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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 StakesASCTurf
Jul 28, 18Bing Crosby S.DMRSprint
Jul 29, 18Clement L. Hirsch StakesDMRDistaff
Jul 29, 18Haskell InvitationalMTHClassic
Aug 01, 18Qatar Sussex StakesGOOMile
Aug 04, 18WhitneySARClassic
Aug 11, 18Arlington MillionAPTurf
Aug 11, 18Beverly D. StakesAPFilly & Mare Turf
Aug 12, 18Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le Buffard - Jacques Le MaroisDEAMile
Aug 18, 18Del Mar H.DMRTurf
Aug 18, 18Pacific ClassicDMRClassic
Aug 22, 18Juddmonte International S.YORTurf
Aug 23, 18Darley Yorkshire OaksYORFilly & Mare Turf
Aug 24, 18Coolmore Nunthorpe StakesYORTurf Sprint
Aug 25, 18Pat O'Brien S.DMRDirt Mile
Aug 25, 18ForegoSARDirt Mile
Aug 25, 18Ketel One BallerinaSARFilly & Mare Sprint
Aug 25, 18Personal EnsignSARDistaff
Aug 25, 18Sword DancerSARTurf
Sep 01, 18SpinawaySARJuvenile Fillies
Sep 15, 18Iroquois S.CDJuvenile
Sep 15, 18Pocahontas S.CDJuvenile Fillies
Sep 15, 18Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron S.LEOFilly & Mare Turf
Sep 15, 18QIPCO Irish Champion StakesLEOTurf
Sep 15, 18Willis Towers Watson Champions Juvenile StakesLEOJuvenile Turf
Sep 15, 18Ricoh Woodbine MileWOMile
Sep 16, 18Derrinstown Stud Flying Five StakesCURTurf Sprint
Sep 16, 18Moyglare Stud StakesCURJuvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 16, 18Natalma StakesWOJuvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 16, 18Summer StakesWOJuvenile Turf
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, 18Awesome Again StakesSAClassic
Sep 29, 18Chandelier StakesSAJuvenile Fillies
Sep 29, 18FrontRunner StakesSAJuvenile
Sep 29, 18Rodeo Drive StakesSAFilly & Mare Turf
Sep 29, 18Zenyatta StakesSADistaff
Sep 30, 18Sprinters S.NKRTurf Sprint
Oct 05, 18Darley Alcibiades StakesKEEJuvenile Fillies
Oct 05, 18Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix StakesKEESprint
Oct 06, 18Champagne StakesBELJuvenile
Oct 06, 18Flower Bowl StakesBELFilly & Mare Turf
Oct 06, 18Frizette StakesBELJuvenile Fillies
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 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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