Updated on 04/09/2013 11:55AM

Breeders' Cup releases list of 67 Challenge races for 2013

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Barbara D. Livingston
The 2013 Breeders’ Cup will be held Nov. 1 and 2 at Santa Anita, which played host to the event last year and is among the contenders to host it again next year, too.

A total of 67 stakes races, 48 Grade 1 or Group 1, to be run in 10 countries make up this year’s Win and You’re In qualifying races for the Breeders’ Cup, the Breeders’ Cup announced Monday afternoon.

This year’s Breeders’ Cup, the 30th, will be held Nov. 1 and 2 at Santa Anita, which played host to the event last year and is among the contenders to host it again next year, too.

This is the seventh year of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, popularly known as Win and You’re In because victory in any of the designated races results in a fees-paid berth to the corresponding Breeders’ Cup race. In addition, the Breeders’ Cup will provide travel allowances for all starters who win such races outside of California.

[BREEDERS' CUP CHALLENGE: List of 2013 Win and You're In races]

The first race in this country this year will be the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 15. Victory in that race earns a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, won last year by Fort Larned.

This year’s races will be held in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Australia, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, and South Africa. This year’s series began in January in South Africa, when the 5-year-old Variety Club won the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town and qualified for an automatic starting position in the Breeders’ Cup Mile on turf. The series continues this Saturday at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Australia with the T.J. Smith Stakes for an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

Last year, a record 45 winners of Win and You’re In races participated in the Breeders’ Cup, including BC winners Fort Larned, Wise Dan (Mile), Groupie Doll (Filly and Mare Sprint), Royal Delta (Ladies’ Classic), Shanghai Bobby (Juvenile), Little Mike (Turf), and Calidoscopio (Marathon). Wise Dan secured Horse of the Year with his victory in the Mile.

There are nine new races in the series this year, including the Triple Bend at Betfair Hollywood Park, the Bing Crosby and Pat O’Brien at Del Mar, and the Pocahontas and Iroquois at Churchill Downs.

Correction: A previous version of this article contained an incorrect headline. The number of races in the Breeders' Cup Challenge decreased from 2012 to 2013, from 73 to 67; the size of the series did not increase.

Eddie Smith More than 1 year ago
The table with the qualifying races is nice... but the first entry is a complete bumble. The track is KENILWORTH and it is in SOUTH AFRICA... not KENSINGTON in GREAT BRITAIN.
russell More than 1 year ago
I love the BC and SA is a great place I've been to many times but bring the Cup back to Belmont Park. Its long overdue. Like Wayne Lukas said 30 years ago; "Its the fairest track in the country"
nicola c More than 1 year ago
Im going this year never been to a U.S racetrack or to Calli so im expecting good things it cant com quick enough, only thing im not looking forward to is the 15 hour flight.
John More than 1 year ago
Hey Nicola, get here a bit early, tons to see in California, within a 2 hrs drive you can be in the Mts , then off to the great beach's ! Take a ride down to Del Mar, the jewel of summer racing in California..........stop at Solana Beach, eat along highway 101 with all us California beach bums .. We welcome you with open arms and smiling sunburned faces !
martymar . More than 1 year ago
Canadian International is no longer on the list posted, was it removed ?
Eddie Smith More than 1 year ago
Horses who point to the Canadian Intl typically have no desire to run in the BC. It's for horses not nominated to BC who want to run for 1.5 million or Euros who want to run on a more forgiving track in gentler weather. i
martymar . More than 1 year ago
maybe you should read the qustion before you respond. I didn't ask whether or not euros would run in Breeders Cup
Al More than 1 year ago
No mention in the article that races such as the Metropolitan Handicap, Canadian International, Delaware Handicap, E.P. Taylor Stakes, Hopeful Stakes, Del Mar Futurity among others are not apart of the series in 2013. The G1 Pat O'Brien at 6F on Polytrack at DM counts as a Turf Sprint qualifier and two dirt mile qualifiers are 7F events, makes me wonder if they are planning to chuck that race after this year.
Daniel More than 1 year ago
The Pat O'Brien AND the Bing Crosby? And both for the dirt mile? You could at least make the Bing Crosby for the sprint, it is 6 Furlongs after all? Haskell gets the shaft again (I understand last year with the ownership issues at MTH), but also no Travers?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, after all, 3-year-old racing in California is much better in the summer than at Monmouth or Saratoga. Besides, New York doesn't have championship-quality racing in the summertime. [/sarcasm]
Todd More than 1 year ago
I am done with the Breeder's Cup now that they have essentially transformed it into a California-exclusive event. I didn't watch a second of it last year, nor did I wager a dime and I will do the same this year. And believe me, it is a petty hard thing to alienate this horse racing fan but congrats Breeder's Cup, you managed to do it!
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Todd as a person with roots on both coasts and the middle "coast", I feel your pain. I suspect that now that the Breeder's cup is going global full bore so to speak. And so on their behalf allow me to mediate and say that they would appreciate it if you would be patriotic and support the Breeder's Cup as a Global event which also happens to be a National event. :-)) We've gotta support if we're going to give Dubai a run for their money! Cheers to Todd, and Hip Hip Hooray!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The BC has nothing to do with patriotism. It has, however, everything to do with favoring California over 49 other states and Canada, many of whom have championship-quality racing over the course of a year that is of a much fairer and higher standard than that of California.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree. The Californiazation of the Breeders Cup is leading to the Californicationing-over of the racing fans in 49 other states. It's not much of a World Championship if you continually give a home-field advantage to horses based in California, where the racing is often weaker than in other parts of the country.
Andy Adinolfi More than 1 year ago
No truth as yet to the rumor that Breeders Cup races will become "Win and You're In" races for QIPCO Champions Weekend in Europe...
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
The Pocahontas and Iroquois must be changing dates. They are currently run just a week before the Breeders Cup. No automatic berths should be given until at least August.
W.G. More than 1 year ago
Churchill Downs has a new September meet this year that will be 12 days of three-day-a-week racing from the weekend after Labor Day until the start of Keeneland's traditional fall meet (Churchill is running what had been Turfway's fall dates as Turfway can't afford to pay the purses Churchill does). The Pochahontas and Iroquois are among stakes likely being moved from the traditional fall meet to the new September meet.
John Smith More than 1 year ago
Add to that, Al, no Parx Cotillion or PA Derby? Two million dollar races along with the DE Handicap? Another East Coast shaft-job by the BC
J.a. Section More than 1 year ago
NO three year old only races are "Win and In" to the BC. As for the Delaware Handicap, good question there, but the Personal Ensign and Beldame are both "win and in" so you can't say anti-east coast bias at all.