BREEDERS’ CUP ANNOUNCES CHALLENGE SERIES RACES FOR SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

August 26, 2020

Awesome Again, Preakness Stakes and The Jockey Club Gold Cup Highlight Final “Win and You’re In” Races for Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic;

Irish Champion Stakes and Qatar Prix de l’ Arc Triomphe Lead European Schedule

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2020) — Led by the 145th Preakness Stakes (G1), the Irish Champion Stakes (G1) and Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1), a total of 44 automatic berths into the 37th Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be up for grabs over the next two months as Breeders’ Cup Ltd. today released its schedule of Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races for September and October.

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge, now in its 14th year, is an international series of stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions and fees paid for a corresponding race in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which is scheduled to be held on Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky.

“Win and You’re In” qualifiers will be contested in Brazil, Canada, England, Ireland, France and the U.S. over the September-October time frame, including 27 Grade or Group 1 stakes.  

Among the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series racing highlights are:

  • Three “Win and You’re In” automatic qualifiers for the $7 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), featuring the 145th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico for 3-year-olds on Oct. 3, the first Triple Crown race to be in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series. Bookended around the 1 3/16-mile Preakness are the 1 1/8-mile Awesome Again Stakes (G1) on Sept. 26 at Santa Anita Park and the 1 ¼-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park on Oct. 10.
  • Five Challenge Series races in Ireland on Sept. 12-13 during Irish Champions Weekend. There will be three races at Leopardstown on Sept. 12: the 1 ¼-mile Irish Champion Stakes (G1) for an automatic position in the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), the 1-mile Coolmore America ‘Justify’ Matron Stakes (G1), giving the winner a free position into the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1), and the 1-mile KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes (G2), awarding the winner an automatic qualifying spot into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). On Sept. 13 at The Curragh, automatic berths will be contested in the 5-furlong Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes (G1)for a “Win and You’re In” into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1), and the 7-furlong Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) giving the winner a free berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

The complete Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series schedule can be accessed here.

As part of the enhanced benefits to horsemen competing in the series, Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees and guarantee a starting position in a corresponding Championships race for winners of all Challenge races. The Challenge winner must be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of Oct. 26 to receive the rewards, and those rewards must be used in the year they are earned.

Breeders’ Cup also will provide a $10,000 travel allowance for starters within North America that are stabled outside of Kentucky, and a $40,000 travel stipend to the connections of all Championship starters from outside of North America.

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