The 2019 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 Santa Anita Park 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 2019 the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series consists of 86 races held in 11 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 2019 Challenge Series “win & you’re in” races and winners:

December 2018-19 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Dec. 15Gran Premio International Carlos PellegriniSan Isidro Racecourse ArgentinaLongines TurfIl Mercato

January 2019 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Jan. 5Cartier Paddock StakesKenilworth RacecourseSouth AfricaFilly & Mare TurfOh Susanna (AUS)
Jan. 5L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Kenilworth RacecourseSouth AfricaMileDo It Again (SAF)

February 2019 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Feb. 17February StakesTokyo RacecourseJapanClassicInti (JPN)

May 2019 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
May 1Gran Premio CriadoresPalermoArgentinaLongines DistaffEntropia (ARG)
May 26Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella Club Hípico de SantiagoChileMileTamburo Di Oro
May 27Shoemaker Mile S.Santa Anita ParkUnited StatesMileBolo

June 2019 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Jun. 2Yasuda KinenTokyo Racecourse
Indy Champ
Jun. 8Ogden Phipps Stakes
Belmont Park
United StatesLongines Distaff
Midnight Bisou
Jun. 8Jaipur Invitational StakesBelmont ParkUnited StatesTurf SprintWorld of Trouble
Jun. 8Runhappy Metropolitan HandicapBelmont ParkUnited StatesBig Ass Fans Dirt MileMitole
Jun. 9Gran Premio BrasilHipódromo da GáveaBrazilLongines TurfGeorge Washington (BRZ)
Jun. 15Stephen Foster HandicapChurchill DownsUnited StatesClassicSeeking the Soul
Jun. 15Fleur de Lis HandicapChurchill DownsUnited StatesLongines DistaffElate Lands
Jun. 18Queen Anne StakesAscot RacecourseUnited KingdomMileLord Glitters
Jun. 19Prince of Wales's StakesAscot RacecourseUnited KingdomLongines TurfCrystal Ocean
Jun. 20Norfolk StakesAscot RacecourseUnited KingdomJuvenile Turf SprintA'Ali
Jun. 22Diamond Jubilee StakesAscot RacecourseUnited KingdomTurf SprintBlue Point
Jun. 23Takarazuka KinenHanshin RacecourseJapanLongines TurfLys Gracieux
Jun. 29Princess Rooney StakesGulfstream ParkUnited StatesFilly & Mare SprintStormy Embrace
Jun. 30Gran Premio PamplonaHipódromo de MonterricoPeruFilly & Mare TurfGracia Davina

July 2019 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Jul. 6John A. Nerud StakesBelmont ParkUnited StatesTwinSpires SprintPromises Fulfilled
Jul. 20Haskell InvitationalMonmouth ParkUnited StatesClassicMaximum Security
Jul. 27Bing Crosby StakesDel Mar
United StatesTwinSpires SprintCistron
Jul. 27King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCOAscot
United KingdomLongines TurfEnable
Jul. 28Clement L. Hirsch Stakes
Del Mar
United StatesLongines DistaffOllie's Candy
Jul. 31Qatar Sussex Stakes Goodwood RacecourseUnited KingdomMileToo Darn Hot (GB)

August 2019 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Aug. 3The WhitneySaratogaUnited StatesClassicMcKinzie
Aug. 10Beverly D. StakesArlington ParkUnited StatesFilly & Mare TurfSistercharlie (IRE)
Aug. 10Arlington MillionArlington ParkUnited StatesLongines TurfBricks and Mortar
Aug. 10Fourstardave HandicapSaratogaUnited StatesMileGot Stormy
Aug. 11Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le MaroisDeauvilleFranceMileRomanised (IRE)
Aug. 17Del Mar Handicap Presented by the Japan Racing AssociationDel MarUnited StatesLongines Turfn/a
Aug. 17TVG Pacific ClassicDel MarUnited StatesClassicn/a
Aug. 18Darley Prix MornyDeauvilleFranceJuvenile Turf Sprintn/a
Aug. 21Juddmonte International StakesYorkUnited KingdomLongines Turfn/a
Aug. 22Darley Yorkshire OaksYorkUnited KingdomFilly & Mare Turfn/a
Aug. 23Coolmore Nunthorpe StakesYorkUnited KingdomTurf Sprintn/a
Aug. 24Personal Ensign HandicapSaratogaUnited StatesLongines Distaffn/a
Aug. 24Ketel One Ballerina StakesSaratogaUnited StatesFilly & Mare Sprintn/a
Aug. 24Sword Dancer Invitational StakesSaratogaUnited StatesLongines Turfn/a
Aug. 24Pat O'Brien StakesDel MarUnited StatesDirt Milen/a

September 2019 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Sep. 7Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Kentucky DownsUnited StatesTurf Sprintn/a
Sep. 7Jockey Club DerbyBelmont ParkUnited StatesLongines Turfn/a
Sep. 14Iroquois StakesChurchill DownsUnited StatesSentient Jet Juvenilen/a
Sep. 14Pocahontas StakesChurchill DownsUnited StatesJuvenile Filliesn/a
Sep. 14KPMG Champions Juvenile StakesLeopardstownIrelandJuvenile Turfn/a
Sep. 14The Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron StakesLeopardstownIrelandFilly & Mare Turfn/a
Sep. 14QIPCO Irish Champion StakesLeopardstownIrelandLongines Turfn/a
Sep. 14Ricoh Woodbine MileWoodbineCanadaMilen/a
Sep. 15Derrinstown Stud Flying Five StakesCurragh RacecourseIrelandTurf Sprintn/a
Sep. 15Moyglare Stud StakesCurragh RacecourseIrelandJuvenile Fillies Turfn/a
Sep. 15Natalma StakesWoodbineCanadaJuvenile Fillies Turfn/a
Sep. 15Summer StakesWoodbineCanadaJuvenile Turfn/a
Sep. 21Cotillion StakesParx RacingUnited StatesLongines Distaffn/a
Sep. 27Shadwell RockfelNewmarketUnited KingdomJuvenile Fillies Turfn/a
Sep. 27American Pharoah StakesSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesSentient Jet Juvenilen/a
Sep. 27Chandelier StakesSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesJuvenile Filliesn/a
Sep. 28Rodeo Drive StakesSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesFilly & Mare Turfn/a
Sep. 28Awesome Again StakesSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesClassicn/a
Sep. 28Vosburgh Invitational StakesBelmont ParkUnited StatesTwinSpires Sprintn/a
Sep. 28Jockey Gold Cup StakesBelmont ParkUnited StatesClassicn/a
Sep. 28Juddmonte Royal Lodge StakesNewmarketUnited KingdomJuvenile Turfn/a
Sep. 29Zenyatta StakesSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesLongines Distaffn/a
Sep. 29Sprinters StakesNakayama RacecourseJapanTurf Sprintn/a

October 2019 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

DateRace NameTrackCountryDivisionWinner
Oct. 4Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix StakesKeenelandUnited StatesTwinSpires Sprintn/a
Oct. 4Darley Alcibiades StakesKeenelandUnited StatesJuvenile Filliesn/a
Oct. 5First Lady StakesKeenelandUnited StatesFilly & Mare Turfn/a
Oct. 5Thoroughbred Club of America StakesKeenelandUnited StatesFilly & Mare Sprintn/a
Oct. 5Claiborne Breeders' FuturityKeenelandUnited StatesSentient Jet Juvenilen/a
Oct. 5Shadwell Turf Mile StakesKeenelandUnited StatesMilen/a
Oct. 5Champagne StakesBelmont ParkUnited StatesSentient Jet Juvenilen/a
Oct. 5Santa Anita Sprint ChampionshipSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesTwinSpires Sprintn/a
Oct. 6The FuturityBelmont ParkUnited StatesJuvenile Turf Sprintn/a
Oct. 6Frizette StakesBelmont ParkUnited StatesJuvenile Filliesn/a
Oct. 6Flower Bowl Invitational StakesBelmont ParkUnited StatesFilly & Mare Turfn/a
Oct. 6Speakeasy StakesSanta Anita ParkUnited StatesJuvenile Turf Sprintn/a
Oct. 6Total Prix Marcel BoussacParisLongchamp RacecourseFranceJuvenile Fillies Turfn/a
Oct. 6Qatar Prix Jean-Luc LagardereParisLongchamp RacecourseFranceJuvenile Turfn/a
Oct. 6Qatar Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe ParisLongchamp RacecourseFranceLongines Turf n/a
Oct. 6Longines Prix de L'OperaParisLongchamp RacecourseFranceFilly & Mare Turfn/a
Oct. 6Prix de L'Abbaye de Longchamp Longines ParisLongchamp RacecourseFranceTurf Sprint n/a
Oct. 6Indian Summer StakesKeenelandUnited StatesJuvenile Turf Sprintn/a
Oct. 6Juddmonte Spinster StakesKeenelandUnited StatesLongines Distaffn/a
Oct. 6Dixiana Bourbon StakesKeenelandUnited StatesJuvenile Turfn/a
Oct. 9JP Morgan Chase Jessamine StakesKeenelandUnited StatesJuvenile Fillies Turfn/a