The Breeders’ Cup announced Thursday that the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Challenge series will consist of 73 automatic qualifying races into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. This year’s series has been expanded to 10 countries and will feature 13 new races to the schedule including 52 Grade or Group 1 events.
Breeders’ Cup will pay entry fees and provide travel allowances for the connections of the Challenge winners into the Championships.
Horses around the globe will be qualifying for the 29th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Nov. 2-3, and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Network. The Breeders’ Cup Classic will be shown live in primetime on NBC from 8-9 p.m. ET on Nov. 3.
The expanded Challenge series, now in its sixth year, will be held at many of the world’s premier racetracks in the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Australia, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan and South Africa. This year’s series began in January in South Africa, when the 4-year-old Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) won the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (G1) at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town and qualified for an automatic starting position in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. The first North American race of the series will be the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park on May 28, for an automatic berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1).
For a complete list of races, click here.
From Breeders’ Cup Publicity and NYRA Press