The 2017 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series

2017 Breeders' Cup Challenge SeriesAdding to the truly international appeal of the Breeders’ Cup, the Challenge Series offers a means of qualifying for some of the $28m in total prize money up for grabs at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in early November. The Challenge Series takes place through a collection of “win and you’re in” races held around the world throughout the year.

Founded in 2007 with 24 races held in two countries, in 2017 the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series consists of 81 races held in 13 different countries in 6 continents. The Breeders’ Cup pays the entry fees for all winners of Challenge Series races, in addition to up to $10,000 in travel expenses for thoroughbreds based in North America (excluding those based in California) and up to $40,000 in travel expenses for thoroughbreds from other continents.

Below is a breakdown of the 2017 Challenge Series “win & you’re in” races and winners (last update: October 11th, 2017):


January 2017 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Jan. 7 L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Kenilworth RacecourseSouth AfricaMileLegal Eagle (SAF)
Jan. 7Maine Chance Farms Paddock StakesKenilworth RacecourseSouth AfricaFilly & Mare Turf Bela-Bela (SAF)

February 2017 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Feb. 19February StakesTokyo RacecourseJapanClassicGold Dream (JPN)

April 2017 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Apr. 1The Star Doncaster MileRandwick RacecourseAustraliaMileIt's Somewhat
Apr. 1Darley T. J. Smith StakesRandwick RacecourseAustraliaTurf SprintChautauqua (AUS)
Apr. 8Coolmore Legacy Queen of the Turf StakesRandwick RacecourseAustraliaFilly & Mare TurfFoxplay (AUS)

May 2017 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
May 1Gran Premio CriadoresPalermoArgentinaLongines DistaffKiriaki (ARG)
May 25Gran Premio 25 de MayoSan IsidroArgentinaLongines TurfOrdak Dan (ARG)
May 28Gran Premio Club Hipico FalabellaClub Hípico de SantiagoChileMileTop Casablanca (CHI)

June 2017 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Jun. 3Shoemaker MileSanta Anita Park
United StatesMile
Bal a Bali (BRZ)
Jun. 4Yasuda Kinen
Tokyo Racecourse
JapanMile
Satono Aladdin (JPN)
Jun. 10Ogden Phipps Stakes
Belmont Park
United StatesLongines Distaff
Songbird
Jun. 10Metropolitan HandicapBelmont ParkUnited StatesLas Vegas Dirt MileMor Spirit
Jun. 11Gran Premio BrasilHipódromo da GáveaBrazilLongines TurfVoador Magee (BRZ)
Jun. 17Stephen Foster H.Churchill DownsUnited StatesClassicGun Runner
Jun. 17Fleur de Lis HandicapChurchill DownsUnited StatesLongines DistaffForever Unbridled
Jun. 25Takarazuka KinenHanshin RacecourseJapanLongines TurfSatono Crown (JPN)
Jun. 25Gran Premio PamplonaHipódromo de MonterricoPeruFilly & Mare TurfBirdie Gold

July 2017 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Jul. 1Princess Rooney HandicapGulfstream Park

United StatesFilly & Mare Sprint
Curlin's Approval
Jul. 1Smile Sprint HandicapGulfstream Park
United StatesTwinSpires SprintImperial Hint
Jul. 2Highlander Stakes
Woodbine Racetrack
CanadaTurf Sprint
Green Mask
Jul. 8Belmont Sprint ChampionshipBelmont ParkUnited StatesTwinSpires SprintMind Your Biscuits
Jul. 29Bing Crosby StakesDel Mar
United StatesTwinSpires SprintRansom the Moon
Jul. 29King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCOAscot
United KingdomLongines TurfEnable (GB)
Jul. 30Haskell InvitationalMonmouth ParkUnited StatesClassicGirvin
Jul. 30Clement L. Hirsch Handicap
Del Mar
United StatesLongines DistaffStellar Wind

August 2017 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Aug. 2Qatar Sussex StakesGoodwoodUnited KingdomMileHere Comes When (IRE)
Aug. 5The WhitneySaratogaUnited StatesClassicGun Runner
Aug. 12Beverly D. StakesArlington ParkUnited StatesFilly & Mare TurfDacita (CHI)
Aug. 12Arlington MillionArlington ParkUnited StatesLongines TurfBeach Patrol
Aug. 13Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le MaroisDeauvilleFranceMileAl Wukair (IRE)
Aug. 19TVG Pacific ClassicDel MarUnited StatesClassicCollected
Aug. 19Del Mar Handicap Presented by the Japan Racing AssociationDel MarUnited StatesLongines TurfHunt (IRE)
Aug. 23Juddmonte International StakesYorkUnited KingdomLongines TurfUlysses (IRE)
Aug. 24Darley Yorkshire OaksYorkUnited KingdomFilly & Mare TurfEnable (GB)
Aug. 25Coolmore Nunthorpe StakesYorkUnited KingdomTurf SprintMarsha (IRE)
Aug. 26Personal Ensign H.SaratogaUnited StatesLongines DistaffForever Unbridled
Aug. 26Ballerina StakesSaratogaUnited StatesFilly & Mare SprintBy the Moon
Aug. 26Priority One Jets Forego StakesSaratogaUnited StatesLas Vegas Dirt MileDrefong
Aug. 26Sword Dancer Invitational StakesSaratogaUnited StatesLongines TurfSadler's Joy
Aug. 26Pat O'Brien StakesDel MarUnited StatesLas Vegas Dirt MileGiant Expectations

September 2017 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
2-SepT. Von Zastrow StutenpreisBaden BadenGermanyFilly & Mare TurfAshiana
2-SepSpinaway StakesSaratogaUnited States14 Hands Winery Juvenile FilliesLady Ivanka
3-SepLongines Grosser Preis Von BadenBaden BadenGermanyLongines TurfGuignol
9-SepWillis Towers Watson Champions Juvenile StakesLeopardstownIrelandJuvenile TurfNelson
9-SepThe Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron StakesLeopardstownIrelandFilly & Mare TurfHydrangea
9-SepQIPCO Irish Champion StakesLeopardstownIrelandLongines TurfDecorated Knight
10-SepDerrinstown Stud Flying Five StakesCurragh RacecourseIrelandTurf SprintCaravaggio
10-SepMoyglare Stud StakesCurragh RacecourseIrelandJuvenile Fillies TurfHappily
16-SepIroquois StakesChurchill DownsUnited StatesSentient Jet JuvenileThe Tabulator
16-SepRicoh Woodbine MileWoodbineCanadaMileWorld Approval
16-SepPocahontas StakesChurchill DownsUnited States14 Hands Winery Juvenile FilliesPatrona Margarita
17-SepNatalma StakesWoodbineCanadaJuvenile Fillies TurfCapla Temptress
17-SepSummer StakesWoodbineCanadaJuvenile TurfUntamed Domain
29-SepShadwell RockfelNewmarketUnited KingdomJuvenile Fillies TurfJuliet Capulet
30-SepJuddmonte Royal Lodge StakesNewmarketUnited KingdomJuvenile TurfRoaring Lion
30-SepVosburgh Invitational StakesBelmont ParkUnited StatesTwinSpires SprintTakaful
30-SepFrontRunner StakesSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesSentient Jet JuvenileBolt d’Oro
30-SepJoe Hirsch Turf Classic InvitationalBelmont ParkUnited StatesLongines TurfBeach Patrol
30-SepZenyatta StakesSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesLongines DistaffParadise Woods
30-SepChandelier StakesSanta Anita ParkUnited States14 Hands Winery Juvenile FilliesMoonshine Memories
30-SepRodeo Drive StakesSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesFilly & Mare TurfAvenge
30-SepAwesome Again StakesSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesClassicMubtaahij

October 2017 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
1-OctSprinters StakesNakayamaJapanTurf SprintRed Falx
1-OctTotal Prix Marcel BoussacChantillyFranceJuvenile Fillies TurfWild Illusion
1-OctQatar Prix Jean-Luc LagardereChantillyFranceJuvenile TurfHappily
1-OctLongines Prix de L'OperaChantillyFranceFilly & Mare TurfRhododendron
6-OctStoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix StakesKeenelandUnited StatesTwinSpires SprintWhitmore
6-OctDarley Alcibiades StakesKeenelandUnited States14 Hands Winery Juvenile FilliesA Heavenly Love
7-OctFirst Lady StakesKeenelandUnited StatesFilly & Mare TurfZipessa
7-OctFrizette StakesBelmont ParkUnited States14 Hands Winery Juvenile FilliesSeparationofpowers
7-OctJockey Club Gold Cup InvitationalBelmont ParkUnited StatesClassicDiversify
7-OctThoroughbred Club of America StakesKeenelandUnited StatesFilly & Mare SprintFinely’sluckycharm
7-OctClaiborne Breeders' FuturityKeenelandUnited StatesSentient Jet JuvenileFree Drop Billy
7-OctShadwell Turf Mile StakesKeenelandUnited StatesMileSuedois
7-OctSanta Anita Sprint ChampionshipSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesTwinSpires SprintRoy H
8-OctFlower Bowl Invitational StakesBelmont ParkUnited StatesFilly & Mare TurfWar Flag
8-OctFoxwoods Champagne StakesBelmont ParkUnited StatesSentient Jet JuvenileFirenze Fire
8-OctDixiana Bourbon StakesKeenelandUnited StatesJuvenile TurfFlameaway
8-OctJuddmonte Spinster StakesKeenelandUnited StatesLongines DistaffRomantic Vision
11-OctJP Morgan Chase Jessamine StakesKeenelandUnited StatesJuvenile Fillies TurfRushing Fall