The Breeders’ Cup has reported that 160 stallions have been nominated to its new international program since nominations opened seven days ago. The Breeders’ Cup expanded its nominations program this year to "broaden international participation in its racing programs and increase the number of the world’s best horses eligible to participate in its year-end championships," according to a Breeders’ Cup release.
The release said nominations have come from 35 stud farms in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
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.
Breeders’ Cup is offering a special one-time, fee-based "open enrollment" program this year for previously non-nominated horses. The open enrollment program, from Feb. 1-June 30, is available to any horse sired by stallions nominated to the Breeders’ Cup according to the following fee schedule: yearlings for $3,000, 2-year-olds for $6,000 and 3-year-olds and up for $25,000.
"We are encouraged by the response from the international breeding community for our new global nominations program," said Breeders’ Cup president and CEO Greg Avioli. "The new stallion program and the open enrollment of horses in training have great potential in strengthening the international participation and competition for the Championships."
In another change in the nominations program this year, Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees and subsidizing travel costs to the Championships for all Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying "Win and You’re In" race winners who are Breeders’ Cup eligible. Breeders’ Cup also will pay a new $10,000 award to the nominator of any U.S. or Canadian foal that wins a Challenge race.