Series To Include 62 Races In Seven Countries
NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 22, 2009)-- The Breeders' Cup Challenge, a series of automatic qualifying races for the $25.5 million 2009 Breeders' Cup World Championships, will increase in number this year with a record 62 races taking place in seven countries at the world’s greatest racing venues, it was announced today. Oak Tree Racing Association at Santa Anita Park will host eight races during the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Season beginning on September 30 with the Morvich Handicap. Click here for complete 2009 schedule:
The expanded Challenge series, with its “Win and You’re In” provision, will include 12 overseas races from premier racetracks in England, Ireland, France, Australia and Hong Kong. The 2009 Breeders' Cup Challenge races will begin in the U.S. on July 4 with qualifying events from Monmouth Park: the United Nations (gr. I) on turf, and the Salvator Mile (gr. III).
This year’s Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held November 6-7, at the Oak Tree Racing Association meet at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live on ABC and ESPN.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge series will again include domestic racetracks Belmont Park in New York, Del Mar near San Diego, Calder Race Course in Miami, Arlington Park in Chicago, Emerald Downs in Seattle, Delaware Park, Monmouth Park and Philadelphia Park in the Middle Atlantic; Turfway Park and Keeneland in Kentucky; Santa Anita Park and Woodbine in Toronto.
The 2009 Challenge races will be televised on ESPN, TVG and HRTV, TSN in Canada and in more than 120 countries.
Oak Tree Racing Association at Santa Anita Park will host the following Breeders’ Cup Challenge races:
DATE RACE BC QUALIFYING RACE
Sept. 30, 2009 Morvich Handicap (gr. III) Turf Sprint
Oct. 4, 2009 Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) Juvenile
Oct. 4, 2009 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) Juvenile Fillies
Oct. 10, 2009 Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. I) Filly & Mare Turf
Oct. 10, 2009 Goodwood Stakes (gr. I) Classic
Oct. 10, 2009 Lady’s Secret Stakes (gr. I) Ladies’ Classic
Oct. 10, 2009 Oak Tree Mile Stakes (gr. I) Mile
Oct. 11, 2009 Ancient Title Stakes (gr. I) Sprint