Breeders’ Cup Introduces ‘Dirt Dozen’ Race Incentive Program 

May 26, 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky. ― The Breeders’ Cup today announced a new incentive-based participation bonus program for horsemen pointing runners to the dirt races in the 2022 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The 12-race program, titled the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Dozen, is comprised of existing graded stakes races scheduled from May through October at six U.S. tracks.

The Dirt Dozen program will award bonus credits, funded by the Breeders’ Cup, for first through third-place finishes, for horsemen to use for entry fees in one of six Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup World Championships dirt races: $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, $2 million Qatar Racing Breeders’ Cup Sprint, $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, $2 million NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, and the $1 million Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

In Breeders’ Cup Dirt Dozen races within the $2 million Breeders’ Cup race divisions, the bonus tier is allocated at $30,000 for first, $15,000 for second, and $7,500 for a third-place finish. In Dirt Dozen races in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup race divisions, the bonus tier will award $15,000 for first, $7,500 for second, and $3,750 for a third-place finish.  

The Dirt Dozen program began on May 7 with the Derby City Distaff presented by Kendall-Jackson Winery (G1) at Churchill Downs. The first three finishers in the race earned a credit earmarked toward entry fees for a potential start in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) or for another Breeders’ Cup World Championships race, based on eligibility. Juddmonte’s Obligatory earned a $15,000 credit for first, Four Graces received a $7,500 credit for second, and Just One Time earned a $3,750 credit for third place. The program continues July 2 with the 1 1/8-mile Fleur de Lis (G2) at Churchill Downs, for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up, and the 6-furlong Smile Handicap (G3) at Gulfstream Park, for 3-year-olds and up.

“In our continuing efforts to support horsemen, the new Dirt Dozen program is an innovative way to provide credits which can be put toward entry fees for runners to compete in the dirt races of the World Championships,” said Dora Delgado, Breeders’ Cup Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Officer. “We look forward to connections taking advantage of the incentives of the Dirt Dozen program and seeing them at Keeneland this November.”

The Dirt Dozen races by division are listed below:

DivisionDateRaceTrackGradeDistance
Dirt Mile7/30/2022San Diego HandicapDel MarGrade II1 1/16 Miles
Dirt MileTBDKelsoBelmontGrade II1 Mile
      
Distaff7/2/2022Fleur De LisChurchill DownsGrade II1 1/8 Miles
Distaff10/2/2022Zenyatta StakesSanta AnitaGrade II1 1/16 Miles
      
Filly & Mare Sprint5/7/2022Derby City DistaffChurchill DownsGrade I7F
Filly & Mare Sprint8/28/2022Rancho BernardoDel MarGrade III6 1/2 F
      
Juvenile9/11/2022Del Mar FuturityDel MarGrade I7F
Juvenile9/17/2022IroquoisChurchill DownsGrade III1 1/16 Miles
      
Juvenile Fillies9/4/2022SpinawaySaratogaGrade I7F
Juvenile Fillies9/17/2022PocahontasChurchill DownsGrade III1 1/16 Miles
      
Sprint7/2/2022Smile HandicapGulfstream ParkGrade III6F
Sprint10/1/2022Santa Anita Sprint ChampionshipSanta AnitaGrade II6F

Further information on rules and participation in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Dozen program is available on the Breeders’ Cup Members site. 

Breeders’ Cup Press Release

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