Florida Sets Up Point System to Determine Year-End Champions

Edited press release
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association announced at its last board of directors meeting that year-end divisional champions will be determined using the "FTBOA Chase to the Championship" point system, a ranking that awards points for success in stakes races. Previously, Florida-bred champions were decided by a panel of five racing secretaries from around the country.

The "FTBOA Chase to the Championship" allocates points for stakes wins in graded races, open-company stakes and Florida's signature racing days, with the number of points awarded based upon the classification of the race. International stakes race status is governed by the International Cataloguing Standards Committee. The first three finishers in all group/graded and listed races appearing in Part I of the International Cataloguing Standards and International Statistics Book printed by The Jockey Club receive "black-type" designation.

The Florida-bred with the most points in each division on Dec. 31 is deemed champion of that division. Horse of the Year, broodmare of the year and breeder of the year will be voted on by the FTBOA board of directors and announced at the FTBOA's annual awards dinner.

In the case of a year-end tie in points in any division, earnings will be used to decide the tiebreaker. Points are assigned as follows:

World Thoroughbred Championship Breeders' Cup Race:
Win: 20 points
Place: 15 points
Show: 10 points

Grade 1 Stakes Race:
Win: 15 points
Place: 10 points
Show: 5 points

Grade 2 Stakes Race:
Win: 5 points
Place: 3 points
Show: 2 points

Grade 3 Stakes Race:
Win: 3 points
Place: 2 points
Show: 1 point

Sunshine Millions:
Win: 5 points
Place: 3 points
Show: 2 points

Other Florida-bred Signature Race Days (The Florida Million, Florida Cup, Florida Stallion Stakes Series):
Win: 3 points
Place: 2 points
Show: 1 point

Open-Company Stakes ($40,000 + Purse) Points for WIN ONLY:
Win: 2 points

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