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Updated on 04/09/2013 10:55AM
Breeders' Cup releases list of 67 Challenge races for 2013
By Jay Privman
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
Canadian International is no longer on the list posted, was it removed ?
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.
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?
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!
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...
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.
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