2014 Breeders’ Cup Challenge ‘Win & You’re In’ Series
The 2014 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series is a true ‘Win & You’re In’ program. With races selected worldwide in every Championship division, owning a Breeders’ Cup nominated runner is more important than ever.

In 2014, any nominated horse that wins a Challenge race will receive:
  • An automatic starting position in the corresponding Championship race
  • Pre-entry and entry fees paid
  • A nominator award of $10,000 to the person nominating the foal or racehorse
All Championship starters will receive a travel award if based outside of California.
  • $10,000 for North America
  • $40,000 for International


Breeders’ Cup World Championships offer 14 Championship divisions and $27 Million in purses and awards each year combined with the Challenge benefits makes $30 Million in purses and awards available for Breeders’ Cup nominated horses each year.

The 2014 Schedule of Challenge Races is coming soon.
“Win and You’re In” Program Rules
The following rules shall govern the “Win and You’re In” Program in connection with the running of the Challenge Races and the participation of Challenge Race winners in the Championships. All benefits and rewards earned from winning a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race are only awarded to Breeders’ Cup Nominated horses.
  • The winning horse in a Challenge Race shall receive automatic selection into the Championship race that corresponds with the division of the Challenge Race won.
  • A horse that wins a Challenge Race shall have its starting fees (the total of pre-entry and entry fees) paid for the Championship race that corresponds with the division of the Challenge Race won, provided the horse is Breeders’ Cup-nominated.
  • If a horse wins a Challenge Race in one division and pre-enters a Championship race in another division, the horse will not receive an automatic starting position in the Championship race and its owner will have to pay the difference in starting fees (the total of pre-entry and entry fees) between those for the Championship race in the Challenge division won and those for the Championship race entered.
  • The owner of a horse that wins a Challenge Race will receive a travel allowance to the Championships in an amount to be determined by Breeders' Cup Limited if the horse travels from a location outside of California
  • The person who nominates a horse to the Breeders’ Cup program will receive a $10,000 foal nominator award if the horse wins and is nominated prior to the Challenge Race.
  • The owner of a Challenge Race winning horse will receive the starting fees (the total of pre-entry and entry fees) and the travel allowance if the horse enters a Championship race. The owner does not receive entry fees or the travel allowance if the horse does not ship to the Championships.
  • A horse that has not been nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program will not be eligible to receive payment of starting fees (the total of pre-entry and entry fees) for the Championship race or the travel allowance to the Championships until nominated. The owner of a non-nominated horse may receive payment of starting fees (the total of pre-entry and entry fees) and travel allowance if the horse is nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program to the applicable Championship race prior to pre-entry for the Championship race.
  • The benefits resulting from winning a Challenge Race are only available in the year in which the Challenge Race is won and do not carry over to future years if the horse is unable to compete in the Championships in the year it wins a Challenge Race.
  • In the event a designated Breeders’ Cup Challenge turf race is taken off the turf, due to unsafe racing conditions, the horse that wins the 'off the turf' race will NOT receive an automatic qualifying position and will not receive pre-entry or entry fees to enter the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in the applicable Turf Division race, even if the American Graded Stakes Committee reinstates the original grade. The decision to take a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Division turf race off the turf course is under the sole discretion of the racetrack/racing association, not Breeders’ Cup Limited.
  • In the event a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race is declared a dead heat for first place by the racing officials at the site of the Challenge Race, each horse in the dead heat shall be considered a winner for Win & You’re In purposes. Each horse’s nominator shall receive the Foal Nominator Award for the Challenge Race. In the event any or all of the horses that finished first in the dead heat pre-enter a Championship race in the division of the subject Challenge Race, the following shall apply: (i) each horse shall receive an automatic berth in the Championship race; (ii) each horse shall receive a proportionate credit toward entry fees, e.g., 50% for a two horse dead heat, 33 1/3% for a three horse dead heat, etc.; and (iii) each horse shall receive the full travel allowance. As a matter of clarification, if there is a dead heat for first and one or more of the horses in the dead heat are disqualified, the remaining horse(s) in the dead heat shall be deemed the winner(s) and will receive the associated Challenge benefits.
  • In the event a horse wins more than one Challenge Race in a given year, the Challenge benefits for the owner of such horse will include only one starting fee to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships that year. If the horse is entered in a Championship race in the same division as the Challenge Race(s) won, the Challenge benefit shall be the starting fee of the Championship race entered. If the horse is entered in a Championship race in a division other than the division of the Challenge Race(s) won, the Challenge benefit shall be the starting fee of highest value corresponding with the division of the Challenge Race(s) won, but not in excess of the starting fee of the Championship race in which the horse is entered.
  • If a horse that has won a Challenge Race competes in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and its pre-race or post-race blood or urine test(s) is determined to be positive for any prohibited substance(s) by the applicable racing officials, the owner of such horse shall not receive the Challenge benefits consisting of starting fees and travel allowance or, if such owner has received such Challenge benefits when the results of the drug tests are announced by the applicable racing officials, the Challenge benefits shall be promptly refunded to Breeders’ Cup Limited.
  • Breeders' Cup Limited reserves the right in its sole discretion to postpone, discontinue, amend or change the conditions of all or any part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win & You're In" race program.
For more information, contact the Breeders’ Cup Racing Office at (859) 514-9422 or email: bcracing@breederscup.com .