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Aug. 1 is Discounted Foal Nomination Deadline

Early Breeders' Cup nominators receive $100 discount on $500 foal nomination fee.

The deadline for Breeders’ Cup foal nominators to receive the early discount of $100 off the $500 foal nomination fee is Monday, Aug. 1.

The discount applies to all foals nominated electronically or “on-line” to the Breeders’ Cup program for the 2011 foal crop, if the nomination is made at on or before the 11:59 p.m. Aug. 1 deadline. Nominators may also call the Breeders’ Cup racing department at (859) 514-9423 by the end of Aug. 1 to receive the discounted foal fee.

Beginning this year, any nominated horse that wins a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge race earns an immediate $10,000 award for the foal nominator. These awards and the nominator awards that are paid for horses that finish first, second, or third in a Breeders’ Cup World Championships race provide nearly $2 million each year to breeders who nominate their foals as weanlings.

Early participation not only guarantees the $100 discount but also insures the Breeders’ Cup nomination is also included on the catalog page for weanlings entered into any November sales.

All foals sired by a fully-nominated Breeders’ Cup stallion, European Breeders’ Fund stallion or BCL/EBF Common Fund stallion are eligible for nomination to the Breeders’ Cup program in their year of birth. The standard $500 foal nomination, for those choosing not to nominate on-line or by calling, will remain in effect, with a deadline of midnight, Oct. 15.  Late foal nominations may be made until midnight (ET), Dec. 15, of the year of birth by payment of a one-time $1,500 nomination fee.  This is the last year that foals sired by a stallion nominated to any other program other than the Breeders’ Cup will be eligible to be nominated.

Beginning in 2012, only foals sired by Breeders’ Cup nominated stallions will be eligible. Stallions standing anywhere in the world can be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup under the terms of this new program.

A Breeders’ Cup-nominated foal is eligible to participate and earn full purses and awards in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships races and in any other Breeders’ Cup racing program for as long as it races without any further nomination payments due.