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January 24, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

NTRA--Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited have announced that a record 15,850 foals were nominated to the Breeders' Cup program in 2004. The 15,850 foals by Breeders' Cup, European Breeders' Fund (EBF) and Common Fund nominated stallions tops the old mark of 15,786 foals nominated in 2000. The 2004 total also represents a 5.7% increase in nominated foals from 2003. (The results do not include Southern Hemisphere foals, which have an April 15 nomination deadline.)

Total foal nomination revenue generated by the 2004 foal crop was $8,016,000, the highest revenue total since the nomination process began in 1982.

Breeders' Cup foal nominations have increased since the abatement of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS), which swept through the Kentucky farms during the spring of 2001. The number of Kentucky foals nominated to the Breeders' Cup Program in 2004 was 8,108, a 12.7% increase from 7,193 Kentucky foals which were nominated last year.

“We are delighted with this year's record breaking nomination totals, and our steady increases since the MRLS incident” said D.G. Van Clief, Jr. president of Breeders' Cup Ltd. “We greatly appreciate the continued support of our nominators, whose funding of our purse programs is an integral part of the global effort to grow our industry.”

Breeders' Cup foal and stallion nominations fund the purses for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program and other marketing and television initiatives underwritten by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA).

Foal nominators paid a one-time fee of $500 per foal by October 15, 2004, which made their foals eligible to the Breeders' Cup program for their entire racing careers. For the first time, foals that were not nominated by October 15 could also be nominated by December 15 for a one-time fee of $1,500. A total of 88 foals were nominated after Oct. 15 under the new rule.

All nominated foals are by Breeders' Cup, EBF or Common Fund nominated stallions. Stallion nominators pay an annual fee equal to their stallion's advertised stud fee in order to make those stallions eligible to the Breeders Cup program.

The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited administer the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $14 million in purses and awards and the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site,