The Breeders' Cup
announced today that the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Challenge series will
consist of 73 automatic qualifying races into the Breeders' Cup World
Championships with 46 Challenge races to be held in the US and Canada.
Breeders’ Cup will pay entry fees and provide travel allowances for the
connections of the Challenge winners outside of California to compete in
the Championships. (Complete 2014 schedule is available at https://members.breederscup.com/challenge/schedule.aspx)
from around the globe will be qualifying for the 31st Breeders’ Cup
World Championships, which will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia,
Calif., on October 31-November 1, and will be televised live in the US
by the NBC Sports Group. The $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic will be
shown live in primetime on NBC from 8-9 p.m. ET on Nov. 1.
April 21, Breeders’ Cup and NBC Sports announced an expanded
partnership to televise “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re
In”, a series of 18 Challenge races across 11 shows on NBC and NBCSN
from top tracks in the U.S. from June until the World Championships.
(link to US television schedule is at http://challenge.breederscup.com/)
Breeders’ Cup Challenge series, now in its eighth year, will be held at
many of the world’s premier racetracks in 13 countries: US, Canada,
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, England, France, Germany, Ireland,
Japan, Peru and South Africa.
part of the enhanced benefits to horsemen in the Breeders’ Cup
Challenge series, Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees and guarantee a
starting position in a corresponding Championships race for winners of
all Challenge races.
Cup will provide travel allowances to all starters outside of
California for this year’s Championships including Challenge race
winners. Breeders’ Cup will provide a $40,000 travel stipend to the
connections of each Challenge winner from outside of North America and
a $10,000 travel allowance for winners stabled outside of California.
The Challenge winner must be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by
the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of October 20 to receive the
year, 36 participants in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships earned
automatic starting positions through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series.
Mucho Macho Man (Classic); Beholder (Distaff); Dank (Filly & Mare
Turf) and Wise Dan (Mile) were Challenge qualifiers who won World
Breeders’ Cup Challenge series continues to be an excellent path for
horsemen to secure an automatic starting berth, with fees paid, for
their runners to qualify into the Championships,” said Craig Fravel,
President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Ltd. “We were very proud of the large
number of Challenge starters that competed in last year’s event, and
are looking forward to attracting more horses this year as we welcome
our new racetrack partners who have joined the series for the 2014
Some of the highlights of this year’s Challenge series are as follows:
There will be a record seven automatic berths awarded for the $5
million Breeders’ Cup Classic, all grade I races: The Stephen Foster
Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 14; The Gold Cup at Santa Anita on
June 28; the William Hill Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July
27; the Whitney Handicap from Saratoga Racetrack on August 2; the TVG
Pacific Classic from Del Mar on August 24, and The Jockey Club Gold Cup
from Belmont Park and the Awesome Again Stakes from Santa Anita Park,
both on September 28. Defending Classic champion Mucho Macho Man earned
an automatic berth by winning last year’s Awesome Again.
The series will include 10 new races: the Maine Chance Farms Paddock
Stakes (G1), run Jan. 11 at Kenilworth in South Africa (Filly & Mare
Turf); Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) at Royal Randwick in
Australia run April 14 (Turf); Grande Premio Brasil (G1) (Turf) at
Hipodromo de Gavea in Brazil on June 8; Clasico Cesar del Rio (G3)
(Distaff) at Hipódromo de Monterrico on June 22 in Peru; Copa De Oro
Vinas De Chile (G2) (Dirt Mile) at Club Hipico de Santiago in Chile on
June 27; The Gold Cup at Santa Anita (GI) (Classic) on June 28; William
Hill Haskell Invitational (GI) (Classic) at Monmouth Park in New Jersey
on July 27; Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes (G1) (Filly & Mare Turf) at
Leopardstown in Ireland on September 13 and the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes
(G2) at Newmarket in England (Juvenile Fillies Turf) on September 27.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Breeders’ Cup will pay foal nominators of Challenge winners a $10,000 award.
international portion of the series began on January 11 in South Africa
at Kenilworth Racecourse, when the 7-year-old mare Beach Beauty (SAF)
won the Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes (G1) and qualified for an
automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, and the
5-year-old Capetown Noir (SAF) captured the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate
(G1) and gained a free start into the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Australia this month, three more horses earned automatic berths at
Royal Randwick: Lankan Rupee (AUS) winner of the Darley TJ Smith Stakes
(G1) (Turf); Sacred Falls (NZ) winner of the Doncaster Mile (G1) (Mile)
and It’s A Dundeel who captured the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1)
first two North American races of the series will be run on June 7 with
the Metropolitan Handicap (GI) (Dirt Mile) and the Ogden Phipps (GI)
(Distaff) at Belmont Park, and will be televised live on NBCSN.