Breeders’ Cup Dirt Dozen Bonus Series

The Breeders’ Cup will continue the dirt bonus series in 2023 called the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Dozen. This new program will be a secondary supplement to the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.

We have selected 12 North American dirt races, two per Breeders' Cup World Championships division (excluding the Classic), to be included in the new bonus series.

Horses that finish first, second or third in these selected races will receive a tiered bonus bankroll that will be applicable to fees (pre-entry and entry) at the BCWC.

Connections will be able to use these bonus credits toward BCWC fees. The bonus money will be accumulated towards each individual horse and not be applicable to other horses belonging to owners/trainers and may only be used for the divisional dirt race it was earned. Runners may bankroll multiple benefits in more than one Dirt Dozen race, but may not use more than the combined pre-entry and entry fees for the BCWC race it competes in. If a runner wins both a Challenge division race and a Dirt Dozen race, the horse only receives the full benefits of the Challenge win. Bankroll credits must be used in the year they were earned. In order to use the Dirt Dozen bonus at the BCWC, a horse must be nominated prior to the pre-entry deadline of Noon, October 23.

Click here for the complete rules for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Dozen.

Dirt Dozen Bankroll Tiers

$1 million Race Division

Bonus Tier Cash Bankroll Towards BCWC Fees
1st $15,000
2nd $7,500
3rd $3,750

$2 million Race Division

Bonus Tier Cash Bankroll Towards BCWC Fees
1st $30,000
2nd $15,000
3rd $7,500

Below is the schedule of dirt races selected that will be included in the series for 2023:

Division Date Race Track Grade Distance
Dirt Mile TBD San Diego Handicap Del Mar Grade II 1 1/16 Miles
Dirt Mile TBD Philip H. Iselin Monmouth Grade III 1 1/16 Mile
Distaff TBD Fleur De Lis Churchill Downs Grade II 1 1/8 Miles
Distaff TBD Zenyatta Stakes Santa Anita Grade II 1 1/16 Miles
Filly & Mare Sprint TBD Derby City Distaff Churchill Downs Grade I 7F
Filly & Mare Sprint TBD Rancho Bernardo Del Mar Grade III 6 1/2F
Juvenile TBD Del Mar Futurity Del Mar Grade I 7F
Juvenile TBD Iroquois Churchill Downs Grade III 1 1/16 Miles
Juvenile Fillies TBD Spinaway Saratoga Grade I 7F
Juvenile Fillies TBD Pocahontas Churchill Downs Grade III 1 1/16 Miles
Sprint TBD Smile Handicap Gulfstream Park Grade III 6F
Sprint TBD Santa Anita Sprint Championship Santa Anita Grade II 6F

Please contact the Breeders’ Cup Racing Department with any questions regarding the Dirt Dozen Bonus Series. Racing@breederscup.com