03/22/2012 9:58AM

Breeders' Cup Challenge expanded to 73 races

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The Breeders’ Cup Challenge, a series of stakes races that provide the winners with guaranteed berths in one of the 15 races held during the organization’s year-end event, will be expanded from 68 races last year to 73 races this year, the Breeders’ Cup announced Thursday morning.

Thirteen races were added to the series schedule this year, including seven races outside of North America, while eight races were dropped, including four from outside North America. Additions to this year’s schedule include the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs, which will guarantee the winner a spot in the $5 million Classic, and the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga, which will guarantee a spot in the Ladies’ Classic. The deletions include the Haskell Invitational Stakes, a Grade 1 race for 3-year-olds at Monmouth that is facing an uncertain future this year.

The five-race expansion this year builds on steady growth in the size of the series, which was launched in 2007 as a way to provide incentives for stakes winners to point to Breeders’ Cup races. When the series was first implemented, it included 24 races, all in North America. Races have been added to the series every year since it was launched.

Horses that win one of the 73 races are provided a guaranteed spot in the starting gate for one of the races, and their starting fees are waived. In addition, horses that win a North American Challenge race receive a $10,000 travel allowance, while horses that win one of the 21 races held at overseas locations will receive a $20,000 travel allowance.

The Breeders’ Cup also will pay $10,000 to the foal nominator of any horse that wins one of the Challenge races, a bonus it instituted along with the travel allowances last year.

In addition to the Stephen Foster and the Personal Ensign, new races this year are: the Group 1 L’Ormains Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth Racecourse in South Africa (which has already been run); the Gran Premio 25 de Mayo at San Isidro in Argentina on May 25; the Group 1 Grosser Pries von Baden from Baden-Baden in Germany; the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont; the Pilgrim Stakes and Miss Grillo Stakes, both Grade 3 races at Belmont Park; the Grade 3 Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland; the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes and Group 3 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket; the Group 2 Beresford Stakes at The Curragh in Ireland; and the Group 1 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp.

In addition to the Haskell, the races that were dropped are the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in England; the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh; the Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar; the Group 2 Prix Niel at Longchamp; the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket; the Grade 1 Ruffian Stakes at Saratoga; and the Grade 2 With Anticipation Stakes, also at Saratoga, according to the Breeders’ Cup.

Last year, 35 winners of the 68 Challenge races started in the Breeders’ Cup’s year-end event.

Date Track Race Grade Distance Age Division Area
1/7/2012 KEN L'Ormarins Queen's Plate I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Mile South Africa
4/14/2012 RAN Darley T.J. Smith Stakes I 6 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Sprint Australia
4/21/2012 RAN BMW Doncaster Mile I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Mile Australia
5/25/2012 SIS Gran Premio 25 de Mayo I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Argentina
5/28/2012 BEL Metropolitan Mile Handicap I 1 Mile 3 YO & UP Dirt Mile New York
6/16/2012 CD Stephen Foster H. I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP Classic Kentucky
6/23/2012 PAL Clasico Belgrano II 1 1/2 Miles 3 YO & UP Marathon Argentina
6/24/2012 HSN Takarazuka Kinen I 1 3/8 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Japan
6/24/2012 STC Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 4 YO & UP Turf France
6/30/2012 Hol Shoemaker Mile I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Mile California
7/1/2012 CUR Stobart Ireland Pretty Polly Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Filly & Mare Turf Ireland
7/7/2012 CRC Smile Sprint Handicap II 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP Sprint Florida
7/7/2012 HOL Hollywood Gold Cup I 1 1/4 Miles (AWT) 3 YO & UP Classic California
7/7/2012 MTH United Nations Stakes I 1 3/8 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Turf New Jersey
7/14/2012 DEL Delaware Handicap II 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP Ladies' Classic Delaware
7/14/2012 PRX Greenwood Cup Handicap III 1 1/2 Miles 3 YO & UP Marathon Pennsylvania
7/14/2012 HOL A Gleam Invitational Handicap II 7 Furlongs (AWT) 3 YO & UP Filly & Mare Sprint California
7/21/2012 ASC King George VI& Queen Elizabeth Stakes Sponsored by Betfair I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Turf United Kingdom
7/28/2012 DMR San Diego Handicap II 1 1/16 Miles (AWT) 3 YO & UP Dirt Mile California
8/4/2012 DMR Clement L. Hirsch Handicap I 1 1/16 Miles (AWT) 3 YO & UP Ladies' Classic California
8/4/2012 SAR Whitney Handicap I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP Classic New York
8/12/2012 DEA Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le Marois I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Mile France
8/18/2012 AP Arlington Million I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Illinois
8/18/2012 AP Beverly D. Stakes I 1 3/16 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Filly & Mare Turf Illinois
8/24/2012 SAR Ballerina Stakes I 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP Filly & Mare Sprint New York
8/24/2012 YOR Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes I 5 Furlongs (T) 2 YO & UP Turf Sprint United Kingdom
8/25/2012 DMR Del Mar Handicap II 1 3/8 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Turf California
8/26/2012 DMR TVG Pacific Classic I 1 1/4 Miles (AWT) 3 YO & UP Classic California
8/26/2012 SAR Personal Ensign H. I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP Ladies' Classic New York
9/2/2012 BAD Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Germany
9/3/2012 PRX Turf Monster Handicap III 5 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Sprint Pennsylvania
9/3/2012 SAR Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes II 7 Furlongs 2 YO Juvenile New York
9/5/2012 DMR Del Mar Futurity I 7 Furlongs (AWT) 2 YO Juvenile California
9/8/2012 LEO Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Ireland
9/9/2012 CUR Moyglare Stud Stakes I 7 Furlongs (T) 2 YO Juvenile Fillies Turf Ireland
9/15/2012 WO Natalma Stakes II 1 Mile (T) 2 YO Juvenile Fillies Turf Ontario
9/15/2012 WO Summer Stakes presented by TVG II 1 Mile (T) 2 YO Juvenile Turf Ontario
9/16/2012 WO Ricoh Woodbine Mile I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Mile Ontario
9/22/2012 BEL Gallant Bloom H. II 6 1/2 Furlongs 3 YO & UP Filly & Mare Sprint New York
9/28/2012 NEW Shadwell Fillies' Mile I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO Juvenile Fillies Turf United Kingdom
9/29/2012 BEL Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Turf New York
9/29/2012 BEL Vosburgh Invitational Stakes I 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP Sprint New York
9/29/2012 NEW Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes II 1 Mile (T) 2 YO Juvenile Turf United Kingdom
9/29/2012 BEL TVG Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP Classic New York
9/29/2012 SA FrontRunner Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO Juvenile California
9/29/2012 SA Zenyatta Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 3 YO & UP Ladies' Classic California
9/29/2012 SA Awesome Again Stakes I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP Classic California
9/29/2012 BEL Kelso Handicap II 1 Mile 3 YO & UP Dirt Mile New York
9/29/2012 BEL Beldame Stakes Invitational I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP Ladies' Classic New York
9/29/2012 SA Rodeo Drive Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Filly & Mare Turf California
9/29/2012 BEL Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Filly & Mare Turf New York
9/30/2012 CUR Juddmonte Beresford II 1 Mile (T) 2 YO Juvenile Turf Ireland
9/30/2012 SA Chandelier Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO Juvenile Fillies California
10/5/2012 KEE Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes III 6 Furlongs (AWT) 3 YO & UP Sprint Kentucky
10/5/2012 KEE Darley Alcibiades Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles (AWT) 2 YO Juvenile Fillies Kentucky
10/6/2012 BEL Frizette Stakes I 1 Mile 2 YO Juvenile Fillies New York
10/6/2012 KEE Dixiana Breeders' Futurity I 1 1/16 Miles (AWT) 2 YO Juvenile Kentucky
10/6/2012 KEE Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes II 6 Furlongs (AWT) 3 YO & UP Filly & Mare Sprint Kentucky
10/6/2012 KEE Shadwell Turf MileStakes I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP Mile Kentucky
10/6/2012 SA Ancient Title Stakes I 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP Sprint California
10/6/2012 BEL Foxwoods Champagne Stakes I 1 Mile 2 YO Juvenile New York
10/7/2012 LCH Longines Prix de L'Opera I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Filly & Mare Turf France
10/7/2012 LCH Qatar Prix de la Foret I 7 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP Mile France
10/7/2012 LCH Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere I 7 Furlongs (T) 2 YO Juvenile Turf France
10/7/2012 BEL Miss Grillo S. III 1 1/16 Miles (T) 2 YO Juvenile Fillies Turf New York
10/7/2012 KEE Bourbon S. III 1 1/16 Miles (T) 2 YO Juvenile Turf Kentucky
10/7/2012 KEE Juddmonte Spinster Stakes I 1 1/8 Miles (AWT) 3 YO & UP Ladies' Classic Kentucky
10/7/2012 BEL Pilgrim S. III 1 1/16 Miles (T) 2 YO Juvenile Turf New York
10/11/2012 KEE J. P. Morgan Chase Jessamine Stakes III 1 1/16 Miles (T) 2 YO Juvenile Fillies Turf Kentucky
10/13/2012 NEW EMAAR Middle Park S. I 6 Furlongs (T) 2 YO Juvenile Sprint United Kingdom
10/14/2012 WO Nearctic Stakes I 6 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Sprint Ontario
10/14/2012 WO E.P. Taylor Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Filly & Mare Turf Ontario
10/14/2012 WO Pattison Canadian International Stakes I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP Turf Ontario

 

Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Well NY, I hope you are happy! Big loss for fans to IHA scratched. You screwed yourself economically. So unnecessary !! You ruined a horse, a jockey, a whole team bc of negative press re O'Neill. You ruined a TC possibility. It was up to you NY. You did not serve the sport well.