The 2018 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 $30m in total prize money up for grabs at Churchill Downs 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 2018 the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series consists of 85 races held in 12 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 2018 Challenge Series “win & you’re in” races and winners (last update: October 8th, 2018):


January 2018 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Jan. 6Cartier Paddock StakesKenilworth RacecourseSouth AfricaFilly & Mare TurfOh Susanna (AUS)
Jan. 6L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Kenilworth RacecourseSouth AfricaMileLegal Eagle (SAF)

February 2018 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Feb. 18February StakesTokyo RacecourseJapanClassicNonkono Yume (JPN)

April 2018 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Apr. 7The Star Doncaster MileRandwick RacecourseAustraliaMileHappy Clapper
Apr. 14Coolmore Legacy StakesRandwick RacecourseAustraliaFilly & Mare TurfAlizee (AUS)

May 2018 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
May 1Gran Premio CriadoresPalermoArgentinaLongines DistaffSinfonia Fantastica (ARG)
May 21Gran Premio Club Hipico FalabellaClub Hípico de SantiagoChileMileNuevo Maestro (CHI)
May 25Gran Premio 25 de MayoSan IsidroArgentinaLongines TurfLa Extrana Dama (ARG)
May 28Shoemaker Mile S.Santa Anita ParkUnited StatesMileHunt (IRE)

June 2018 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Jun. 3Yasuda Kinen
Tokyo Racecourse
JapanMile
Mozu Ascot
Jun. 9Ogden Phipps Stakes
Belmont Park
United StatesLongines Distaff
Abel Tasman
Jun. 9Jaipur Invitational StakesBelmont ParkUnited StatesTurf SprintDisco Partner
Jun. 9Runhappy Metropolitan HandicapBelmont ParkUnited StatesDirt MileBee Jersey
Jun. 10Gran Premio BrasilHipódromo da GáveaBrazilLongines TurfQuarteto De Cordas (BRZ)
Jun. 16Stephen Foster HandicapChurchill DownsUnited StatesClassicPavel
Jun. 16 Fleur de Lis HandicapChurchill DownsUnited StatesLongines Distaff Blue Prize (ARG)
Jun. 19Queen Anne StakesAscot RacecourseUnited KingdomMileAccidental Agent (GB)
Jun. 20Prince of Wales's StakesAscot RacecourseUnited KingdomLongines TurfPoet's Word (IRE)
Jun. 21Norfolk StakesAscot RacecourseUnited KingdomJuvenile Turf SprintShang Shang Shang
Jun. 23Diamond Jubilee StakesAscot RacecourseUnited KingdomTurf SprintMerchant Navy (AUS)
Jun. 24Gran Premio PamplonaHipódromo de MonterricoPeruFilly & Mare TurfSmart Choice (ARG)
Jun. 24Takarazuka KinenHanshin RacecourseJapanLongines TurfMikki Rocket (JPN)
Jun. 30Highlander StakesWoodbine RacetrackUnited StatesTurf SprintLong On Value
Jun. 30Princess Rooney HandicapGulfstream ParkUnited StatesFilly & Mare SprintStormy Embrace

July 2018 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Jul. 7Belmont Sprint ChampionshipBelmont ParkUnited StatesTwinSpires SprintLimousine Liberal
Jul. 28Bing Crosby StakesDel Mar
United StatesTwinSpires SprintLightning Spear
Jul. 28King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCOAscot
United KingdomLongines TurfWinx
Jul. 29Haskell InvitationalMonmouth ParkUnited StatesClassicGood Magic
Jul. 29Clement L. Hirsch Stakes
Del Mar
United StatesLongines DistaffUnique Bella

August 2018 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Aug. 1Qatar Sussex StakesGoodwoodUnited KingdomMileLightning Spear
Aug. 4The WhitneySaratogaUnited StatesClassicDiversify
Aug. 11Beverly D. StakesArlington ParkUnited StatesFilly & Mare TurfSistercharlie
Aug. 11Arlington MillionArlington ParkUnited StatesLongines TurfRobert Bruce
Aug. 12Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le MaroisDeauvilleFranceMileAlpha Centauri
Aug. 18Del Mar Handicap Presented by the Japan Racing AssociationDel MarUnited StatesLongines TurfFashion Business
Aug. 18TVG Pacific ClassicDel MarUnited StatesClassicAccelerate
Aug. 22Juddmonte International StakesYorkUnited KingdomLongines TurfRoaring Lion
Aug. 23Darley Yorkshire OaksYorkUnited KingdomFilly & Mare TurfSea of Class
Aug. 24Coolmore Nunthorpe StakesYorkUnited KingdomTurf SprintAlpha Delphini
Aug. 25Personal Ensign HandicapSaratogaUnited StatesLongines DistaffAbel Tasman
Aug. 25Ketel One Ballerina StakesSaratogaUnited StatesFilly & Mare SprintMarley's Freedom
Aug. 25Forego StakesSaratogaUnited StatesDirt Mile Whitmore
Aug. 25Sword Dancer Invitational StakesSaratogaUnited StatesLongines TurfGlorious Empire
Aug. 25Pat O'Brien StakesDel MarUnited StatesDirt MileCatalina Crusier

September 2018 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Sep. 1Spinaway StakesSaratogaUnited StatesJuvenile FilliesSippican Harbor
Sep. 15Iroquois StakesChurchill DownsUnited StatesSentient Jet JuvenileCairo Cat
Sep. 15KPMG Champions Juvenile StakesLeopardstownIrelandJuvenile TurfMadhmoon (IRE)
Sep. 15The Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron StakesLeopardstownIrelandFilly & Mare TurfLaurens (FR)
Sep. 15QIPCO Irish Champion StakesLeopardstownIrelandLongines TurfRoaring Lion
Sep. 15Ricoh Woodbine MileWoodbineCanadaMileOscar Performance
Sep. 15Pocahontas StakesChurchill DownsUnited StatesJuvenile FilliesSerengeti Empress
Sep. 16Derrinstown Stud Flying Five StakesCurragh RacecourseIrelandTurf SprintHavana Grey (GB)
Sep. 16Moyglare Stud StakesCurragh RacecourseIrelandJuvenile Fillies TurfSkitter Scatter
Sep. 16Natalma StakesWoodbineCanadaJuvenile Fillies TurfLa Pelosa (IRE)
Sep. 16Summer StakesWoodbineCanadaJuvenile TurfFog of War
Sep. 28Shadwell RockfelNewmarketUnited KingdomJuvenile Fillies TurfJust Wonderful (USA)
Sep. 29Juddmonte Royal Lodge StakesNewmarketUnited KingdomJuvenile TurfMohawk (IRE)
Sep. 29Vosburgh Invitational StakesBelmont ParkUnited StatesTwinSpires SprintImperial Hint
Sep. 29American Pharoah StakesSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesSentient Jet JuvenileGame Winner
Sep. 29Joe Hirsch Turf Classic InvitationalBelmont ParkUnited StatesLongines TurfChannel Maker
Sep. 29Zenyatta StakesSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesLongines DistaffVale Dori
Sep. 29Chandelier StakesSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesJuvenile FilliesBellafina
Sep. 29Rodeo Drive StakesSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesFilly & Mare TurfVasilika
Sep. 29Awesome Again StakesSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesClassicAccelerate
Sep. 29Jockey Gold Cup StakesBelmont ParkUnited StatesClassicDiscreet Lover
Sep. 30Sprinters StakesNakayama RacecourseJapanTurf SprintFine Needle

October 2018 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Oct. 5Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix StakesKeenelandUnited StatesTwinSpires SprintPromises Fulfilled
Oct. 5Darley Alcibiades StakesKeenelandUnited StatesJuvenile FilliesRestless Rider
Oct. 6First Lady StakesKeenelandUnited StatesFilly & Mare TurfA Raving Beauty (GER)
Oct. 6Speakeasy StakesSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesJuvenile Turf SprintIts Gonna Hurt
Oct. 6Thoroughbred Club of America StakesKeenelandUnited StatesFilly & Mare SprintBucchero
Oct. 6Claiborne Breeders' FuturityKeenelandUnited StatesSentient Jet JuvenileKnicks Go
Oct. 6Shadwell Turf Mile StakesKeenelandUnited StatesMileNext Shares
Oct. 6The FuturityBelmont ParkUnited StatesJuvenile Turf SprintUncle Benny
Oct. 6Frizette StakesBelmont ParkUnited StatesJuvenile FilliesJaywalk
Oct. 6Champagne StakesBelmont ParkUnited StatesSentient Jet JuvenileToo Darn Hot
Oct. 6Santa Anita Sprint ChampionshipSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesTwinSpires SprintRoy H
Oct. 7Total Prix Marcel BoussacChantillyFranceJuvenile Fillies TurfLily's Candle
Oct. 7Qatar Prix Jean-Luc LagardereChantillyFranceJuvenile TurfRoyal Marine (IRE)
Oct. 7Indian Summer StakesKeenelandUnited StatesJuvenile Turf SprintStrike Silver
Oct. 7Longines Prix de L'OperaChantillyFranceFilly & Mare TurfWild Illusion
Oct. 7Flower Bowl Invitational StakesBelmont ParkUnited StatesFilly & Mare TurfFourstar Crook
Oct. 7Juddmonte Spinster StakesKeenelandUnited StatesLongines DistaffBlue Prize (ARG)
Oct. 7Dixiana Bourbon StakesKeenelandUnited StatesJuvenile TurfCurrent
Oct. 10JP Morgan Chase Jessamine StakesKeenelandUnited StatesJuvenile Fillies TurfTBD