06/21/2009 11:00PM

Breeders' Cup adds eight foreign qualifiers


The Breeders' Cup has added eight races in foreign countries to its Win and You're In program, which guarantees the winner a starting position in one of the 14 Breeders' Cup races scheduled this year for Nov. 6-7 at Santa Anita Park in Southern California.

The addition of the foreign races, along with some additions and deletions - mostly from Saratoga - on the domestic racing calendar, bring the number of Win and You're In races to 62 this year, up from 57 last year.

The 62 races will be held at Woodbine in Canada; Longchamp and Deauville in France; the Curragh, Leopardstown, and Dundalk in Ireland; Ascot and Newmarket in England; Moonee Valley in Australia; and Belmont Park, Del Mar, Calder, Arlington Park, Emerald Downs, Delaware Park, Monmouth Park, Philadelphia Park, Turfway Park, Keeneland, and Santa Anita in the U.S.

Eight races that were challenge races last year have not been designated Win and You're In races for 2009, and six of those were held last year at the New York Racing Association's Saratoga Race Course: the Whitney Handicap, the Go for Wand Handicap, the Diana Stakes, the A.G. Vanderbilt Handicap, the Sword Dancer, and the Ballerina. The Jockey Club Gold Cup at NYRA's Belmont Racetrack was also dropped. All of those races are Grade 1 races, with the exception of the Vanderbilt, which is a Grade 2.

Jim Gluckson, a Breeders' Cup spokesman, said the organization had difficulty arranging television coverage during the bulk of the Saratoga meet in August, "so the decision was made to concentrate on the fall races closer to the championship."

Belmont will host six Win and You're In stakes in October. NYRA officials did not respond to requests for comment by late afternoon on Monday.

The eighth race to lose challenge race status, the Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs, will not be run this year, Suffolk announced on Friday.

The new foreign races are the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on June 27, the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Sept. 9, the Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Oct. 17, the Moyglare Stud at the Curragh, the Diamond Stakes at Dundalk, the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Aug. 9, the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley on Sept. 25, and the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp on Oct. 4.

The Breeders' Cup launched the Win and You're In program in 2007 with 25 races at six U.S. racetracks and one race at Sha Tin in Hong Kong. The series was expanded to Europe for the first time last year, with three races at Ascot in Great Britain.

Forty-three of the designated races this year will take place on Labor Day weekend or later. This year, Labor Day is 60 days before the Breeders' Cup.

Only three races will qualify the winner for an automatic berth in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic: the Grade 3 Washington Park Handicap on Sept. 5 at Arlington Park; the Grade 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Sept. 6; and the Grade 1 Goodwood Stakes on Oct. 10 at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.

Five races will qualify winners for the $3 million Turf: the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes on July 4 at Monmouth; the Gradeo1 Arlington Million on Aug. 8 at Arlington; the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap on Aug. 30; the Champion Stakes; and the Grade 1 Canadian International on Oct. 17 at Woodbine.

A complete list of the challenge races is available on the .