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Horse Racing: Breeders’ Cup 2022 Schedule, Challenge Series, Vegas Odds & How To Watch

  • Keeneland hosts the prestigious Breeders’ Cup in 2022, with 14 Grade 1s set to be run
  • The Breeders’ Cup Classic, worth $6 million, is the feature of the two-day meet

Following the conclusion of the Triple Crown season in the U.S. with the running of the Belmont Stakes, all eyes will now turn to potential routes to the Breeders’ Cup in November. The Breeders’ Cup 2022 will be staged at Keeneland, Lexington, and you can find everything you need to know about the event this year below.


Breeders’ Cup 2022 Schedule

  • When: Friday, November 4 2022- Saturday, November 5 2022
  • Where: Keeneland, Lexington
  • How To Watch: NBC Sport

Breeders’ Cup 2022 Races

Like every year, there will be an international flavor to the Breeders’ Cup in 2022, with races being run on both dirt and turf. Five championship races are held on the Friday for horses aged two, while Saturday’s action attracts stars from around the world, with nine further championship races being staged.

The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the big race of the meet, while the Breeders’ Cup Turf and Breeders’ Cup Distaff have also created memorable moments for international connections over recent years. The full lineup of races that will be staged at Keeneland in 2022 can be found below.

RaceDatePurseDistanceGrade
Breeders’ Cup ClassicSaturday, November 5$6 million1 ½ miles1
Breeders’ Cup TurfSaturday, November 5$4 million1 ½ miles1
Breeders’ Cup MileSaturday, November 5$2 million1 mile1
Breeders’ Cup DistaffSaturday, November 5$2 million1 1/8 miles1
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare TurfSaturday, November 5$2 million1 3/8 miles1
Breeders’ Cup SprintSaturday, November 5$2 million6 furlongs1
Breeders’ Cup Turf SprintSaturday, November 5$1 million5 furlongs1
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare SprintSaturday, November 5$1 million7 furlongs1
Breeders’ Cup Dirt MileSaturday, November 5$1 million1 mile1
Breeders’ Cup JuvenileFriday, November 4$2 million1 1/16 miles1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile TurfFriday, November 4$2 million1 mile1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile FilliesFriday, November 4$2 million1 1/16 miles1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf SprintFriday, November 4$1 million5 furlongs2
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies TurfFriday, November 4$1 million1 mile1


Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races

In order to line up in one of the lucrative races that are staged at the Breeders’ Cup, horses will need to first win a race in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series. These races are held across the globe, with winning connections automatically gaining entry to the relevant race.

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Selected qualification races for this year’s event can be found below, including winners of previous Challenge Series races held this year.

Winning HorseLocation of Challenge RaceChallenge RaceRace Qualified For
Village King (ARG)ArgentinaGran Premio International Carlos Pellegrini StakesBreeders’ Cup Turf
Jet Dark (SAF)South AfricaL’Ormarins Queen’s PlateBreeders’ Cup Mile
Captain’s Ransom (SAF)South AfricaCartier Paddock StakesBreeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
Café Pharoah (USA)JapanFebruary StakesBreeders’ Cup Classic
La Validada (Arg)ArgentinaGran Premio CriadoresBreeders’ Cup Distaff
Sodashi (JPN)JapanVictoria MileBreeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
Viejos Tiempos (CHI)ChileGran Premio Club Hipico FalabellaBreeders’ Cup Mile
Count Again (USA)USAShoemaker MileBreeders’ Cup Mile
Songline (JPN)JapanYasuda KinenBreeders’ Cup Mile
Flightline (USA)USAHill N Dale Metropolitan HandicapBreeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
Casa Creed (USA)USAJaipurBreeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
Clairiere (USA)USAOgden PhippsBreeders’ Cup Distaff
Nature Strip (AUS)UKKing’s Stand StakesBreeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
Baaeed (GB)UKQueen Anne StakesBreeders’ Cup Mile
State of Rest (IRE)UKPrince of Wales’s StakesBreeders’ Cup Turf
The Ridler (GB)UKNorfolk StakesBreeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
Nautilus (BRZ)BrazilGrande Premio BrasilBreeders’ Cup Turf
Old Perfecta (PER)PeruGrand Premio PamplonaBreeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
Titleholder (JPN)JapanTakarazuka KinenBreeders’ Cup Turf
 Ce Ce (USA)USA- July 2Princess Rooney InvitationalBreeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
 Olympiad (USA)USA- July 2Stephen Foster StakesBreeders’ Cup Classic
 CyberknifeUSA- July 23Haskell StakesBreeders’ Cup Classic
Pyledriver UK- July 23King George VI & Queen Elizabeth StakesBreeders’ Cup Turf
 BaaeedUK- July 27Sussex StakesBreeders’ Cup Mile
 American TheoremUSA- July 30Bing Crosby StakesBreeders’ Cup Sprint
 Life Is GoodUSA- August 6The WhitneyBreeders’ Cup Classic
Blue Stripe (ARG) USA- August 7Clement L. Hirsch StakesBreeders’ Cup Distaff
 DalikaUSA- August 13Beverly D. StakesBreeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
 Casa CreedUSA- August 13Fourstardave StakesBreeders’ Cup Mile
 Inspiral France- August 14Prix Du Haras De FresnayBreeders’ Cup Mile
 BaaeedUK- August 17Juddmonte International StakesBreeders’ Cup Classic
 AlpinistaUK- August 18Yorkshire OaksBreeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
 UK- August 19Nunthorpe StakesBreeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
 France- August 21Darley Prix MornyBreeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint
 USA- August 27Pat O’Brien StakesBreeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
 USA- August 27Sword Dancer StakesBreeders’ Cup Turf
 USA- August 28The BallerinaBreeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
 USA- September 3Jockey Club Gold CupBreeders’ Cup Classic
 USA- September 3Flower BowlBreeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
 USA- September 3Del Mar HandicapBreeders’ Cup Turf
 USA- September 3Pacific ClassicBreeders’ Cup Classic
 Ireland- September 10Irish Champion StakesBreeders’ Cup Turf
 UK- September 23Rockfel StakesBreeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
 UK- September 24Royal Lodge StakesBreeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
 USA- October 1Awesome Again StakesBreeders’ Cup Classic
 France- October 2Prix De l’Arc De TriompheBreeders’ Cup Turf
 UK- October 15Champion StakesBreeders’ Cup Turf

Breeders’ Cup Classic Latest Vegas Odds & Pick

HorseVegas Odds
Flightline+300
Life Is Good+800
Jack Christopher+800
Country Grammer+1200
Mo Donegal+1200
Epicenter+1600
Hot Rod Charlie+2000
Mandaloun+2000

The latest odds for the Breeders’ Cup Classic can be found above. Flightline for trainer John Sadler is a very clear favorite at this early stage. The four-year-old boasts a perfect record on track with four wins from four starts. He returned following a six-month break in June, with a dominant success in the G1 Metropolitan Handicap. That form is the strongest of the leading contenders at present.

Life Is Good was excellent in the G1 Dirt Mile last year at Del Mar, and looked strong when beating last year’s Classic winner Knicks Go in the G1 Pegasus World Cup. However, he will need to bounce back following a disappointing run overseas. Jack Christopher could be the most interesting horse in the field after returning from injury with two victories. However, I get the sense that he is more likely to line-up in the G1 Dirt Mile at Keeneland this year.

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