From the Breeders’ Cup Media Team:

2024 BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE SERIES FEATURES 41 INTERNATIONAL RACES

Winners to Receive Automatic Starting Positions and Fees Paid into Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar

Breeders’ Cup Limited today announced the 2024 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In schedule of 82 races in 12 countries ― including 41 international races. Each winner will receive an automatic qualifying position, and fees paid, into a corresponding race in the 2024 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Horses from around the globe will qualify through the Win and You’re In program for the 41st Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Grade 1 races, with purses and awards totaling a record $33 million. This year’s Championships will be held Nov. 1-2 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, California.

In addition to the United States, the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, now in its 18th year, will be hosted at premier racetracks in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, France, Ireland, Japan, Peru, South Africa, and, for the first time, South Korea. The complete schedule can be viewed at BreedersCup.com/races/challenge-series.

New this year are the Korea Cup (G3) and Korea Sprint (G3), both run Sept. 8 at Seoul Racecourse in South Korea. At 1 1/8 miles, the Korea Cup is an automatic qualifier for the $1 million Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), while the 6-furlong Korea Sprint provides an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1).

The Aug. 21 Tattersalls Acomb Stakes (G3) at York, the Aug. 24 William Hill Prestige Stakes (G3) at Goodwood, and the Oct. 19 QIPCO British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes (G1) at Ascot are also new to the international schedule for 2024. The 7-furlong Acomb Stakes is an automatic qualifier for the Prevagen Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), while the 7-furlong Prestige Stakes provides an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). The QIPCO British Champion Fillies and Mares Stakes, over 1 1/2 miles at Ascot Racecourse, is Win and You’re In event for the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1).

“International competition is a cornerstone of the Breeders’ Cup program, and the Challenge Series continues to be the best way for horsemen the world over to gain an automatic entry into the World Championships,” said Dora Delgado, Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Officer of Breeders’ Cup Limited. “We extend our deepest gratitude to the racing authorities and organizations on five continents who are partnering with us this year to support and administer Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races in their respective jurisdictions, and we look forward to another outstanding renewal of the World Championships this November at Del Mar.”

Qualifiers on Five Continents

There will be eight automatic berths awarded for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic. The 6-year-old Peptide Nile (JPN) became the first horse to qualify this year for the marquee race when he won the Feb. 19 February Stakes (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan. Three more Challenge Series races are scheduled in Japan this year, culminating with the June 23 Takarazuka Kinen (G1) at Hanshin Racecourse with a free starting position into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) on the line.

Two of the five Challenge Series races in South America this year will also be held on June 23: the Gran Premio Pamplona (G1) at Monterrico in Peru will award the winner an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, and the winner of the Grande Premio Brasil (G1) at Hipódromo da Gávea in Rio de Janeiro will earn a guaranteed start into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf.

England will host 13 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races in 2024, beginning with four Win and You’re In races at the Royal Ascot meeting. The July 27 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes (G1) at Ascot, which awards the winner an automatic starting position for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, and the Aug. 21 Juddmonte International Stakes (G1) at York ─ the only automatic qualifier in Europe for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic ─ are two other highlighted races in England during this year’s series.

There will be five Challenge Series races in Ireland over Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown and at The Curragh, anchored by the Sept. 14 Royal Bahrain Irish Champion Stakes (G1). In 2023, Auguste Rodin (IRE) won the Irish Champion Stakes and gained a free spot into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita Park, where he took home the victory.

Canada will be represented by three Challenge Series races at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, featuring the Sept. 14 Woodbine Mile (G1), for a free starting position into the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1). Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, Master of the Seas (IRE), gained a free berth in the race when he won the Woodbine Mile.

The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) will be the centerpiece of five Challenge Series races Oct. 6 at ParisLongchamp. The Arc winner will receive an automatic berth into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf.

The international schedule of the 2024 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series concludes Oct. 19 on British Champions Day at Ascot with two races. Along with the British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes, the QIPCO Champion Stakes (G1) gives the winner an automatic qualifying position into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf.

As part of the benefits to horsemen, Breeders’ Cup has allocated $5,485,000 in free entry fees for this year’s Challenge Series and will pay the entry fees and guarantee a starting position in a corresponding Championships race for all Challenge Series race winners. If not already nominated, the Challenge winner must be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by the pre-entry deadline of Oct. 21 to receive the rewards.

In addition, Breeders’ Cup will provide a $10,000 travel allowance for all starters within North America that are stabled outside of California, and a $40,000 travel allowance to the connections of all Championship starters based outside of North America.

Last year, 42 Breeders’ Cup Challenge winners competed in the World Championships at Santa Anita Park and eight won their respective divisional races: White Abarrio, $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1); Auguste Rodin (IRE), $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1); Idiomatic, $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1); Cody’s Wish, $2 million Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), Master of the Seas (IRE), $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1); Inspiral (GB), $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1); Just F Y I, $2 million NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1); and Hard to Justify, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). Auguste Rodin (IRE), Master of the Seas (IRE), and Inspiral (GB) were European contenders.

Purse increases in 2024 raised the value of the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic to $7 million and the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf to $5 million.