The New York Thoroughbred Breeders and New York Racing Association announced a price reduction in foal nominations to the New York Stallion Stakes Series for progeny of New York-based stallions.
In previous years foal nominations to the series cost either $600 for a one-time weanling payment or $800 for a scheduled three-payment plan. Beginning with Series 2011 (foals of 2009), breeders can fully nominate their foals to the with a single one-time payment of $200 due on Dec. 1 of the weanling year. Breeders and owners may also nominate in the yearling and 2-year-old years: $1000 for yearlings and $5000 for two-year-olds.
"This is a positive change that will benefit all, breeders, owners, stallions, and New York racing, said Jeff Cannizzo, executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders. "The goal was to simplify the process and improve on the prosperous stakes program by increasing participation. This approach ensures that those breeding mares to New York-based stallions have no reason not to nominate in the weanling year."
Purchasers of a Series-eligible weanling at a recent sale would need to find out before the Dec. 1
The New York Stallion Stakes Series consists of 12 Stakes races worth $1.1 million. In order for a horse to be eligible to run in the New York Stallion Stakes Series, the sire must have been nominated in the year the foal was conceived. The stallion nomination fee is $2,500.00 or the advertised stud fee, whichever is higher. Fifty percent of the nomination fee is due Feb. 15, with the remaining 50% due July 1.