Five days to deadline for Breeders’ Cup nomination discount

The Breeders’ Cup is due to place at Santa Anita on November 1-2. It was last staged at the California track in 2016. Photo: Doug Engle/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders’ Cup

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

The nomination discounts are as follows:

  • 2-year-olds by a nominated Breeders’ Cup stallions can join the program for $12,000. This one-time nomination fee makes the horse Breeders’ Cup-eligible for its entire racing career. 
  • Runners who are 3-year-olds and up and were foaled in the Northern Hemisphere and sired by a nominated stallion will receive a 50 percent discount off normal nomination fees. Three-year-olds and older born in the Southern Hemisphere can be nominated for 25 percent 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 nomination fee of $100,000 or more until October 21, when all runners must be pre-entered for this year’s races.

    Owners may nominate horses of racing age here 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.

    Here 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)
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