The deadline for open enrollment of previously non-nominated yearlings and horses of racing age to the Breeders’ Cup program is June 30, Breeders’ Cup officials said.
The open enrollment period 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.
In 2010 the Breeders’ Cup board adopted changes to its worldwide nomination program to increase the number of eligible runners for the 2011 World Championships, which will be held Nov. 4-5 at Churchill Downs. The organization is offering a one-time, fee-based program this year for previously non-nominated horses.
The fees are $3,000 for yearlings (foals of 2010); $6,000 for 2-year-olds (foals of 2009); and $25,000 for 3-year-olds and older (foals of 2008 or earlier).
Upon expiration of the one-time open enrollment period, late nomination fees will revert to standard rates for horses that were not previously nominated.
“The open enrollment program is providing a great opportunity for North American owners, and those in the international market, to nominate their racing stock at extremely favorable prices,” Dora Delgado, Breeders' Cup senior vice president of racing and nominations, said in a statement. “We want to provide those who did not nominate under the previous system, especially in the yearling category at $3,000 per individual, and owners of 2-year-olds who want their runners in the new Juvenile Sprint, the chance to take advantage of the full benefits of the Breeders’ Cup program.”
Horses nominated during the enrollment period are eligible for the same benefits as horses nominated as foals under the previous system, Delgado said.
Earlier in June Breeders’ Cup announced creation of the Juvenile Sprint, which will carry a $500,000 purse. The six-furlong race is open to 2-year-old males and females.