Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races

Breeders' Cup Challenge Races schedule includes all racing dates in the United States and the world for the Breeders' Cup World Championships. The Breeders' Cup will be run at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, United States this year for 2018.

The Breeders' Cup World Championships originated back in 1984 to be an end of the year event to wrap up the season of racing for the world's elite race horses. To qualify for the Breeders Cup, horses must enter the "Win and you're in!" Challenge races.

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Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races Schedule 2018

Date Race Grade Distance Age Sex Division Area Winner
01/07/17 L'Ormarins Queen's Plate I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile South Africa Legal Eagle (SAF)
01/07/17 Maine Chance Farms Paddock S. I 1 1/8 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf South Africa Bela-Bela (SAF)
02/19/17 February S. I 1 Mile 4 YO & UP   Classic Japan Gold Dream (JPN)
04/01/17 Darley TJ Smith Stakes I 6 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Sprint Australia Chautauqua (AUS)
04/01/17 The Star Doncaster Mile I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile Australia Somewhat
04/08/17 Coolmore Legacy Queen of the Turf Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Australia Foxplay (AUS)
05/01/17 Gran Premio Criadores I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff Argentina Kiriaki (ARG)
05/25/17 Gran Premio 25 de Mayo I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Argentina Ordak Dan (ARG)
05/28/17 Gran Premio Club Hipico De Santiago Falabella I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile Chile Top Casablanca (CHI)
06/03/17 Shoemaker Mile I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile California Bal a Bali (BRZ)
06/04/17 Yasuda Kinen I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile Japan Satono Aladdin (JPN)
06/10/17 Mohegan Sun Metropolitan H. I 1 Mile 3 YO & UP   Dirt Mile New York Mor Spirit
06/10/17 Ogden Phipps I 1 1/16 Miles 4 YO & UP F & M Distaff New York Songbird
06/11/17 Grande Premio Brasil I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 4 YO & UP   Turf Brazil Voador Magee (BRZ)
06/17/17 Fleur de Lis H. II 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff Kentucky Forever Unbridled
06/17/17 Stephen Foster H. I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic Kentucky Gun Runner
06/25/17 Takarazuka Kinen I 1 3/8 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Japan Satono Crown (JPN)
06/25/17 Gran Premio Pamplona I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Peru Birdie Gold
07/01/17 Princess Rooney H. II 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Sprint Florida Curlin's Approval
07/01/17 Smile Sprint Stakes III 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint Florida Imperial Hint
07/02/17 Highlander Stakes II 6 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Sprint Ontario Green Mask
07/08/17 Belmont Sprint Championship II 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint New York Mind Your Biscuits
07/29/17 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf United Kingdom Enable (GB)
07/29/17 Bing Crosby S. I 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint California Ransom the Moon
07/30/17 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff California Stellar Wind
07/30/17 Betfair.com Haskell Invitational I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO   Classic New Jersey Girvin
08/02/17 Qatar Sussex Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile United Kingdom Here Comes When (IRE)
08/05/17 The Whitney I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic New York Gun Runner
08/12/17 Arlington Million I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Illinois Beach Patrol
08/12/17 Beverly D. Stakes I 1 3/16 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Illinois Dacita (CHI)
08/13/17 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le Buffard - Jacques Le Marois I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile France Al Wukair (IRE)
08/19/17 Del Mar H. Presented By The Japan Racing Association II 1 3/8 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf California Hunt (IRE)
08/19/17 TVG Pacific Classic I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic California Collected
08/23/17 Juddmonte International S. I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf United Kingdom Ulysses (IRE)
08/24/17 Darley Yorkshire Oaks I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf United Kingdom Enable (GB)
08/25/17 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes I 5 Furlongs (T) 2 YO & UP   Turf Sprint United Kingdom Marsha (IRE)
08/26/17 Pat O'Brien S. II 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Dirt Mile California Giant Expectations
08/26/17 The Forego I 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint New York Drefong
08/26/17 The Ketel One Ballerina I 7 Furlongs 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Sprint New York By the Moon
08/26/17 The Personal Ensign I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff New York Forever Unbridled
08/26/17 The Sword Dancer I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf New York Sadler's Joy
09/02/17 T. Von Zastrow Stutenpreis II 1 3/8 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Germany Ashiana (GER)
09/02/17 The Spinaway I 7 Furlongs 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies New York Lady Ivanka
09/03/17 Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Germany Guignol (GER)
09/09/17 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron S. I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Ireland Hydrangea (IRE)
09/09/17 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Ireland Decorated Knight (GB)
09/09/17 Willis Towers Watson Champions Juvenile Stakes III 1 Mile (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Ireland Nelson (IRE)
09/10/17 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes II 5 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Sprint Ireland Caravaggio
09/10/17 Moyglare Stud Stakes I 7 Furlongs (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf Ireland Happily (IRE)
09/16/17 Iroquois S. III 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO   Juvenile Kentucky The Tabulator
09/16/17 Pocahontas S. II 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Kentucky Patrona Margarita
09/16/17 Ricoh Woodbine Mile I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile Ontario World Approval
09/17/17 Natalma Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf Ontario Capla Temptress (IRE)
09/17/17 Summer Stakes II 1 Mile (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Ontario Untamed Domain
09/29/17 Shadwell Rockfel II 7 Furlongs (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf United Kingdom Juliet Capulet (IRE)
09/30/17 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic I 1 1/2 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf New York Beach Patrol
09/30/17 The Vosburgh I 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint New York Takaful
09/30/17 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes II 1 Mile (T) 2 YO C & G Juvenile Turf United Kingdom Roaring Lion
09/30/17 Awesome Again Stakes I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic California Mubtaahij (IRE)
09/30/17 Chandelier Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies California Moonshine Memories
09/30/17 FrontRunner Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO   Juvenile California Bolt d'Oro
09/30/17 Rodeo Drive Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf California Avenge
09/30/17 Zenyatta Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff California Paradise Woods
10/01/17 Longines Prix de l'Opera I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf France Rhododendron (IRE)
10/01/17 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO   Juvenile Turf France Happily (IRE)
10/01/17 Total Prix Marcel Boussac I 1 Mile (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf France Wild Illusion (GB)
10/01/17 Sprinters S. I 6 Furlongs (T) 3 YO & UP   Turf Sprint Japan Red Falx (JPN)
10/06/17 Darley Alcibiades Stakes I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Kentucky Heavenly Love
10/06/17 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes II 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint Kentucky Whitmore
10/07/17 Champagne Stakes I 1 Mile 2 YO   Juvenile New York Firenze Fire
10/07/17 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles 3 YO & UP   Classic New York Diversify
10/07/17 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity I 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO   Juvenile Kentucky Free Drop Billy
10/07/17 First Lady S. I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf Kentucky Zipessa
10/07/17 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes I 1 Mile (T) 3 YO & UP   Mile Kentucky Suedois (FR)
10/07/17 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes II 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Sprint Kentucky Finley'sluckycharm
10/07/17 Santa Anita Sprint Championship I 6 Furlongs 3 YO & UP   Sprint California Roy H
10/08/17 Flower Bowl Stakes I 1 1/4 Miles (T) 3 YO & UP F & M Filly & Mare Turf New York War Flag
10/08/17 Frizette Stakes I 1 Mile 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies New York Separationofpowers
10/08/17 Dixiana Bourbon S. 1 1/16 Miles 2 YO   Juvenile Turf Kentucky Flameaway
10/08/17 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes I 1 1/8 Miles 3 YO & UP F & M Distaff Kentucky Romantic Vision
10/11/17 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes III 1 1/16 Miles (T) 2 YO F Juvenile Fillies Turf Kentucky Rushing Fall
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