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2018 Breeders' Cup Challenge

Win a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, and you’re in the Breeders’ Cup. With 67 qualifying races spanning 10 countries, each of the 14 Breeders’ Cup divisions have Challenge races. And a win gets you more than just an invitation. The Breeders’ Cup pays entry fees for the connections of the Challenge winners if they are nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by October 21st.

All Championships starters that are not based in California will receive travel awards of $10,000 (US) if traveling within North America or $40,000 (US) if traveling from outside of North America. Last year, 45 winners of Breeders’ Cup Challenge races participated in the World Championships.

Breeders' Cup Challenge Schedule

Date Race Track Qualifier Winner
Jan 7, 2017 L'Ormarins Queen's Plate KEN Mile Legal Eagle (SAF)
Jan 7, 2017 Maine Chance Farms Paddock S. KEN Filly & Mare Turf Bela-Bela (SAF)
Feb 19, 2017 February S. TOK Classic Gold Dream (JPN)
Apr 1, 2017 Darley TJ Smith Stakes RAN Turf Sprint Chautauqua (AUS)
Apr 1, 2017 The Star Doncaster Mile RAN Mile Somewhat
Apr 8, 2017 Coolmore Legacy Queen of the Turf Stakes RAN Filly & Mare Turf Foxplay (AUS)
May 1, 2017 Gran Premio Criadores PAL Distaff Kiriaki (ARG)
May 25, 2017 Gran Premio 25 de Mayo SIS Turf Ordak Dan (ARG)
May 28, 2017 Gran Premio Club Hipico De Santiago Falabella CHS Mile Top Casablanca (CHI)
Jun 3, 2017 Shoemaker Mile SA Mile Bal a Bali (BRZ)
Jun 4, 2017 Yasuda Kinen TOK Mile Satono Aladdin (JPN)
Jun 10, 2017 Mohegan Sun Metropolitan H. BEL Dirt Mile Mor Spirit
Jun 10, 2017 Ogden Phipps BEL Distaff Songbird
Jun 11, 2017 Grande Premio Brasil GVA Turf Voador Magee (BRZ)
Jun 17, 2017 Fleur de Lis H. CD Distaff Forever Unbridled
Jun 17, 2017 Stephen Foster H. CD Classic Gun Runner
Jun 25, 2017 Takarazuka Kinen HSN Turf Satono Crown (JPN)
Jun 25, 2017 Gran Premio Pamplona MON Filly & Mare Turf Birdie Gold
Jul 1, 2017 Princess Rooney H. GP Filly & Mare Sprint Curlin's Approval
Jul 1, 2017 Smile Sprint Stakes GP Sprint Imperial Hint
Jul 2, 2017 Highlander Stakes WO Turf Sprint Green Mask
Jul 8, 2017 Belmont Sprint Championship BEL Sprint Mind Your Biscuits
Jul 29, 2017 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO ASC Turf Enable (GB)
Jul 29, 2017 Bing Crosby S. DMR Sprint Ransom the Moon
Jul 30, 2017 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes DMR Distaff Stellar Wind
Jul 30, 2017 Betfair.com Haskell Invitational MTH Classic Girvin
Aug 2, 2017 Qatar Sussex Stakes GOO Mile Here Comes When (IRE)
Aug 5, 2017 The Whitney SAR Classic Gun Runner
Aug 12, 2017 Arlington Million AP Turf Beach Patrol
Aug 12, 2017 Beverly D. Stakes AP Filly & Mare Turf Dacita (CHI)
Aug 13, 2017 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le Buffard - Jacques Le Marois DEA Mile Al Wukair (IRE)
Aug 19, 2017 Del Mar H. Presented By The Japan Racing Association DMR Turf Hunt (IRE)
Aug 19, 2017 Pacific Classic DMR Classic Collected
Aug 23, 2017 Juddmonte International S. YOR Turf Ulysses (IRE)
Aug 24, 2017 Darley Yorkshire Oaks YOR Filly & Mare Turf Enable (GB)
Aug 25, 2017 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes YOR Turf Sprint Marsha (IRE)
Aug 26, 2017 Pat O'Brien S. DMR Dirt Mile Giant Expectations
Aug 26, 2017 The Forego SAR Sprint Drefong
Aug 26, 2017 The Ketel One Ballerina SAR Filly & Mare Sprint By the Moon
Aug 26, 2017 The Personal Ensign SAR Distaff Forever Unbridled
Aug 26, 2017 The Sword Dancer SAR Turf Sadler's Joy
Sep 2, 2017 T. Von Zastrow Stutenpreis BAD Filly & Mare Turf Ashiana (GER)
Sep 2, 2017 The Spinaway SAR Juvenile Fillies Lady Ivanka
Sep 3, 2017 Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden BAD Turf Guignol (GER)
Sep 9, 2017 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron S. LEO Filly & Mare Turf Hydrangea (IRE)
Sep 9, 2017 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes LEO Turf Decorated Knight (GB)
Sep 9, 2017 Willis Towers Watson Champions Juvenile Stakes LEO Juvenile Turf Nelson (IRE)
Sep 10, 2017 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes CUR Turf Sprint Caravaggio
Sep 10, 2017 Moyglare Stud Stakes CUR Juvenile Fillies Turf Happily (IRE)
Sep 16, 2017 Iroquois S. CD Juvenile The Tabulator
Sep 16, 2017 Pocahontas S. CD Juvenile Fillies Patrona Margarita
Sep 16, 2017 Ricoh Woodbine Mile WO Mile World Approval
Sep 17, 2017 Natalma Stakes WO Juvenile Fillies Turf Capla Temptress (IRE)
Sep 17, 2017 Summer Stakes WO Juvenile Turf Untamed Domain
Sep 29, 2017 Shadwell Rockfel NEW Juvenile Fillies Turf Juliet Capulet (IRE)
Sep 30, 2017 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic BEL Turf Beach Patrol
Sep 30, 2017 The Vosburgh BEL Sprint Takaful
Sep 30, 2017 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes NEW Juvenile Turf Roaring Lion
Sep 30, 2017 Awesome Again Stakes SA Classic Mubtaahij (IRE)
Sep 30, 2017 Chandelier Stakes SA Juvenile Fillies Moonshine Memories
Sep 30, 2017 FrontRunner Stakes SA Juvenile Bolt d'Oro
Sep 30, 2017 Rodeo Drive Stakes SA Filly & Mare Turf Avenge
Sep 30, 2017 Zenyatta Stakes SA Distaff Paradise Woods
Oct 1, 2017 Longines Prix de l'Opera CHY Filly & Mare Turf Rhododendron (IRE)
Oct 1, 2017 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere CHY Juvenile Turf Happily (IRE)
Oct 1, 2017 Total Prix Marcel Boussac CHY Juvenile Fillies Turf Wild Illusion (GB)
Oct 1, 2017 Sprinters S. NKR Turf Sprint Red Falx (JPN)
Oct 6, 2017 Darley Alcibiades Stakes KEE Juvenile Fillies Heavenly Love
Oct 6, 2017 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes KEE Sprint Whitmore
Oct 7, 2017 Champagne Stakes BEL Juvenile Firenze Fire
Oct 7, 2017 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes BEL Classic Diversify
Oct 7, 2017 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity KEE Juvenile Free Drop Billy
Oct 7, 2017 First Lady S. KEE Filly & Mare Turf Zipessa
Oct 7, 2017 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes KEE Mile Suedois (FR)
Oct 7, 2017 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes KEE Filly & Mare Sprint Finley'sluckycharm
Oct 7, 2017 Santa Anita Sprint Championship SA Sprint Roy H
Oct 8, 2017 Flower Bowl Stakes BEL Filly & Mare Turf War Flag
Oct 8, 2017 Frizette Stakes BEL Juvenile Fillies Separationofpowers
Oct 8, 2017 Dixiana Bourbon S. KEE Juvenile Turf Flameaway
Oct 8, 2017 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes KEE Distaff Romantic Vision
Oct 11, 2017 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes KEE Juvenile Fillies Turf Rushing Fall
* - tentative date
** - purse includes Breeders' Cup Stakes funds


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