In advance of the 34th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held for the first time at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., on Nov. 3-4, Breeders’ Cup and NBC Sports are ramping up television coverage of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series with 11 "Win and You’re In" Series presented by Lane’s End Farm and America’s Best Racing telecasts scheduled for 2017.
Now in its fourth year on NBC and NBCSN, the Challenge Series television lineup for 2017 has been enhanced with the addition of the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 17, which will be the first U.S. “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic; the Grade 1 Arlington Million Stakesfrom Arlington International Racecourse on Aug. 12; and the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic , also a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, on Aug. 19 at Del Mar.
Last year 43 Breeders’ Cup Challenge winners participated in the Breeders’ Cup. Two of those Challenge winners won Breeders’ Cup races: Classic Empire in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Highland Reel in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series continues to grow and improve since its inception in 2007 when the original concept was comprised of 24 “Win and You’re In” races in two countries. The 2017 Challenge Series features 81 automatic-qualifying races into corresponding races of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 13 different countries, including 49 races in North America.
* not an official Challenge Series Race