What to know about the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series

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The Breeders’ Cup World Championships brings top Thoroughbreds from around the world together for two days of racing with tens of millions of dollars on the line. The 2019 Breeders’ Cup will take place on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2, only on NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. The Breeders’ Cup changes locations every year, and the 2019 edition will remain at Santa Anita Park in California, despite 30 horse deaths during its last racing season.

Over the weekend, pre-qualified horses will run 14 races (on both the dirt and turf), culminating in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2. The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series offers a direct path to one of the most exciting weekends in horse racing. Claiming victory in any of the BCCS’ “Win and You’re In” races equals an automatic entry into that division’s corresponding race, all entry fees paid. With a maximum of 14 horses in each race, the rest are chosen via a points system and a panel of judges.

“Win and You’re In” races are held around the world, including in the U.S., England, Brazil and Japan, contributing to the global reach of the Breeders’ Cup.

NBC Sports broadcast schedule:

  • Jaipur Invitational Stakes (Turf Sprint)
    • June 8, 2:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN), Belmont Park
    • Winner: World of Trouble | Replay
  • Runhappy Met Mile (Dirt Mile)
    • June 8, 4 p.m. ET (NBC), Belmont Park
    • Winner: Mitole | Replay
  • Stephen Foster (Classic)
    • June 15, 8:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN), Churchill Downs
    • Winner: Seeking the Soul | Replay
  • Fleur de Lis (Longines Distaff)
    • June 15, 8:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN), Churchill Downs
    • Winner: Elate | Replay
  • Queen Anne Stakes (TVG Mile)
    • June 18, 8:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN), Royal Ascot
    • Winner: Lord Glitters | Replay
  • Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Longines Turf) ⁠
    • June 19, 8:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN), Royal Ascot
    • Winner: Crystal Ocean | Replay
  • Norfolk Stakes (Juvenile Turf Sprint) ⁠
    • June 20, 8:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN), Royal Ascot
    • Winner: A’Ali | Replay
  • Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Turf Sprint) ⁠
    • June 22, 9 a.m. ET (NBC), Royal Ascot
    • Winner: Blue Point | Replay
  • John A. Nerud (Sprint)
    • July 6, 4 p.m. ET (NBCSN), Belmont Park
    • Winner: Promises Fulfilled | Replay
  • Haskell Invitational (Classic) ⁠
    • July 20, 5 p.m. ET (NBC), Monmouth Park
    • Winner: Maximum Security | Replay
  • Qatar Sussex Stakes (TVG Mile)
    • July 31, 9 a.m. ET (NBCSN), Goodwood Racecourse
    • Winner: Too Darn Hot | Replay
  • Whitney Stakes (Classic) ⁠
    • Aug. 3, 5 p.m. ET (NBCSN), Saratoga Race Course
    • Winner: McKinzie | Replay
  • Fourstardave Handicap (TVG Mile) ⁠
    • Aug. 10, 5 p.m. ET (NBC), Saratoga Race Course
    • Winner: Got Stormy | Replay
  • Juddmonte International Stakes (Classic)
    • Aug. 21, 9 a.m. ET (NBCSN), York Racecourse
    • Winner: Japan | Replay
  • Jockey Club Derby (Longines Turf) ⁠
    • Sept. 7, 4:30 p.m. ET (NBC), Belmont Park
    • Winner: Spanish Mission | Replay
  • Runhappy Turf Sprint (Turf Sprint)
    • Sept. 7, 4:30 p.m. ET (NBC), Kentucky Downs
    • Winner: Totally Boss | Replay
  • Cotillion Stakes (Longines Distaff) ⁠
    • Sept. 21, 5 p.m. ET (NBC), Parx Racing
    • Winner: Street Band | Replay
  • Rodeo Drive Stakes (Filly & Mare Turf)
    • Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN), Santa Anita Park
    • Winner: Mirth | Replay
  • Awesome Again Stakes (Classic) ⁠
    • Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN), Santa Anita Park
    • Winner: Mongolian Groom | Replay
  • Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (TVG Juvenile) ⁠
    • Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN), Keeneland Race Course
    • Winner: Maxfield | Replay
  • Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (TVG Mile) ⁠
    • Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN), Keeneland Race Course
    • Winner: Bowies Hero | Replay
  • Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (Longines Distaff) ⁠
    • Oct. 6, 4:30 p.m. ET (NBC), Keeneland Race Course
    • Winner: Blue Prize | Replay
  • Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (Juvenile Turf) ⁠
    • Oct. 6, 4:30 p.m. ET (NBC), Keeneland Race Course
    • Winner: Peace Achieved | Replay