Nomination Discount for Breeders' Cup Horses of Racing Age Ends July 15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 8, 2019) - Owners of horses of racing age currently not nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program can nominate their runners at discounted rates on or before Monday, July 15 for competition in this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Nov.1-2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. All horses must be nominated in order to compete in any of the 14 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races.

The nomination discounts are as follows:

  • 2-year-olds by a nominated Breeders’ Cup stallion can join the program for US$12,000. This one-time nomination fee makes the racehorse Breeders’ Cup-eligible for its entire racing career.
  • Runners which are 3-year-olds and up that were foaled in the Northern Hemisphere and sired by a nominated stallion will receive a 50% discount off normal racehorse nomination fees. Three-year-olds and older which were born in the Southern Hemisphere can be nominated for 25% of their regular nomination fee.

All nominated racehorses are eligible for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will have purses and awards totaling more than $30 million this year, and for any other racing program of the Breeders’ Cup for their entire racing careers.

Following the July 15 deadline, the price for all non-nominated runners reverts back to the standard racehorse nomination fee of US$100,000 or more until Oct. 21, when all runners must be pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships races.

Owners may nominate their horses of racing age online at or by calling the Breeders’ Cup Racing department at 859-514-9422. 

Owners of horses of racing age by non-nominated stallions can also take advantage of discounted prices before July 15. Two-year-olds by non-nominated stallions can join the program for US$18,000; Northern Hemisphere 3-year-olds and older for US$100,000 and Southern Hemisphere 3-year-olds and older for US$50,000.

Below is the complete list of nomination prices and deadlines:

Horses of Racing Age sired by Nominated Stallion and Nominated before July 15.

  • Two-Year-Olds:  $12,000 (US)
  • Three-Year-Olds & Up (Northern Hemisphere-bred):  $50,000 (US)
  • Three-Year-Olds & Up (Southern Hemisphere-bred):  $25,000 (US)

Horses of Racing Age Sired by Nominated Stallion and Nominated after July 15.

  • Two-Year-Olds:  $100,000 (US)
  • Three-Year-Olds & Up (Northern Hemisphere-bred):  $100,000 (US)
  • Three-Year-Olds & Up (Southern Hemisphere-bred):  $100,000 (US)

Sired by NON Nominated Stallion and Nominated before July 15.

  • Two-Year-Olds:  $18,000 (US)
  • Three-Year-Olds & Up (Northern Hemisphere-bred):  $100,000 (US)
  • Three-Year-Olds & Up (Southern Hemisphere-bred):  $50,000 (US)

Sired by NON Nominated Stallion and Nominated after July 15.

  • Two-Year-Olds:  $200,000 (US)
  • Three-Year-Olds & Up (Northern Hemisphere-bred):  $200,000 (US)
  • Three-Year-Olds & Up (Southern Hemisphere-bred):  $200,000 (US)


About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 championship races (13 Grade 1 events and one Grade 2 race) with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million, will be held on November 1-2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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