From the Breeders’ Cup Media Team / Jim Gluckson:

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BREEDERS’ CUP RELEASES 2024 DIRT DOZEN SCHEDULE

Incentive Program for Breeders’ Cup World Championships Enters Third Year

Breeders’ Cup Limited today released the 2024 schedule for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Dozen, an incentive-based participation bonus program for horsemen pointing runners to the dirt races in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Launched in 2022, the 12-race program is comprised of existing graded stakes races scheduled from May through October at six tracks throughout the United States.

“We are happy to once again offer our lucrative Dirt Dozen program,” said Dora Delgado, Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Officer of Breeders’ Cup Limited. “Each year $525,000 is offered in awards, and many horsemen benefit from the credits offered towards entry fees for our Championship dirt races. We look forward to extending this incentive once again to connections preparing for a dirt division race at Del Mar this November.”

The Dirt Dozen program will again award bonus credits funded by the Breeders’ Cup for first through third finishes in the 12-race schedule. Horsemen may use those credits toward entry fees for one of six Breeders’ Cup World Championships dirt races: the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), $2 million NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), $1 million PNC Bank Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1), and the $1 million Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1).

In Dirt Dozen races in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup race divisions, the bonus tier is allocated at $30,000 for first, $15,000 for second, and $7,500 for third. In Dirt Dozen races in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup race divisions, the bonus tier will award $15,000 for first, $7,500 for second, and $3,750 for third. Horses may bankroll multiple awards earned and apply towards their Championship entry fees.

The Dirt Dozen program begins May 4 with the Derby City Distaff presented by Kendall-Jackson Winery (G1) at Churchill Downs. The first three finishers in the race will earn credits toward entry fees for a potential start in the PNC Bank Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. Nominations for the Derby City Distaff close Wednesday, April 10.

The Dirt Dozen concludes Sept. 29 with the Zenyatta Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park, where the first three finishers in the race will earn credits toward entry fees for a potential start in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

Further information on rules and participation in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Dozen program is available on the Breeders’ Cup Members site.

 

2024 Dirt Dozen Races by Division

 

Division

Date

Race

Track

Grade

Distance

Dirt Mile

7/27/2024

San Diego Handicap

Del Mar

Grade II

1 1/16 Miles

Dirt Mile

8/17/2024

Philip H. Iselin Stakes

Monmouth Park

Grade III

1 1/16 Miles

Distaff

6/29/2024

Fleur De Lis Stakes

Churchill Downs

Grade II

1 1/8 Miles

Distaff

9/29/2024

Zenyatta Stakes

Santa Anita Park

Grade II

1 1/16 Miles

Filly & Mare Sprint

5/4/2024

Derby City Distaff

Churchill Downs

Grade I

7F

Filly & Mare Sprint

8/25/2024

Rancho Bernardo Handicap

Del Mar

Grade III

6 1/2 F

Juvenile

9/8/2024

Del Mar Futurity

Del Mar

Grade I

7F

Juvenile

9/14/2024

Iroquois Stakes

Churchill Downs

Grade III

1 Mile

Juvenile Fillies

8/31/2024

Spinaway Stakes

Saratoga Race Course

Grade I

7F

Juvenile Fillies

9/14/2024

Pocahontas Stakes

Churchill Downs

Grade III

1 Mile

Sprint

5/18/2024

Maryland Sprint Stakes

Pimlico Race Course

Grade III

6F

Sprint

9/28/2024

Santa Anita Sprint Championship

Santa Anita Park

Grade II

6F

 


ABOUT BREEDERS’ CUP

Breeders’ Cup Limited administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships, as well as the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races through an 82-race series hosted by 12 countries, and the U.S.-based Dirt Dozen Bonus Series. The Breeders’ Cup supports and operates under the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA), which, for the first time, establishes a national, uniform set of rules applicable to every Thoroughbred racing participant and racetrack. HISA seeks to enhance the safety of both horse and rider and to protect the integrity of the sport to the benefit of all racing participants, fans, and bettors.

The 2024 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Grade 1 Championship races and $33 million in purses and awards, will be Nov. 1-2 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, California. The 2025 World Championships will also be held at Del Mar on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The Championships will be televised live by NBC Sports. Press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, BreedersCup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media.