Breeders' Cup Foal Nomination Decline Attributed to MRLS

Breeders' Cup Limited and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Thursday that 15,020 foals were nominated to the Breeders' Cup program in 2001. The figure, representing nominations by Breeders' Cup, European Breeders' Fund and Common Fund nominated stallions, is a 4.84% decrease from the previous year and is the first decline in nominated foals since 1992.

Officials with the two organizations attributed the decline in large part to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome that hit Kentucky farms last spring. The 7,828 Kentucky foals nominated to the Breeders' Cup program in 2001 represented a decline of 5.6% from the 8,294 nominated in 2000.

The total nominated in 2001 is 38.7% of the 36,100 foals registered to The Jockey Club in 2001. In 2000, 40.2% of The Jockey Club's 36,700 registered foals were nominated to the Breeders' Cup.

The $7,510,000 in revenues generated from 2001 foal nominations was the third highest total since the Breeders' Cup nomination program began in 1982.

"Considering the declines in the Kentucky foal crop due to MRLS, our nomination numbers overall remain very strong," said D.G. Van Clief, Jr., president of Breeders' Cup Ltd. and vice chairman of the NTRA. "This year's foal nomination figures are indicative of the breeding industry's support for the Breeders' Cup and NTRA programs and a keen awareness of their importance to the continued growth of the sport."

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