Field Selection & Points
A maximum of 14 starters are allowed in each of the Breeders' Cup Championships
races with the exception of the Dirt Mile which allows 12. Breeders'
has adopted a field selection system to select runners in the event fields are oversubscribed.
This system ranks horses in order of preference based upon (i) wins in Breeders'
Cup Challenge Races, (ii) a point system, and (iii) the judgment of a panel of racing
experts. The first two criteria will assign a maximum of 7 horses for fields limited
to 14 starters and a maximum of 6 horses for fields limited to 12 starters, or all
Challenge winners. The field selection system will be implemented as necessary following
the taking of pre-entries on October 24, 2016, to officially rank the oversubscribed
fields. The Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel (the “Panel”) will rank all the horses
pre-entered in the oversubscribed races as described below. After pre-entry, any
vacancies in the fields will be filled by horses in order of panel preference.
Online Pre-Entry opens October 1st
In the case of an oversubscribed fourteen or twelve horse field, the first horse(s)
selected will be the winner(s) of Breeders' Cup Challenge Races in the corresponding
Breeders' Cup division. If there are less than seven Challenge winners, the next
horse(s) will be ranked at pre-entry based on the total number of Graded Stakes
points they have collected during the year until a maximum of seven or six horses
have been ranked based on Breeders' Cup Challenge Races and Graded Stakes Points.
With the exception of the four Juvenile races, all horses will need to accumulate
a minimum of six (6) points in American and/or Canadian Graded Stakes Races to be
considered to receive an automatic selection on points. In the four (4) Juvenile
horses will need to accumulate a minimum of four (4) points in American and/or Canadian
Graded Stakes races to be considered to receive an automatic selection on points.
The horses remaining after the first seven or six (or all Challenge winners, whichever
is greater) in oversubscribed fourteen or twelve horse fields at the time of pre-entry
will be ranked in order of preference by the Panel. The Panel will be free to establish
its own criteria or ranking, so that high-quality horses of demonstrated ability
will have the opportunity to participate in Championship Races regardless of earlier
participation in graded events.
Horses will be allowed to pre-enter a maximum of two races. The races in which the
horse pre-enters must be designated in order of choice at the time of pre-entry
on Monday, October 24, 2016, Noon, local time at place of pre-entry. Performance
in Breeders' Cup Challenge Races and points earned in American and/or Canadian Graded
Stakes Races have no bearing on a given Championship Race field unless the race
is oversubscribed (more than fourteen or twelve pre-entered).
Once a horse has been ranked among the maximum number of starters, as
applicable, in its race of first choice at pre-entry, its ranking in its race of
second choice will be based only on the judgment of the Panel regardless of the
number of points earned in American and/or Canadian Graded Stakes Races. If a
horse is not ranked among the first maximum number of starters in its race of
first choice, then its points earned in American and/or Canadian Graded Stakes
Races will be utilized for ranking in its race of its second choice.
"Ties" at Pre-Entry
In the event more than fourteen or twelve horses are pre-entered in a particular
Championship Race and two or more horses are tied for the seventh or sixth, as applicable,
highest number of American and/or Canadian Graded Stakes Races points at the time
of pre-entry, the Panel shall decide which of those horses shall be the seventh
or sixth, as applicable, highest point earner. Horses not selected shall then be
ranked in order of preference by the Panel at its discretion.
The Panel will issue a list of all horses ranked in order of preference for each
Championship Race that is oversubscribed at the time of pre-entry. After pre-entry,
any vacancies in the fields of oversubscribed races will be filled by horses in
the Panel's order of preference as determined at pre-entry. NOTE: Points will have
no bearing on ranking after pre-entry.
Entries for all Breeders' Cup Championship races will close on Monday at 10
a.m., (PDT), October 31, 2016. At the time of entry, a maximum of fourteen or twelve
horses will be accepted for entry in each fourteen horse race and a maximum of twelve
for each twelve horse race based on the order of preference in the rankings established
at pre-entry. A horse will be permitted to enter two Breeders' Cup Championship
races under the following conditions: (i) the horse is eligible for both races;
(ii) the races will be contested on different days; (iii) the pre-entry and entry
fees are paid for both races; and (iv) neither race is oversubscribed. A horse may
not double-enter Breeders' Cup Championship races if the effect of such double
entry is to exclude another horse from competing. A horse entered in two Championship
races on different days may not compete on both days. Pre-entry and entry fees will
not be refunded for the race in which the owner of the double-entered horse elects
not to compete.
There will be up to two (2) also-eligible horses for each Championship race. The
also-eligible horses will be designated in accordance with the Breeders’ Cup Racing
Directors/Secretaries Panel’s order of preference for each Championship race that
is oversubscribed at the time of pre-entry. Scratch time for all Championships races
to be contested on both Championship Friday and Championship Saturday will be 8:00
a.m. PDT, Friday, November 4.
Breeders' Cup Limited, Santa Anita, and the CHRB have assembled a team of impartial,
experienced equine veterinarians that will be conducting a series of physical
inspections as well as observing each horse under tack during the week preceding
the event. Horses will be inspected on multiple occasions in the stable area, initially
upon arrival and at least one other time prior to race day. Race day customary procedures
for pre-race inspections also will be followed.
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be run in accordance with the rules of
racing of the State of California and as promulgated by the California Horse Racing
Board. A complete listing of these rules may be obtained at