The Japan Racing Association (JRA) and the Breeders’ Cup announced earlier today that three Japanese group I races will be added to the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series schedule for the 2016 racing season. They will join the group I Takarazuka Kinen that has been a part of the program since 2011.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge consists of 81 stakes races from all over the world, where winners are granted starting positions, as well as their entry fees paid, into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. This year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held at Santa Anita Park on November 4th and 5th.
Two of the three Japanese races will award retroactive Breeders’ Cup Challenge entries. They are the February Stakes (Jpn-I), which was held on February 21st, and the Yasuda Kinen (Jpn-I), which was run on June 5th. The February Stakes ‘Win and You’re In’ entry is for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), while the Yasuda Kinen automatic berth will be for the Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT).
Moanin won the February Stakes and the Yasusa Kinen was taken down by Logotype.
The third new Japanese Races is the Sprinters Stakes (Jpn-I). It will take place on October 2nd at the Nakayama Racecourse. It’s a six-furlong race, with the automatic berth going to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint ( gr. IT).
“Working in concert with the Japan Racing Association, we are very pleased and proud to strengthen the international reach of the Challenge series by adding the February Stakes, Yasuda Kinen, and the Sprinters Stakes to our schedule,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel.