Blame (right) defeats Zenyatta in last year's Breeders' Cup ClassicPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Breeders' Cup signs up 160 stallions in first week
THE Breeders' Cup's new international programme received nominations relating to 160 stallions in the week following its launch.
In a move designed to boost international participation, all foals sired by Breeders' Cup nominated international stallions willfor the first time this year be automatically eligible to run in the Breeders' Cup. In order to qualify for the programme, owners of stallions standing outside the US and Canada in the northern hemisphere pay an annual fee equal to 50 per cent of the stallion's published fee. The fee is halved to 25 per cent for those standing in the southern hemisphere.
Greg Avioli: 'extremely encouraged by enthusiastic response'
The Breeders' Cup has reported that stallions from 35 studs worldwide have been nominated to the scheme including those from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain France, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
"We are extremely encouraged by the enthusiastic responsefrom the international breeding community for our new global nominations programme," said Greg Avioli, Breeders' Cup President and CEO.
The Breeders' Cup is also offering an "open enrollment" programme open from February 1 to June 30 for previously non-nominated horses. Such horses sired by Breeders' Cup stallions can be nominated to the scheme via a one-off payment; $3,000 for yearlings, $6,000 for two-year-olds and $25,000 three-year-olds and older horses.
Avioli added: "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."