Prep Races

The road to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships is known simply as the Breeders’ Cup Challenge. From January 9th until October 12th, contenders will compete in a wide range of prep races across the world as they attempt to qualify for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup.

As the tagline for the Breeders’ Cup Challenge clearly states – all you have to do is “Win and You’re In”.

Winners from each of the challenge races will earn an automatic berth in to specific events at the Breeders’ Cup. We’ve provided a schedule below for you to see when races will run, where they’re hosted and what division they qualify victors for.

The remaining entries in to each of the 13 races at the Breeders’ Cup will be decided based on an application process where points acquired during the season will help fill out the remainder of the field.

Though not official prep races for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup, the Triple Crown contenders will sometimes toss their hats into the ring. The Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes results all offer ways for handicappers to gauge the potential success of a horse in a high stakes race.

This doesn’t preclude 2016 Triple Crown contenders from the 2016 Breeders’ Cup. This season, fans and bettors alike hope that two Kentucky Derby winners in California Chrome and Nyquist meet.

Please enjoy the full schedule of 2016 Breeders’ Cup Prep Races listed here:

1/9/16 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Mile South Africa Legal Eagle
1/9/16 Maine Chance Farms Paddock S. Filly & Mare Turf South Africa Smart Call (SAF)
2/21/16 February S. Classic Japan Moanin
4/2/16 Darley TJ Smith Stakes Turf Sprint Australia Chautauqua (AUS)
4/2/16 The Star Doncaster Mile Mile Australia Winx (AUS)
4/9/16 Coolmore Legacy Queen of the Turf Stakes Filly & Mare Turf Australia Azkadellia (NZ)
5/1/16 Gran Premio Criadores Distaff Argentina Corona Del Inca (ARG)
5/22/16 Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella Mile Chile Kitcat (CHI)
5/25/16 Gran Premio 25 de Mayo Turf Argentina Don Inc (ARG)
6/4/16 Shoemaker Mile Mile California Midnight Storm
6/5/16 Yasuda Kinen Mile Japan Logotype (JPN)
6/11/16 Mohegan Sun Metropolitan H. Dirt Mile New York Frosted
6/11/16 Ogden Phipps Distaff New York Cavorting
6/12/16 Grande Premio Brasil Turf Brazil My Cherie Amour (BRZ)
6/18/16 Fleur de Lis H. Distaff Kentucky Paid Up Subscriber
6/18/16 Stephen Foster H. Classic Kentucky Bradester
6/25/16 The Gold Cup at Santa Anita Classic California Melatonin
6/26/16 Takarazuka Kinen Turf Japan Marialite (JPN)
6/26/16 Gran Premio Pamplona Filly & Mare Turf Peru Ryans Charm
7/2/16 Princess Rooney H. Filly & Mare Sprint Florida Spelling Again
7/2/16 Smile Sprint Handicap Sprint Florida Delta Bluesman
7/9/16 Belmont Oaks Invitational Filly & Mare Turf New York Catch a Glimpse
7/23/16 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO Turf United Kingdom Highland Reel (IRE)
7/27/16 Qatar Sussex Stakes Mile United Kingdom The Gurkha (IRE)
7/30/16 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes Distaff California Stellar Wind
7/31/16 Bing Crosby S. Sprint California Lord Nelson
7/31/16 Haskell Invitational Classic New Jersey Exaggerator
8/6/16 Whitney Handicap Classic New York Frosted
8/13/16 Arlington Million XXXIV Turf Illinois Mondialiste (IRE)
8/13/16 Beverly D. Stakes Filly & Mare Turf Illinois Sea Calisi (FR)
8/14/16 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le Buffard – Jacques Le
Mile France Ribchester (IRE)
8/17/16 Juddmonte International S. Turf United Kingdom Postponed (IRE)
8/18/16 Darley Yorkshire Oaks Filly & Mare Turf United Kingdom Seventh Heaven (IRE)
8/19/16 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes Turf Sprint United Kingdom Mecca’s Angel (IRE)
8/20/16 Del Mar H. Presented By The Japan Racing Association Turf California Ashleyluvssugar
8/20/16 TVG Pacific Classic Classic California California Chrome
8/27/16 Pat O’Brien S. Dirt Mile California Masochistic
8/27/16 Ballerina Stakes Filly & Mare Sprint New York Haveyougoneaway
8/27/16 Personal Ensign H. Distaff New York Cavorting
8/27/16 Priority One Jets Forego Stakes Sprint New York A. P. Indian
8/27/16 Sword Dancer Invitational S. Turf New York Flintshire (GB)
9/3/16 T. Von Zastrow Stutenpreis Filly & Mare Turf Germany Parvaneh (IRE)
9/3/16 Spinaway S. Juvenile Fillies New York Dead Heat
9/4/16 Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden Turf Germany Iquitos (GER)
9/10/16 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron S. Filly & Mare Turf Ireland Alice Springs (IRE)
9/10/16 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes Turf Ireland Almanzor (FR)
9/10/16 Willis Towers Watson Champions Juvenile Stakes Juvenile Turf Ireland Landfall (FR)
9/11/16 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes Turf Sprint Ireland Ardhoomey (IRE)
9/11/16 Moyglare Stud Stakes Juvenile Fillies Turf Ireland Intricately (IRE)
9/17/16 Iroquois S. Juvenile Kentucky Not This Time
9/17/16 Pocahontas S. Juvenile Fillies Kentucky Daddys Lil Darling
9/17/16 Canadian Stakes Filly & Mare Turf Ontario Rainha Da Bateria
9/17/16 Ricoh Woodbine Mile Mile Ontario Tepin
9/18/16 Natalma Stakes Juvenile Fillies Turf Ontario Victory to Victory
9/18/16 Summer Stakes Juvenile Turf Ontario Good Samaritan
9/23/16 Shadwell Rockfel Juvenile Fillies Turf United Kingdom Spain Burg (FR)
9/24/16 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes Juvenile Turf United Kingdom Best of Days (GB)
10/1/16 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes Turf New York Ectot (GB)
10/1/16 Vosburgh Invitational Stakes Sprint New York Joking
10/1/16 Awesome Again Stakes Classic California California Chrome
10/1/16 Chandelier Stakes Juvenile Fillies California Noted and Quoted
10/1/16 FrontRunner Stakes Juvenile California Gormley
10/1/16 Rodeo Drive Stakes Filly & Mare Turf California Avenge
10/1/16 Zenyatta Stakes Distaff California Stellar Wind
10/2/16 Longines Prix de L’Opera Filly & Mare Turf France Speedy Boarding (GB)
10/2/16 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Juvenile Turf France National Defense (GB)
10/2/16 Total Prix Marcel Boussac Juvenile Fillies Turf France Wuheida (GB)
10/2/16 Sprinters S. Turf Sprint Japan Red Falx (JPN)
10/7/16 Darley Alcibiades Stakes Juvenile Fillies Kentucky Dancing Rags
10/7/16 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes Sprint Kentucky A. P. Indian
10/8/16 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes Filly & Mare Turf New York Lady Eli
10/8/16 Foxwoods Champagne Stakes Juvenile New York Practical Joke
10/8/16 Frizette Stakes Juvenile Fillies New York Yellow Agate
10/8/16 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational Stakes Classic New York Hoppertunity
10/8/16 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity Juvenile Kentucky Classic Empire
10/8/16 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes Mile Kentucky Miss Temple City
10/8/16 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes Filly & Mare Sprint Kentucky Irish Jasper
10/8/16 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Sprint California Lord Nelson
10/9/16 Dixiana Bourbon S. Juvenile Turf Kentucky Keep Quiet (FR)
10/9/16 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes Distaff Kentucky I’m a Chatterbox
10/12/16 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes Juvenile Fillies Turf Kentucky