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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 06, 18Cartier Paddock S.KENFilly & Mare TurfOh Susanna (AUS)
Jan 06, 18L'Ormarins Queen's PlateKENMileLegal Eagle (SAF)
Feb 18, 18February S.TOKClassicNonkono Yume (JPN)
Apr 07, 18The Star Doncaster MileRANMileHappy Clapper (AUS)
Apr 14, 18The Coolmore Legacy StakesRANFilly & Mare TurfAlizee (AUS)
May 01, 18Gran Premio CriadoresPALDistaffSinfonia Fantastica (ARG)
May 21, 18Gran Premio Club HÍpico Falabella Breeders CupCHSMileNuevo Maestro (CHI)
May 25, 18Gran Premio 25 de MayoSISTurfLa Extrana Dama (ARG)
May 28, 18Shoemaker MileSAMileHunt (IRE)
Jun 03, 18Yasuda KinenTOKMileMozu Ascot
Jun 09, 18Jaipur InvitationalBELTurf SprintDisco Partner
Jun 09, 18Ogden PhippsBELDistaffAbel Tasman
Jun 09, 18Runhappy Metropolitan H.BELDirt MileBee Jersey
Jun 10, 18Grande Premio BrasilGVATurfQuarteto de Cordas (BRZ)
Jun 16, 18Fleur de Lis H.CDDistaffBlue Prize (ARG)
Jun 16, 18Stephen Foster H.CDClassicPavel
Jun 19, 18Queen Anne S.ASCMileAccidental Agent (GB)
Jun 20, 18Prince of Wales's S.ASCTurfPoet's Word (IRE)
Jun 21, 18Norfolk S.ASCJuvenile Turf SprintShang Shang Shang
Jun 23, 18Diamond Jubilee S.ASCTurf SprintMerchant Navy (AUS)
Jun 24, 18Takarazuka KinenHSNTurfMikki Rocket (JPN)
Jun 24, 18Gran Premio PamplonaMONFilly & Mare TurfSmart Choice (ARG)
Jun 30, 18Princess Rooney H.GPFilly & Mare SprintStormy Embrace
Jun 30, 18Highlander StakesWOTurf SprintLong On Value
Jul 07, 18Belmont Sprint ChampionshipBELSprintLimousine Liberal
Jul 28, 18King George VI & Queen Elizabeth StakesASCTurfPoet's Word (IRE)
Jul 28, 18Bing Crosby S.DMRSprintRansom the Moon
Jul 29, 18Clement L. Hirsch StakesDMRDistaffUnique Bella
Jul 29, 18Haskell InvitationalMTHClassicGood Magic
Aug 01, 18Qatar Sussex StakesGOOMileLightning Spear (GB)
Aug 04, 18WhitneySARClassicDiversify
Aug 11, 18Arlington MillionAPTurfRobert Bruce (CHI)
Aug 11, 18Beverly D. StakesAPFilly & Mare TurfSistercharlie (IRE)
Aug 12, 18Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le Buffard - Jacques Le MaroisDEAMileAlpha Centauri (IRE)
Aug 18, 18Del Mar H.DMRTurfFashion Business (GB)
Aug 18, 18Pacific ClassicDMRClassicAccelerate
Aug 22, 18Juddmonte International S.YORTurfRoaring Lion
Aug 23, 18Darley Yorkshire OaksYORFilly & Mare TurfSea of Class (IRE)
Aug 24, 18Coolmore Nunthorpe StakesYORTurf SprintAlpha Delphini (GB)
Aug 25, 18Pat O'Brien S.DMRDirt MileCatalina Cruiser
Aug 25, 18ForegoSARDirt MileWhitmore
Aug 25, 18Ketel One BallerinaSARFilly & Mare SprintMarley's Freedom
Aug 25, 18Personal EnsignSARDistaffAbel Tasman
Aug 25, 18Sword DancerSARTurfGlorious Empire (IRE)
Sep 01, 18SpinawaySARJuvenile FilliesSippican Harbor
Sep 15, 18Iroquois S.CDJuvenileCairo Cat
Sep 15, 18Pocahontas S.CDJuvenile FilliesSerengeti Empress
Sep 15, 18Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron S.LEOFilly & Mare TurfLaurens (FR)
Sep 15, 18KPMG Champions Juvenile StakesLEOJuvenile TurfMadhmoon (IRE)
Sep 15, 18QIPCO Irish Champion StakesLEOTurfRoaring Lion
Sep 15, 18Ricoh Woodbine MileWOMileOscar Performance
Sep 16, 18Derrinstown Stud Flying Five StakesCURTurf SprintHavana Grey (GB)
Sep 16, 18Moyglare Stud StakesCURJuvenile Fillies TurfSkitter Scatter
Sep 16, 18Natalma StakesWOJuvenile Fillies TurfLa Pelosa (IRE)
Sep 16, 18Summer StakesWOJuvenile TurfFog of War
Sep 28, 18Shadwell RockfelNEWJuvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 29, 18Jockey Club Gold CupBELClassic
Sep 29, 18Joe Hirsch Turf ClassicBELTurf
Sep 29, 18The VosburghBELSprint
Sep 29, 18Juddmonte Royal Lodge StakesNEWJuvenile Turf
Sep 29, 18American Pharoah StakesSAJuvenile
Sep 29, 18Awesome Again StakesSAClassic
Sep 29, 18Chandelier StakesSAJuvenile Fillies
Sep 29, 18Rodeo Drive StakesSAFilly & Mare Turf
Sep 30, 18Sprinters S.NKRTurf Sprint
Sep 30, 18Zenyatta StakesSADistaff
Oct 05, 18Darley Alcibiades StakesKEEJuvenile Fillies
Oct 05, 18Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix StakesKEESprint
Oct 06, 18The ChampagneBELJuvenile
Oct 06, 18Claiborne Breeders' FuturityKEEJuvenile
Oct 06, 18First Lady S.KEEFilly & Mare Turf
Oct 06, 18Shadwell Turf Mile StakesKEEMile
Oct 06, 18Thoroughbred Club of America StakesKEEFilly & Mare Sprint
Oct 06, 18Santa Anita Sprint ChampionshipSASprint
Oct 06, 18Speakeasy StakesSAJuvenile Turf Sprint
Oct 07, 18The Flower BowlBELFilly & Mare Turf
Oct 07, 18The FrizetteBELJuvenile Fillies
Oct 07, 18The FuturityBELJuvenile Turf Sprint
Oct 07, 18Dixiana Bourbon S.KEEJuvenile Turf
Oct 07, 18Indian Summer StakesKEEJuvenile Turf Sprint
Oct 07, 18Juddmonte Spinster StakesKEEDistaff
Oct 07, 18Prix de l'Opera LonginesLCHFilly & Mare Turf
Oct 07, 18Qatar Prix Jean-Luc LagardereLCHJuvenile Turf
Oct 07, 18Total Prix Marcel BoussacLCHJuvenile Fillies Turf
Oct 10, 18Chase Jessamine StakesKEEJuvenile Fillies Turf


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