2022 BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE SERIES FEATURES 39 INTERNATIONAL RACES


Winners to Receive Automatic Starting Positions and Fees Paid into World Championships at Keeneland in November

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
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Breeders’ Cup Limited today announced the 2022 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In schedule of 82 races in 11 countries ― including 39 international races ― whose winners will receive automatic qualifying positions, and fees paid, into a corresponding race in the 2022 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. 

Horses from around the globe will be qualifying through the Win and You’re In program for the 39th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Grade 1 races, and purses and awards totaling US$31 million. This year’s Championships will be held at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, on Nov. 4-5. 

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, now in its 15th year, will be hosted at many of the world’s premier racetracks in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, France, Ireland, Japan, Peru, South Africa, and the United States. The complete schedule can be viewed here

As part of the benefits to horsemen, Breeders’ Cup has allocated US$5,180,000 in free entry fees for this year’s Challenge Series. Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees and guarantee a starting position in a corresponding Championships race for all Challenge Series race winners. If not already Breeders’ Cup nominated, the Challenge winner must be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of Oct. 24 to receive the rewards. In addition, Breeders’ Cup will provide a US$40,000 travel allowance to the connections of all Championship starters from outside of North America. 

“The Win and You’re In format has been in place since 2007 and provides a fast track to the World Championships through an automatic selection into the race and free entry fees,” said Dora Delgado, Breeders’ Cup Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Officer. ”We look forward to working again with our racetrack partners in conducting the Challenge Series races around the world this year.” 

The international portion of the Challenge Series began on Dec. 11 when the 7-year-old Village King (ARG) captured the Gran Premio International Carlos Pellegrini Stakes (G1) at Hipodromo de San Isidro in Argentina to gain the first automatic starting berth into the US$4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). On Jan. 8 at Kenilworth Racecourse in South Africa, two horses gained Win and You’re In berths. The 4-year-old Jet Dark (SAF) won the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (G1) for a free spot in the US$2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), and the 4-year-old filly Captain’s Ransom (SAF) earned an automatic qualifying position into the US$2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) by winning the Cartier Paddock Stakes (G1). Cafe Pharoah became the first horse to earn a Win and You’re In position in the US$6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) when he won the February Stakes (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse on Feb. 20. On May 1, La Validada (ARG) earned an invitation to the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff by winning the Gran Premio Criadores (G1) at Hipodromo Palermo in Argentina, and on May 15, Sodashi (JPN) won the Victoria Mile (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse and earned a Win and You’re In position for the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.  

There will be three more Challenge Series races in South America (with the Breeders’ Cup World Championships corresponding race in parenthesis): the Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella (G1) (Fan Duel Breeders’ Cup Mile) on May 29 at Club Hipico in Santiago, Chile; the Gran Premio Brasil (G1) (Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf) at Hipodromo Gavea near Rio de Janeiro on June 26, and the same day, the Gran Premio Pamplona (G1) (Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf) at Hipodromo De Monterrico in Peru. 

Japan will host the third of its four Challenge Series races this year on June 5 in the Yasuda Kinen (G1) with horses racing for an invitation into the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile. The final Challenge Series race in Japan this year will be the Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin Racecourse on June 26, for an automatic spot in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf.  

England will host 13 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races beginning with four Win and You’re In races at the Royal Ascot meeting. Two Challenge Series races will be held on the opening day of the meet, June 14, with the King’s Stand Stakes (G1) (US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, G1) and the Queen Anne Stakes (G1) (FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile). On June 15, an automatic berth into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf will be on the line in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1). The following day, the Norfolk Stakes (G2) will award this year’s first automatic qualifying spot in the US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1).   

The Challenge Series returns to Ascot on July 23 for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes (G1) for another automatic berth into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. In its rich history, Daylami (IRE), Conduit (IRE), Highland Reel (IRE) and Enable (GB) have won both the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. 

Four days after the King George, on July 27, Goodwood Racecourse will host the Sussex Stakes (G1), which will give the winner an invitation into the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile. 

France will host seven Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races this year, and the first two will be at Deauville near the Normandy coast. On Aug. 14, the winner of the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois (G1) will gain an automatic starting position in the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile. On Aug. 21, 2-year-olds will battle for a Win and You’re In berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint in the Darley Prix Morny (G1).      

York Racecourse will host three Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races, headlined by the Juddmonte International Stakes (G1) on Aug. 17, which will be the only European race in the series that offers a Win and You’re In for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic. On Aug. 18, fillies and mares will be in the spotlight in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (G1), with the winner gaining an invitation to the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. On Aug. 19, the winner of the Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes (G1) will earn a free spot in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. 

There will be five Challenge Series races in Ireland over Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown and at The Curragh. On Sept. 10, Leopardstown will host the Coolmore America “Justify” Matron Stakes (G1) (Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf), the KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes (G1) (US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, G1) and the Irish Champion Stakes (G1) (Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf). The following day, Sept 11 at The Curragh, automatic berths will be up for grabs in the Flying Five Stakes (Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint) and in the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) (US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, G1).  

The Challenge Series shifts to Canada for three races at Woodbine on Sept. 17, led by the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) (FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile), the Pattison Summer Stakes (G1) (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf) and the Natalma Stakes (G1) (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf). 

Back in England the following weekend, Newmarket Racecourse will be the scene for 2-year-old automatic qualifiers with the Rockfel Stakes (G2) (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf) on Sept. 23, and the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf) on Sept. 24. 

The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) will be the centerpiece of five Win and You’re In races at ParisLongchamp on Oct. 2. The Arc winner will receive an automatic berth into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. In 2018, Enable became the first horse to win the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf in the same year. 

The four other Win and You’re In races on the Arc de Triomphe card are: Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines (G1) (Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint); Prix de l’Opera Longines (G1) (Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf); Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Legardere (G1) (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf), and the Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac (G1), (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf).   

The international schedule of the 2022 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In concludes on Champions Day at Ascot on Oct. 15 with two races. The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) (G1) will be the final automatic qualifying spot awarded for the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile and the QIPCO Champion Stakes (G1) will be the final Win and You’re In for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf.        

“The Win and You’re In format has been in place since 2007 and provides a fast track to the World Championships through an automatic selection into the race and free entry fees,” said Dora Delgado, Breeders’ Cup Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Officer. ”We look forward to working again with our racetrack partners in conducting the Challenge Series races around the world this year.”  

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