Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Starting today, all non-nominated yearlings and horses of racing are eligible to join the Breeders’ Cup through a new Open Enrollment program.

In September of last year the Breeders’ Cup Board passed sweeping changes to its worldwide nomination program to increase the number of eligible runners for the 2011 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Among those changes was the offer of a special one-time, fee-based program this year for previously non-nominated horses.

This Open Enrollment period, which will end June 30, is available to any previously non-nominated horse sired by any stallion standing anywhere in the world that has been nominated to the Breeders’ Cup in 2011.

The fee payment structure is as follows:

Yearlings (Born in 2010): US$ 3,000
Two-year-olds (Born in 2009): US$ 6,000
Three-year-old and older (Born in 2008 and Earlier): US$25,000

Upon expiration of the one-time open enrollment, the late nominations fees will revert to standard rates for horses that were not previously nominated (e.g., $100,000/$200,000 Horses of Racing Age fee).

Earlier today, Bowman’s Flight, owned by All Along LLC, a 2-year-old colt by Stevie Wonderboy out of Bouche Bee, was the first horse of racing age to nominate under the Open Enrollment program for a fee of $6,000. Under the previous system, All Along LLC would have been required to pay a fee of $100,000 to make Bowman’s Flight eligible to the program.

“The open enrollment program is a great opportunity for North American owners, and those in the international market, to nominate their racing stock at extremely favorable prices,” said Dora Delgado, Breeders Cup Senior Vice President, Racing & Nominations. “We want to provide those who did not nominate under the previous system, especially in the yearling category at $3,000 per individual, the chance to take advantage of the full benefits of the Breeders’ Cup program during the next five months.”

These newly nominated horses will experience the same benefits as those runners nominated as foals under the previous system. They will receive full eligibility to the redesigned Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” Series. Any horse that wins a Challenge race in 2011, in addition to having an automatic starting position in the corresponding Championships race, will also have its entry fees paid and receive a travel allowance when they start in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which offers $26 million in purses and awards. Additionally foal nominators of every Breeders’ Cup Challenge winner will receive a $10,000 nominator award.

Non-nominated horses may be enrolled online at http://www.members.breederscup.com.

In addition to the Open Enrollment, Breeders' Cup introduced in 2011 a new International Stallion Nominations program. To date, more than 180 overseas stallions have been nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program.  Beginning this year, all foals sired by Breeders’ Cup nominated international stallions will be automatically eligible to participate in Breeders’ Cup World Championships races. To qualify for the new program, owners of stallions standing outside of the United States and Canada in the Northern Hemisphere will pay an annual nomination fee equal to 50% of their stallion’s published stud fee and owners of stallions standing in the Southern Hemisphere will pay a nomination fee equal to 25% of their stallion’s published stud fee.