Published Monday, April 15th, 2024   ( 1 month ago )

Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Features 82 Automatic Qualifying Races for 2024 World Championships

Del Mar to Host Six Series Races

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2024) – Breeders’ Cup Limited today announced the 2024 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In schedule of 82 races in 12 countries. Each winner will receive an automatic qualifying position, with fees paid, into a corresponding race at the 2024 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. 

Horses from around the globe will qualify through the Win and You’re In program, now in its 18th year, for the 41st running of the World Championships. Consisting of 14 Grade 1 races worth purses and awards totaling a record $33 million, this year’s Breeders’ Cup will be held Nov. 1-2 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, California.  

Del Mar will host six Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races during its summer meeting. 

Date Race Name Gr. Dist. Age/Sex Division
7/27/24 Bing Crosby Stakes I 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP Sprint
8/3/24 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 3 YO & UP
F & M
Distaff
8/24/24 Pat O'Brien Stakes II 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP Dirt Mile
8/31/24 FanDuel Racing Pacific Classic I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP Classic
8/31/24 Del Mar Handicap Presented By The Japan Racing Association II 1 3/8 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Turf
8/31/24 Green Flash Handicap III 5 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Sprint

"We take great pride in seeing horsemen from around the world capitalize on the advantages provided by the Challenge Series, the premier route to securing a starting position in the World Championships," said Dora Delgado, Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Officer of Breeders’ Cup Limited. "Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to the racing jurisdictions across five continents for their invaluable support and administration of this year's series. We encourage all horsemen to target the Challenge Series en route to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar."  

The first domestic Breeders’ Cup Challenge races of the year will take place June 8 at Saratoga Race Course during the Belmont Stakes Festival, as the Hill ‘N’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap (G1), Ogden Phipps Presented by Ford (G1), and Jaipur presented by Resolute Racing (G1) provide respective berths into the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), and the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1). All North American races must be graded to be included in the series. The complete 2024 schedule is available at BreedersCup.com/races/challenge-series

Forty-one international races complement the domestic schedule, with the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series hosted at premier tracks in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, France, Ireland, Japan, Peru, South Africa, and South Korea. New this year are the Korea Cup (G3) and Korea Sprint (G3), both run Sept. 8 at Seoul Racecourse in South Korea. At 1 1/8 miles, the Korea Cup is an automatic qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, while the 6-furlong Korea Sprint provides an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1).  

Three additional races have been added to the international schedule in England. The Aug. 21 Tattersalls Acomb Stakes (G3), a 7-furlong race at York, will award an automatic starting position into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1); the Aug. 24 William Hill Prestige Stakes (G3), a 7-furlong event at Goodwood, will give the winner a free berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1); and the Oct. 19 QIPCO British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes going 1 1/2 miles at Ascot Racecourse rewards the winner with a guaranteed berth into the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1). 

For the first time, the Sept. 29 City of Hope Mile (G3) at Santa Anita Park, a Win and You’re In event for the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), joins the domestic lineup.  

The 2024 series in the U.S. will again feature a regional qualifying program to balance divisional competition across the country. In 10 of the 14 race divisions, there will be one Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series race per region, identified as East, Midwest, and West. Breeders’ Cup will promote these regional rivalries on the road to the World Championships.  

Eight automatic berths will be awarded for the $7 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic. The 6-year-old Peptide Nile (JPN) became the first horse to qualify this year for the marquee race when he won the Feb. 19 February Stakes (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan. 

Purse increases in 2024 raised the value of the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic to $7 million and the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf to $5 million. 

As part of the benefits to horsemen, Breeders’ Cup has allocated $5,485,000 in free entry fees for this year’s Challenge Series and will pay the entry fees and guarantee a starting position in a corresponding Championships race for all Challenge Series race winners. If not already nominated, the Challenge winner must be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by the pre-entry deadline of Oct. 21 to receive the rewards. 

In addition, Breeders’ Cup will provide a $10,000 travel allowance for all starters within North America that are stabled outside of California, and a $40,000 travel allowance to the connections of all Championship starters based outside of North America. 

Last year, 42 Breeders’ Cup Challenge winners competed in the World Championships at Santa Anita Park and eight won their respective divisional races: White Abarrio, $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1); Auguste Rodin (IRE), $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf; Idiomatic, $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1); Cody’s Wish, $2 million Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), Master of the Seas (IRE), $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1); Inspiral (GB), $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1); Just F Y I, $2 million NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1); and Hard to Justify, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). 


Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Returns to Television 

NBC, FOX, and CNBC will televise the 2024 “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In,” featuring five live programs in the U.S. this summer and fall. Now in its 11th year with NBC Sports and second year with FOX, the series puts a spotlight on North America’s top horses as they compete at premier racetracks on the road to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.  

“We are pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with our friends at NBC Sports to help showcase the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series to millions of fans during the summer and fall leading up to the World Championships on NBC,” said Drew Fleming, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Limited. “We also look forward to expanding our partnership with FOX to provide maximum exposure for our Challenge races this year. Both of these networks provide world-class, innovative coverage of our sport, and we are proud to partner with them to provide horse racing viewers across the country with ample opportunities to follow the action on the road to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.” 

All Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series coverage on NBC and CNBC will be simulcast on Peacock. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream live coverage to desktops, mobile, tablets, and connected TVs via authentication.  

“We are excited to continue our longtime partnership with Breeders’ Cup, showcasing Challenge Series racing on NBC, CNBC, and Peacock, and culminating with the world’s best horses competing in the World Championships at Del Mar in November,” said Gary Quinn, NBC Sports VP of Programming & General Manager of Owned Properties. 

Coverage of the 2024 Challenge Series features two NBC broadcasts, two FOX broadcasts, and one CNBC program. 

NBC and Peacock kick off the action July 20 at 5pm ET at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey with the Haskell Stakes (G1), a Win and You’re In race for the $7 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). 

On Aug. 3, Breeders’ Cup and FOX will partner to provide special coverage of the Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course, also an automatic qualifier for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic. FOX coverage of the Challenge Series continues at Saratoga on Aug. 10 with the Fourstardave Handicap (G1), a Win and You’re In race for the $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile Presented by PDJF (G1). 

A blockbuster day of racing will be presented during a two-hour NBC and Peacock broadcast on Oct. 5 with coverage from Santa Anita Park and Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. Among the Santa Anita races, the American Pharoah Stakes (G1) offers a free starting spot in the $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). From Keeneland, the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) awards a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, the Coolmore Turf Mile (G1) presents automatic entry to the Breeders’ Cup Mile, and the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G1) offers a spot in the gate for the $1 million PNC Bank Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1). On Oct. 6 at Keeneland, the CNBC and Peacock broadcast features the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (G1), a qualifier for the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and the Castle & Key Bourbon Stakes (G2), which awards a free spot in the $1 million Prevagen Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). 

The majority of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge races will also be televised on FanDuel TV, which will continue to provide extensive special programming in the run-up to the World Championships. FanDuel, the Official ADW Partner, Official Sports Wagering Partner, Official Fantasy Sports Partner, and Official Mobile Casino Partner of the Breeders’ Cup, continues to serve as title partner of the $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and the $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile. 

The complete Challenge Series television schedule can be viewed at BreedersCup.com/races/challenge-series

Date Trk. Race Name Gr. Dist. Age/Sex Division Region
12/16/23 SIS Gran Premio International Carlos Pellegrini Stakes I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Argentina
1/6/24 KEN Cartier Paddock Stakes I 1 1/8 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP
F & M
Filly & Mare Turf South Africa
1/6/24 KEN L'Ormarins King's Plate I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Mile South Africa
2/18/24 TOK February Stakes I 1 Mile 4 YO & UP Classic Japan
5/1/24 PAL Gran Premio Criadores I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP
F & M
Distaff Argentina
5/12/24 TOK Victoria Mile I 1 Mile (T) 4 YO & UP
F
Filly & Mare Turf Japan
5/26/24 CHS Gran Premio Club Hípico Falabella I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Mile Chile
6/2/24 TOK Yasuda Kinen I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Mile Japan
6/8/24 SAR Hill ‘N’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap I 1 Mile 3 YO & UP Dirt Mile New York
6/8/24 SAR Jaipur Presented by Resolute Racing I 5 1/2 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Sprint New York
6/8/24 SAR Ogden Phipps Presented by Ford I 1 1/8 Miles 4 YO & UP
F & M
Distaff New York
6/18/24 ASC The King Charles III Stakes I 5 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Sprint United Kingdom
6/18/24 ASC The Queen Anne Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 4 YO & UP Mile United Kingdom
6/19/24 ASC The Prince of Wales's Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 4 YO & UP Turf United Kingdom
6/20/24 ASC The Norfolk Stakes II 5 Furlongs (T) 2 YO Juvenile Turf Sprint United Kingdom
6/23/24 GVA Grande Premio Brasil I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 4 YO & UP Turf Brazil
6/23/24 HSN Takarazuka Kinen I 1 3/8 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Japan
6/23/24 MON Gran Premio Pamplona I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP
F & M
Filly & Mare Turf Peru
6/29/24 CD Stephen Foster Stakes I 1 1/8 Miles 4 YO & UP Classic Kentucky
7/20/24 MTH Haskell Stakes I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO Classic New Jersey
7/27/24 ASC King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Turf United Kingdom
7/27/24 DMR Bing Crosby Stakes I 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP Sprint California
7/31/24 GOO Qatar Sussex Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Mile United Kingdom
8/3/24 DMR Clement L. Hirsch Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 3 YO & UP
F & M
Distaff California
8/3/24 SAR The Whitney I 1 1/8 Miles 4 YO & UP Classic New York
8/10/24 CNL Beverly D. Stakes II 1 3/16 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP
F & M
Filly & Mare Turf Virginia
8/10/24 SAR The Fourstardave I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Mile New York
8/11/24 DEA Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Mile France
8/18/24 DEA Sumbe Prix Morny I 6 Furlongs (T) 2 YO Juvenile Turf Sprint France
8/21/24 YOR Juddmonte International Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Classic United Kingdom
8/21/24 YOR Tattersalls Acomb Stakes III 7 Furlongs (T) 2 YO Juvenile Turf United Kingdom
8/22/24 YOR Pertemps Network Yorkshire Oaks I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP
F & M
Filly & Mare Turf United Kingdom
8/23/24 YOR Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes I 5 Furlongs (T) 2 YO & UP Turf Sprint United Kingdom
8/24/24 DMR Pat O'Brien Stakes II 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP Dirt Mile California
8/24/24 GOO William Hill Prestige Stakes III 7 Furlongs (T) 2 YO
F
Juvenile Fillies Turf United Kingdom
8/24/24 SAR The Ballerina I 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP
F & M
Filly & Mare Sprint New York
8/24/24 SAR The Resorts World Casino Sword Dancer I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Turf New York
8/31/24 DMR Del Mar Handicap Presented By The Japan Racing Association II 1 3/8 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Turf California
8/31/24 DMR FanDuel Racing Pacific Classic I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP Classic California
8/31/24 DMR Green Flash Handicap III 5 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Sprint California
8/31/24 SAR The Flower Bowl II 1 3/8 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP
F & M
Filly & Mare Turf New York
9/1/24 SAR Jockey Club Gold Cup I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP Classic New York
9/7/24 KD The Turf Cup II 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Kentucky
9/7/24 KD The Turf Sprint II 6 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Sprint Kentucky
9/8/24 SEO Korea Cup III 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP Dirt Mile South Korea
9/8/24 SEO Korea Sprint III 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP Sprint South Korea
9/14/24 LEO Coolmore America 'Justify' Matron Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP
F & M
Filly & Mare Turf Ireland
9/14/24 LEO The KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes II 1 Mile (T) 2 YO Juvenile Turf Ireland
9/14/24 LEO The Royal Bahrain Irish Champion Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Ireland
9/14/24 WO bet365 Summer Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO Juvenile Turf Ontario
9/14/24 WO Johnnie Walker Natalma Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO
F
Juvenile Fillies Turf Ontario
9/14/24 WO Woodbine Mile I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Mile Ontario
9/15/24 CUR Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Flying Five I 5 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Sprint Ireland
9/15/24 CUR Moyglare Stud Stakes I 7 Furlongs (T) 2 YO
F
Juvenile Fillies Turf Ireland
9/21/24 GP Princess Rooney Invitational III 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP
F & M
Filly & Mare Sprint Florida
9/28/24 AQU The Pilgrim II 1 1/16 Miles (T) 2 YO Juvenile Turf New York
9/28/24 AQU The Vosburgh III 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP Sprint New York
9/28/24 CD Ack Ack Stakes III 1 Mile 3 YO & UP Dirt Mile Kentucky
9/28/24 SA California Crown I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP Classic California
9/28/24 SA City of Hope Mile II 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Mile California
9/29/24 AQU The Miss Grillo II 1 1/16 Miles (T) 2 YO
F
Juvenile Fillies Turf New York
10/4/24 AQU The Futurity III 6 Furlongs (T) 2 YO
C & G
Juvenile Turf Sprint New York
10/4/24 KEE Darley Alcibiades I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO
F
Juvenile Fillies Kentucky
10/4/24 KEE Jessamine Presented by Keeneland Sales II 1 1/16 Miles (T) 2 YO
F
Juvenile Fillies Turf Kentucky
10/4/24 KEE Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix II 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP Sprint Kentucky
10/5/24 AQU The Champagne I 1 Mile 2 YO Juvenile New York
10/5/24 AQU The Frizette I 1 Mile 2 YO
F
Juvenile Fillies New York
10/5/24 KEE Claiborne Breeders' Futurity I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO Juvenile Kentucky
10/5/24 KEE Coolmore Turf Mile I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Mile Kentucky
10/5/24 KEE Thoroughbred Club of America II 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP
F & M
Filly & Mare Sprint Kentucky
10/5/24 SA American Pharoah Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO Juvenile California
10/5/24 SA Chandelier Stakes II 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO
F
Juvenile Fillies California
10/5/24 SA Rodeo Drive Stakes II 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP
F & M
Filly & Mare Turf California
10/6/24 KEE Castle & Key Bourbon II 1 1/16 Miles (T) 2 YO Juvenile Turf Kentucky
10/6/24 KEE Juddmonte Spinster I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP
F & M
Distaff Kentucky
10/6/24 LCH Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp Longines I 5 Furlongs (T) 2 YO & UP Turf Sprint France
10/6/24 LCH Prix de l'Opera Longines I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP
F & M
Filly & Mare Turf France
10/6/24 LCH Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Turf France
10/6/24 LCH Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere I 7 Furlongs (T) 2 YO Juvenile Turf France
10/6/24 LCH Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO
F
Juvenile Fillies Turf France
10/19/24 ASC QIPCO British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP
F & M
Filly & Mare Turf United Kingdom
10/19/24 ASC QIPCO Champion Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Turf United Kingdom

 


ABOUT BREEDERS’ CUP Breeders’ Cup Limited administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships, as well as the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races through an 80-race series hosted by 11 countries, and the U.S.-based Dirt Dozen Bonus Series. The Breeders’ Cup supports and operates under the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA), which For the first time, establishes a national, uniform set of rules applicable to every Thoroughbred racing participant and racetrack. HISA seeks to enhance the safety of both horse and rider and to protect the integrity of the sport to the benefit of all racing participants Fans, and bettors.

The 2024 Breeders’ Cup World Championships consisting of 14 Grade 1 Championship races and $33 million in purses and awards, will be held Nov. 1-2 at Del Mar in Del Mar California. The 2025 World Championships will also be held at Del Mar on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The Championships will be televised live by NBC Sports. Press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, BreedersCup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media. 


ABOUT DEL MAR  Opened in 1937, San Diego’s iconic — and the nation’s only — seaside racetrack features the world’s top racehorses, trainers, and jockeys, as well as the best in fashion and classic California culture "where the turf meets the surf.” What began as a Hollywood hotspot in the era of the racetrack’s founder, Bing Crosby, is now one of America's foremost racetracks and a premier Southern California destination, as well as a national leader in racetrack safety. 


Media Contacts:  Claire Crosby, Breeders' Cup, 847-613-5715, Ccrosby@breederscup.com
Jim Gluckson, Breeders' Cup, 646-335-6825, jim@breederscup.com