2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Schedule Features 77 Races

77 races make up the 2016 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series. (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.).

77 races make up the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series. (Photo credit: Breeders’ Cup Ltd.).

The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series schedule was announced this week, which will include 77 races throughout the world with the winner of each stamping their ticket to this year’s championship event which will be held at Santa Anita on Nov. 4-5.

17 of the races will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. The “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Win and You’re In Series presented by Lane’s End Farm and America’s Best Racing,” features Challenge races across nine shows in the U.S. starting in June.

There are 49 Challenge races that will be contested in U.S. and Canada while there are 28 races around the globe, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Peru and South Africa.

A total of 39 horses that won Challenge races last year went on to compete in the Breeders’ Cup and six won.

Seven of the races are qualifiers for the premier event, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. The first is the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs on June 18.

The others for the Classic are the Gold Cup at Santa Anita Park on June 25; the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 31; the Whitney at Saratoga on Aug. 8; the Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 20; the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 1; and The Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Oct. 8.

The Challenge series on national television starts with the Ogden Phipps Handicap (G1) from Belmont Park on June 11 which will be on the NBC Sports Network at 2:30 ET. The action then will shift to NBC the same day at 5:00 ET for the Metropolitan Handicap (G1).

For the complete television schedule for the Challenge Series click here.

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Michael’s two day Breeders’ Cup Report includes his selections, analysis, fair odds line, and wagering recommendations for every race on the two-day championship event from Santa Anita on Nov. 4-5.

2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Schedule: 


Jan 9 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes Kenilworth Filly & Mare Turf
Jan 9 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Kenilworth Mile
Apr 2 The Star Doncaster Mile Randwick Mile
Apr 2 Darley T. J. Smith Stakes Randwick Turf Sprint
Apr 9 Coolmore Legacy Queen of the Turf Stakes Randwick Filly & Mare Turf
May 1 Gran Premio Criadores Palermo Longines Distaff
May 22 Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella Club Hípico de Santiago Mile
May 25 Gran Premio 25 de Mayo San Isidro Longines Turf
Jun 4 Shoemaker Mile Santa Anita Park Mile
Jun 11 Ogden Phipps Stakes Belmont Park Longines Distaff
Jun 11 NYRA.com Metropolitan Handicap Belmont Park Dirt Mile
Jun 12 Gran Premio Brasil Hipódromo da Gávea Longines Turf
Jun 18 Stephen Foster H. Churchill Downs Classic
Jun 18 Fleur de Lis Handicap Churchill Downs Longines Distaff
Jun 25 The Gold Cup at Santa Anita Santa Anita Park Classic
Jun 26 Gran Premio Pamplona Hipódromo de Monterrico Filly & Mare Turf
Jul 2 Princess Rooney Handicap Gulfstream Park Filly & Mare Sprint
Jul 2 Smile Sprint Handicap Gulfstream Park Sprint
Jul 9 Belmont Oaks Invitational Belmont Park Filly & Mare Turf
Jul 23 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes  Ascot Longines Turf
Jul 27 Qatar Sussex Stakes Goodwood Mile
Jul 30 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap Del Mar Longines Distaff
Jul 31 William Hill Haskell Invitational Monmouth Park Classic
Jul 31 Bing Crosby Stakes Del Mar Sprint
Aug 6 The Whitney Saratoga Classic
Aug 13 Beverly D. Stakes Arlington Park Filly & Mare Turf
Aug 13 Arlington Million Arlington Park Longines Turf
Aug 14 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le Marois Deauville Mile
Aug 17 Juddmonte International Stakes York Longines Turf
Aug 18 Darley Yorkshire Oaks York Filly & Mare Turf
Aug 19 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes York Turf Sprint
Aug 20 Del Mar Handicap Del Mar Longines Turf
Aug 20 TVG Pacific Classic Del Mar Classic
Aug 27 Pat O’Brien Stakes Del Mar Dirt Mile
Aug 27 Personal Ensign H. Saratoga Longines Distaff
Aug 27 Ballerina Stakes Saratoga Filly & Mare Sprint
Aug 27 Forego Handicap Saratoga Sprint
Aug 27 Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes Saratoga Longines Turf
Sep 3 T. Von Zastrow Stutenpreis Baden Baden Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 3 Spinaway Stakes Saratoga Juvenile Fillies
Sep 4 Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden Baden Baden Longines Turf
Sep 10 Willis Champions Juvenile Stakes Leopardstown Juvenile Turf
Sep 10 The Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes Leopardstown Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 10 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes Leopardstown Longines Turf
Sep 11 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes Curragh Racecourse Turf Sprint
Sep 11 Moyglare Stud Stakes Curragh Racecourse Juvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 17 Iroquois Stakes Churchill Downs Sentient Jet Juvenile
Sep 17 Canadian Stakes Woodbine Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 17 Ricoh Woodbine Mile Woodbine Mile
Sep 17 Pocahontas Stakes Churchill Downs Juvenile Fillies
Sep 18 Natalma Stakes Woodbine Juvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 18 Summer Stakes Woodbine Juvenile Turf
Sep 23 Shadwell Rockfel Newmarket Juvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 24 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes Newmarket Juvenile Turf
Oct 1 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes Belmont Park Filly & Mare Turf
Oct 1 Vosburgh Invitational Stakes Belmont Park Sprint
Oct 1 FrontRunner Stakes Santa Anita Park Sentient Jet Juvenile
Oct 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Belmont Park Longines Turf
Oct 1 Zenyatta Stakes Santa Anita Park Longines Distaff
Oct 1 Chandelier Stakes Santa Anita Park Juvenile Fillies
Oct 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes Santa Anita Park Filly & Mare Turf
Oct 1 Awesome Again Stakes Santa Anita Park Classic
Oct 2 Total Prix Marcel Boussac Chantilly Juvenile Fillies Turf
Oct 2 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Chantilly Juvenile Turf
Oct 2 Longines Prix de L’Opera Chantilly Filly & Mare Turf
Oct 7 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes Keeneland Sprint
Oct 7 Darley Alcibiades Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Fillies
Oct 8 Frizette Stakes Belmont Park Juvenile Fillies
Oct 8 Foxwoods Champagne Stakes Belmont Park Sentient Jet Juvenile
Oct 8 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational Belmont Park Classic
Oct 8 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes Keeneland Filly & Mare Sprint
Oct 8 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity Keeneland Sentient Jet Juvenile
Oct 8 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes Keeneland Mile
Oct 8 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Santa Anita Park Sprint
Oct 9 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Turf
Oct 9 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes Keeneland Longines Distaff
Oct 12 JP Morgan Chase Jessamine Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Fillies Turf


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