How Horses Qualify for the Breeders’ Cup

There are two ways a horse can qualify to run in the Breeders’ Cup. A trainer/owner can nominate a race for their specific horse. It is then up to that horse to gain points to gain entry to that race. The horses with the most points will compete against each other. Horses can gain points by running in Graded races. With the following points being allocated to horses who are placed in Graded races.

Grade Win Place Show
1 10 6 4
2 6 4 2
3 4 2 1

The other option is to win a Breeders' Cup “Win and you’re in” race. This challenge series was inaugurated in 2007. If a horse wins one of these races they are guaranteed a starting position in the field. These races take place all over the world to get the best international horses to compete at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The list of “Win and You’re in” races are below.

L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Kenilworth Mile Legal Eagle (SAF)
Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes Kenilworth Filly & Mare Turf Bela-Bela (SAF)
February Stakes Tokyo Racecourse Classic Gold Dream (JPN)
The Star Doncaster Mile Randwick Mile It's Somewhat
Darley T. J. Smith Stakes Randwick Turf Sprint Chautauqua (AUS)
Coolmore Legacy Queen of the Turf Stakes Randwick Filly & Mare Turf Foxplay (AUS)
Gran Premio Criadores Palermo Longines Distaff Kiriaki (ARG)
Gran Premio 25 de Mayo San Isidro Longines Turf Ordak Dan (ARG)
Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella Club Hípico de Santiago Mile Top Casablanca (CHI)
Shoemaker Mile Santa Anita Park Mile Bal a Bali (BRZ)
Yasuda Kinen Tokyo Racecourse Mile Satono Aladdin (JPN)
Ogden Phipps Stakes Belmont Park Longines Distaff Songbird
Metropolitan Handicap Belmont Park Las Vegas Dirt Mile Mor Spirit
Gran Premio Brasil Hipódromo da Gávea Longines Turf Voador Magee (BRZ)
Stephen Foster H. Churchill Downs Classic Gun Runner
Fleur de Lis Handicap Churchill Downs Longines Distaff Forever Unbridled
Gran Premio Pamplona Hipódromo de Monterrico Filly & Mare Turf Birdie Gold
Takarazuka Kinen Hanshin Racecourse Longines Turf Satono Crown (JPN)
Princess Rooney Handicap Gulfstream Park Filly & Mare Sprint Curlin's Approval
Smile Sprint Handicap Gulfstream Park TwinSpires Sprint Imperial Hint
Highlander Stakes Woodbine Racetrack Turf Sprint Green Mask
Belmont Sprint Championship Belmont Park TwinSpires Sprint Mind Your Biscuits
Bing Crosby Stakes Del Mar TwinSpires Sprint Ransom the Moon
King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO Ascot Longines Turf Enable (GB)
Haskell Invitational Monmouth Park Classic Girvin
Clement L. Hirsch Handicap Del Mar Longines Distaff Stellar Wind
Qatar Sussex Stakes Goodwood Mile Here Comes When (IRE)
The Whitney Saratoga Classic Gun Runner
Beverly D. Stakes Arlington Park Filly & Mare Turf Dacita (CHI)
Arlington Million Arlington Park Longines Turf Beach Patrol
Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le Marois Deauville Mile Al Wukair (IRE)
Del Mar Handicap Presented by the Japan Racing Association Del Mar Longines Turf Hunt (IRE)
TVG Pacific Classic Del Mar Classic Collected
Juddmonte International Stakes York Longines Turf Ulysses (IRE)
Darley Yorkshire Oaks York Filly & Mare Turf Enable (GB)
Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes York Turf Sprint Marsha (IRE)
Personal Ensign H. Saratoga Longines Distaff Forever Unbridled
Ballerina Stakes Saratoga Filly & Mare Sprint By the Moon
Priority One Jets Forego Stakes Saratoga Las Vegas Dirt Mile Drefong
Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes Saratoga Longines Turf Sadler's Joy
Pat O'Brien Stakes Del Mar Las Vegas Dirt Mile Giant Expectations
T. Von Zastrow Stutenpreis Baden Baden Filly & Mare Turf Ashiana (GER)
Spinaway Stakes Saratoga 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies Lady Ivanka
Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden Baden Baden Longines Turf Guignol (GER)
Willis Towers Watson Champions Juvenile Stakes Leopardstown Juvenile Turf Nelson (IRE)
The Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes Leopardstown Filly & Mare Turf Hydrangea (IRE)
QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes Leopardstown Longines Turf Decorated Knight (GB)
Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes Curragh Racecourse Turf Sprint Caravaggio
Moyglare Stud Stakes Curragh Racecourse Juvenile Fillies Turf Happily (IRE)
Iroquois Stakes Churchill Downs Sentient Jet Juvenile The Tabulator
Ricoh Woodbine Mile Woodbine Mile World Approval
Pocahontas Stakes Churchill Downs 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies Patrona Margarita
Natalma Stakes Woodbine Juvenile Fillies Turf Capla Temptress
Summer Stakes Woodbine Juvenile Turf Untamed
Shadwell Rockfel Newmarket Juvenile Fillies Turf N/A
Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes Newmarket Juvenile Turf N/A
Vosburgh Invitational Stakes Belmont Park TwinSpires Sprint N/A
FrontRunner Stakes Santa Anita Park Sentient Jet Juvenile N/A
Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Belmont Park Longines Turf N/A
Zenyatta Stakes Santa Anita Park Longines Distaff N/A
Chandelier Stakes Santa Anita Park 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies N/A
Rodeo Drive Stakes Santa Anita Park Filly & Mare Turf N/A
Awesome Again Stakes Santa Anita Park Classic N/A

The win and you’re in program has been a great success in incentivising best horses from abroad and in North America to compete at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. This series has consistently brought high class horses to the Breeders’ Cup that may not have been able to participate without the series. It leads to more competitive betting markets which will add value to our picks.



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