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2017 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
Jul 29, 2017 Bing Crosby S. DMR Sprint
Jul 30, 2017 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes DMR Distaff
Jul 30, 2017 Betfair.com Haskell Invitational MTH Classic
Aug 2, 2017 Qatar Sussex Stakes GOO Mile
Aug 5, 2017 The Whitney SAR Classic
Aug 12, 2017 Arlington Million AP Turf
Aug 12, 2017 Beverly D. Stakes AP Filly & Mare Turf
Aug 19, 2017 Del Mar H. Presented By The Japan Racing Association DMR Turf
Aug 19, 2017 Pacific Classic DMR Classic
Aug 20, 2017 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le Buffard - Jacques Le Marois DEA Mile
Aug 23, 2017 Juddmonte International S. YOR Turf
Aug 24, 2017 Darley Yorkshire Oaks YOR Filly & Mare Turf
Aug 25, 2017 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes YOR Turf Sprint
Aug 26, 2017 Pat O'Brien S. DMR Dirt Mile
Aug 26, 2017 The Forego SAR Dirt Mile
Aug 26, 2017 The Ketel One Ballerina SAR Filly & Mare Sprint
Aug 26, 2017 The Personal Ensign SAR Distaff
Aug 26, 2017 The Sword Dancer SAR Turf
Sep 2, 2017 T. Von Zastrow Stutenpreis BAD Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 2, 2017 The Spinaway SAR Juvenile Fillies
Sep 3, 2017 Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden BAD Turf
Sep 9, 2017 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron S. LEO Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 9, 2017 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes LEO Turf
Sep 9, 2017 Willis Towers Watson Champions Juvenile Turf LEO Juvenile Turf
Sep 10, 2017 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes CUR Turf Sprint
Sep 10, 2017 Moyglare Stud Stakes CUR Juvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 16, 2017 Iroquois S. CD Juvenile
Sep 16, 2017 Pocahontas S. CD Juvenile Fillies
Sep 16, 2017 Ricoh Woodbine Mile WO Mile
Sep 17, 2017 Natalma Stakes WO Juvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 17, 2017 Summer Stakes WO Juvenile Turf
Sep 29, 2017 Shadwell Rockfel NEW Juvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 30, 2017 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes BEL Turf
Sep 30, 2017 Vosburgh Invitational Stakes BEL Sprint
Sep 30, 2017 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes NEW Juvenile Turf
Sep 30, 2017 Awesome Again Stakes SA Classic
Sep 30, 2017 Chandelier Stakes SA Juvenile Fillies
Sep 30, 2017 FrontRunner Stakes SA Juvenile
Sep 30, 2017 Rodeo Drive Stakes SA Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 30, 2017 Zenyatta Stakes SA Distaff
Oct 1, 2017 Longines Prix de L'Opera CHY Filly & Mare Turf
Oct 1, 2017 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere CHY Juvenile Turf
Oct 1, 2017 Total Prix Marcel Boussac CHY Juvenile Fillies Turf
Oct 1, 2017 Sprinters S. NKR Turf Sprint
Oct 6, 2017 Darley Alcibiades Stakes KEE Juvenile Fillies
Oct 6, 2017 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes KEE Sprint
Oct 7, 2017 Frizette Stakes BEL Juvenile Fillies
Oct 7, 2017 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational Stakes BEL Classic
Oct 7, 2017 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity KEE Juvenile
Oct 7, 2017 First Lady S. KEE Filly & Mare Turf
Oct 7, 2017 Shadwell Mile Stakes KEE Mile
Oct 7, 2017 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes KEE Filly & Mare Sprint
Oct 7, 2017 Santa Anita Sprint Championship SA Sprint
Oct 8, 2017 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes BEL Filly & Mare Turf
Oct 8, 2017 Foxwoods Champagne Stakes BEL Juvenile
Oct 8, 2017 Dixiana Bourbon S. KEE Juvenile Turf
Oct 8, 2017 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes KEE Distaff
Oct 11, 2017 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes KEE Juvenile Fillies Turf
* - tentative date
** - purse includes Breeders' Cup Stakes funds


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