Breeders' Cup 2020

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2 Days - 14 Races - $31 Million in Purses and Awards

The 2020 Breeders' Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Championship races, is scheduled to be held on November 6-7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky and features a total of $31 million in purses and awards.

2020 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Races

Starting with the 145th Preakness Stakes (G1), the Irish Champion Stakes (G1) and Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1), a total of 44 automatic berths into the 37th Breeders' Cup World Championships will be up for grabs over the next two months of September and October.

Now in its 14th year the Breeders' Cup Challenge is an international series of stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions and fees paid for a corresponding race in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which is scheduled in 2020 to be held on November 6th and 7th at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.

The "Win and You're In" qualifiers will be contested in Brazil, Canada, England, Ireland, France and the U.S. over the September-October time frame, including 27 Grade or Group 1 stakes.

2020 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Racing Highlights:

* Three "Win and You're In" automatic qualifiers for the $7 million Longines Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), featuring the 145th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico for 3-year-olds on Oct. 3, the first Triple Crown race to be in the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series. Bookended around the 1 3/16-mile Preakness are the 1 1/8-mile Awesome Again Stakes (G1) on Sept. 26 at Santa Anita Park and the 1 ¼-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park on Oct. 10.

* Five Challenge Series races in Ireland on Sept. 12-13 during Irish Champions Weekend. There will be three races at Leopardstown on Sept. 12: the 1 ¼-mile Irish Champion Stakes (G1) for an automatic position in the $6 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1), the 1-mile Coolmore America `Justify' Matron Stakes (G1), giving the winner a free position into the $2 million Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1), and the 1-mile KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes (G2), awarding the winner an automatic qualifying spot into the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). On Sept. 13 at The Curragh, automatic berths will be contested in the 5-furlong Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes (G1) for a "Win and You're In" into the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1), and the 7-furlong Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) giving the winner a free berth into the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

* Woodbine in Toronto will host three "Win and You're In" turf races, beginning on Sept. 19 with the 1-mile Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) for a free slot into the gate of the $2 million FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile presented by PDJF (G1). The following day (Sept. 20), the 1-mile Natalma Stakes (G1) will give the winner an automatic starting position in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), and the 1-mile Summer Stakes (G1) will offer a "Win and You're In" spot for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. NBCSN will televise the Ricoh Woodbine Mile on Sept. 19, and the Natalma Stakes and the Summer Stakes on Sept. 20 as a part of the "Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Win and You're In - presented by America's Best Racing."

* In addition to the Awesome Again, Santa Anita will be home to six more "Win and You're In" races, starting on Sept. 19 with the 5 ½-furlong Speakeasy Stakes. The Speakeasy winner will receive a free berth into the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2). The Sept. 26 card will feature the 1 1/16-mile American Pharoah Stakes (G1) for an automatic starting position into the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1), the 1 1/16-mile Chandelier Stakes (G2) for a free qualifying spot into the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), and the 1 ¼-mile Rodeo Drive Stakes (G1) (Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf). On Sept. 27, Santa Anita will run the 6-furlong Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G2), a "Win and You're In" for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) and the 1 1/16-mile Zenyatta Stakes (G2) with the winner earning an automatic slot in the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1).

* Brazil will host its Breeders' Cup Challenge Series race on Sept. 27 with the 1 ½-mile Grande Premio Brasil (G1) at Hipodromo da Gavea in Rio de Janeiro for an automatic starting position into the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf.

* There will be nine Breeders' Cup Challenge races during Keeneland's Fall Stars Weekend on Oct. 2-4. Those races include five Grade 1 events: the 1 1/16-mile Darley Alcibiades (Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies) on Oct. 2, the 1 1/16-mile Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance), the 1-mile Shadwell Turf Mile (FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile presented by PDJF), the 1-mile First Lady Stakes presented by UK Healthcare (Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf) on Oct. 3, and the 1 1/8-mile Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (G1) (Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff) on Oct. 4. NBCSN will provide live coverage of Breeders' Cup Challenge races at Keeneland on Oct. 2 and Oct. 4 as a part of the "Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Win and You're In - presented by America's Best Racing." NBC also will air coverage from Keeneland on Oct. 3 during its Preakness Stakes broadcast.

* On Oct. 4 at ParisLongchamp in France, there will be five Group 1 Breeders' Cup Challenge races, led by the 1 ½-mile Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Longines Breeders' Cup Turf), along with the 5-furlong Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp Longines (Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint), the 1 ¼-mile Prix de l'Opéra Longines (Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf), the 7-furlong Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf) and the 1-mile Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac (Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf).

* The 2020 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series will conclude on Oct. 10 with five races at Belmont Park. In addition to the Jockey Club Gold Cup, there will be the 1-mile Champagne Stakes (G1) (TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance), the 1-mile Frizette Stakes (G1) (Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies), the 1 ¼-mile Flower Bowl Stakes (G1) (Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf) and the 6-furlong Futurity (G3), (Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint).

As part of the enhanced benefits to horsemen competing in the series, Breeders' Cup will pay the entry fees and guarantee a starting position in a corresponding Championships race for winners of all Challenge races. The Challenge winner must be nominated to the Breeders' Cup program by the Championships' pre-entry deadline of Oct. 26 to receive the rewards, and those rewards must be used in the year they are earned.

Breeders' Cup also will provide a $10,000 travel allowance for starters within North America that are stabled outside of Kentucky, and a $40,000 travel stipend to the connections of all Championship starters from outside of North America.


2020 BREEDERS' CUP RACE SCHEDULE

Breeders' Cup Race Grade Purse Date
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint II $1,000,000 November 6
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf I $1,000,000 November 6
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies I $2,000,000 November 6
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf I $1,000,000 November 6
Breeders' Cup Juvenile I $2,000,000 November 6
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint I $1,000,000 November 7
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint I $1,000,000 November 7
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile I $1,000,000 November 7
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf I $2,000,000 November 7
Breeders' Cup Sprint I $2,000,000 November 7
Breeders' Cup Mile I $2,000,000 November 7
Breeders' Cup Distaff I $2,000,000 November 7
Breeders' Cup Turf I $4,000,000 November 7
Breeders' Cup Classic I $6,000,000 November 7

About Breeders' Cup - World Championship Horse Racing Since 1984

Every sport has a definitive year-ending event to crown its champions. In Thoroughbred racing, the Breeders' Cup World Championships is the culmination of the horse racing season worldwide and the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic is the defining event of the international racing season.

The Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships held the first series of its seven races before a crowd of 64,254 horse racing, horse betting, horse wagering, and handicapping fans at Hollywood Park in 1984. Today, purses for the fifteen races of the Breeders’ Cup amount to $26 million. The most important race in the series, the Breeders' Cup Classic, has a total purse of $5 million, with a winner's share of more than $2.5 million.

The Breeders’ Cup traces its roots back to 1982, with a group of Horse racing leaders frontlined by John R. Gaines, founding father of the Breeders’ Cup and former owner of Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Kentucky. The group had envisioned a vehicle to promote the sport, which would not only be a showcase of the sport’s finest elements but also a grand finale to the racing season, with a multimillion dollar total purse. Every one of those visions came true.

The Breeders’ Cup inaugural event was held on November 10, 1984 at glitzy Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California. It was an instant hit. The championship races have since become the cornerstone of a year-round program that has allocated over $380 million to owners and breeders alike. Most divisional champions crowned since 1984 have participated in a Breeders' Cup racing event.

In 1986, a separate $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase, run two weeks earlier than the series at a different track, was added to the program. That race was discontinued after 1993. A turf race for fillies and mares was added in 1999.

Breeders' Cup Betting - In Thoroughbred racing, the Breeders' Cup is the culmination of the horse racing season worldwide.

After Hollywood Park, the Breeders’ Cup would change venues yearly. Each fall, a different North American track plays host to the prestigious thoroughbred racing event, which have included the richly historical Churchill Downs, the stately Belmont Park, and the panoramic Santa Anita Park in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, holds the records for both Breeders' Cup attendance and total horse betting. The renowned racecourse attracted 80,452 spectators in 1998, and when the races came back to Louisville in 2000, over $108 million was wagered.

Since 1984, the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships has continued to grow in popularity owing to its prestige and keen level of competition. Contending horses have not only come from the US but all the way from England, Ireland, France, Japan, and Germany. The races are televised on both NBC and ESPN (pre-championships), and simulcast in 25 countries, with horserace wagering at more than $108 million.

But beyond the foreign players and media sponsors, thoroughbred owners and breeders have served as the Breeders’ Cup’s backbone since the very beginning. They not only supply the race horses competing in the Breeders' Cup events but also pay the nominations from which the organization, Breeder’s Cup Limited, derives its major source of funding.

As an international program, the Breeders’ Cup has instituted a nomination process to breeders around the world. Stallion owners annually pay a nomination fee that is the equivalent of a stallion's advertised stud fee, or a minimum of $1,000. Breeders pay a nomination fee of $500 for each foal. Nominated horses are eligible to compete for millions in both the Breeders’ Cup Stakes program and the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships events. Annual nominations from all over the world have made the Breeders’ Cup a truly global institution.

The Breeders’ Cup has no doubt accomplished what its founders set out to do, and more. Today, after 32 years and running, the Breeders’ Cup remains the definitive test of Horse racing champions, and has become thoroughbred racing’s most recognizable and successful showpiece worldwide.

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