2018 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Consists of 82 Automatic Qualifying Races
The significance and size of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series continues to grow. Now in its 12th year, the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series will be held at many of the world’s leading racetracks in 12 countries. Horses from across the globe will try to win and qualify for the 35th Breeders’ Cup World Championships to be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on November 2-3.
The 2018 Breeders’ Cup consists of 14 races, 13 of which are Grade 1 events, with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million.
The 2018 Challenge Series will consist of a total of 82 automatic qualifying stakes races into corresponding Breeders’ Cup races, including 66 Grade or Group 1 races. At least 49 Challenge races will be hosted in North America with 33 additional international races. Four races during the June 19-23 Royal Ascot meeting have been added to this year’s challenge schedule.
Click here to view the 2018 “Win and You’re In” schedule
“As international participation increases for Thoroughbred racing on a global scale, the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series continues to support horsemen and racing stables with important incentives, such as automatic starting positions and free entry fees, to qualify for the World Championships,” Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel said. “We also recognize the outstanding work by our 28 racetrack and racing association partners around the world who conduct these challenge races and thank them for their support and commitment to the series.”
There are seven automatic berths awarded for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. Last year, 5 of the 45 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series winners went on to win a Breeders’ Cup Championship race, including Gun Runner in the Classic.