali (IRE)
22-Jun Diamond Jubilee S. Ascot Turf Sprint Blue Point (IRE)
23-Jun Takarazuka Kinen Hanshin  Longines Turf Lys Gracieux (JPN)
29-June Princess Rooney H Gulfstream Filly & Mare Sprint Stormy Embrace
30-Jun Gran Premio Pamplona Hipódromo de Monterrico Filly & Mare Turf Gracia Divina


Date Race Name Track Division Winner
6-Jul John A. Nerud Belmont Park TwinSpires Sprint Promises Fulfilled
20-Jul Haskell Invitational Monmouth Park Classic
27-Jul Bing Crosby Stakes Del Mar TwinSpires Sprint
27-Jul King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO Ascot Longines Turf
28-Jul Clement L. Hirsch Handicap Del Mar Longines Distaff
31-Jul Qatar Sussex Stakes Goodwood MIle


Date Race Name Track Division Winner
3-Aug Whitney Stakes Saratoga Classic
10-Aug Beverly D. Stakes Arlington Park Filly & Mare Turf
10-Aug Arlington Million Arlington Park Longines Turf
10-Aug Fourstardave Handicap Saratoga Mile
11-Aug Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le Marois Deauville Mile
17-Aug Del Mar Handicap Presented by the Japan Racing Association Del Mar Longines Turf
17-Aug TVG Pacific Classic Del Mar Classic
18-Aug Darley Prix Morny Deauville Juvenile Turf Sprint
21-Aug Juddmonte International Stakes York Classic
22-Aug Yorkshire Oaks York Filly & Mare Turf
23-Aug Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes York Turf Sprint
24-Aug Personal Ensign H. Saratoga Longines Distaff
24-Aug Ballerina  Saratoga Filly & Mare Sprint
24-Aug Sword Dancer  Saratoga Longines Turf
24-Aug Pat O'Brien Stakes Del Mar  Dirt Mile


Date Race Name Track Division Winner
7-Sep Kentucky Downs Turf Spring Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint
7-Sep Jockey Club Derby Belmont Longines Turf
14-Sep KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes Leopardstown Juvenile Turf
14-Sep Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes Leopardstown Filly & Mare Turf
14-Sep QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes Leopardstown Longines Turf
14-Sep Iroquois Stakes Churchill Downs Sentient Jet Juvenile
14-Sep Ricoh Woodbine Mile Woodbine Mile
14-Sep Pocahontas Stakes Churchill Downs Juvenile Fillies
15-Sep Natalma Stakes Woodbine Juvenile Fillies Turf
15-Sep Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes Curragh Turf Sprint
15-Sep Moyglare Stud Stakes Curragh Juvenile Fillies Turf
15-Sep Summer Stakes Woodbine Juvenile Turf
21-Sep Cotillion Stakes Parxracing Longines Distaff
27-Sep Shadwell Rockfel Newmarket Juvenile Fillies Turf
27-Sep American Pharoah Stakes Santa Anita Park Juvenile
28-Sep Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes Newmarket Juvenile Turf
28-Sep The Vosburgh  Belmont Park TwinSpires Sprint
27-Sep Chandelier Stakes Santa Anita Park Juvenile Fillies
28-Sep Rodeo Drive Stakes Santa Anita Park Filly & Mare Turf
28-Sep Awesome Again Stakes Santa Anita Park Classic
28-Sep Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes Belmont Park Classic
29-Sep Sprinters S. Nakayama Turf Sprint
29-Sep Zenyatta Stakes Santa Anita Park Longines Distaff


Date Race Name Track Division Winner
4-Oct Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes Keeneland TwinSpires Sprint
4-Oct Darley Alcibiades Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Fillies
5-Oct First Lady Stakes Keeneland Filly & Mare Turf
5-Oct Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes Keeneland Filly & Mare Sprint
5-Oct Claiborne Breeders' Futurity Keeneland Sentient Jet Juvenile
5-Oct Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes Keeneland Mile
6- Oct Speakeasy Stakes Santa Anita Juvenile Turf Sprint
5-Oct Santa Anita Sprint Championship Santa Anita TwinSpires Sprint
6-Oct Qatar Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe Paris Longchamp Longines Turf
6-Oct Qatar Prix Jean-Lu LagardereParis Longchamp Juvenile Turf 
6-Oct Qatar Prix Marcel BoussacParis Longchamp Juvenile Fillies Turf
6-Oct Qatar Prix de L'Opera LonginesParis Longchamp Juvenile Turf
6-Oct The Futurity Belmont Park Juvenile Turf Sprint
6-Oct Indian Summer Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Turf Sprint
6-Oct Frizette Stakes Belmont Park Juvenile Fillies
6-Oct Juddmonte Spinster Stakes Keeneland Longines Distaff
6-Oct Dixiana Bourbon S. Keeneland Juvenile Turf
19-Oct JP Morgan Chase Jessamine Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Fillies Turf

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