Breeders' Cup organisers have set up a new nominations programmePICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
New Breeders' Cup entry programme is underway
TWO-YEAR-OLD colt Bowman's Flight has secured a place in Breeders' Cup history without having to set foot on a racecourse.
The son of Stevie Wonderboy became the first horse of racing age to be nominated to the Breeders' Cup through the event's new open enrolment programme.
Bowman's Flight's owners All Along LLC paid $6,000 to make the colt eligible for the Breeders' Cup, where in previous years it would have cost $100,000.
The open enrolment programme provides a window for owners to make horses not nominated to the Breeders' Cup eligible for a one-off fee. It is available to any previously non-nominated horse sired by any stallion standing anywhere in the world who has been nominated for the Breeders' Cup in 2011.
The scheme opened yesterday and will close on June 30. For yearlings the cost is $3,000, for juveniles $6,000 and for three-year-old and older horses $25,000. The scheme opened yesterday and will close on June 30.After the open enrolment period the cost reverts to much higher fees, up to $100,000 or $200,000 for horses of racing age.
The open enrolment period was one of a number of sweeping changes made to the Breeders' Cup nomination system last year. Another new initiative is the international stallion nominations programme, in which all foals sired by Breeders' Cup-nominated international stallions will be automatically eligible to participate in Breeders' Cup races. More than 180 sires globally have been registered.