Due to changes in racetrack schedules and auction sales dates as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, the Breeders' Cup announced Monday that it's extending the discount deadline for horses of racing age to Saturday, Aug. 15.
All horses must be Breeders' Cup-nominated in order to compete in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which is scheduled to be held at Keeneland Nov. 6-7.
The original horses of racing age nomination discount deadline was July 15.
“Although most Breeders' Cup nominated horses join the program as weanlings, there are a few each year that didn't get the Breeders' Cup advantage as a foal,” said Dora Delgado, Breeders' Cup Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Officer. “We created the horses of racing age nomination program to make sure all runners have a chance to compete in our racing programs including the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Now that racing has resumed in most locations, we believe our one-month extension will allow horsemen to better evaluate their racing stock and nominate to the Breeders' Cup program, providing eligibility for their entire racing career.”
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 older 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.
Following the Aug. 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. 26, when all runners must be pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup World Championships races.
Owners may nominate their horses of racing age online here or by calling the Breeders' Cup Racing department at 859-514-9422.