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Breeders' Cup Stakes program features 135 Races; $8 million in Funds allocated in 2006


February 16, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

NTRA, Feb. 16 – Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced that the 2006 Breeders' Cup Stakes program will feature 135 races and allocate $8 million in Breeders' Cup Funds – an increase of $695,000 over last year - to existing stakes races across the United States and Canada.

There are 27 races which will receive Breeders’ Cup enhancements for the first time. (Confirmed schedule of races through June 30 may be accessed at breederscup.com)

Now in its 11th year, the Breeders' Cup Stakes program is cooperatively funded by Breeders' Cup Ltd. and 43 participating racetracks. Combined with racetrack and racing association allocations, total purses for the 2006 series will be in excess of $26 million.

"We are pleased to continue substantial allocations in funding for the Stakes program to horsemen across the U.S. and Canada and provide them with multiple opportunities to earn Breeders' Cup money throughout the year," said D.G. Van Clief, Jr., president of Breeders' Cup Ltd. and NTRA Commissioner. "Additionally, deployment of this money continues to strengthen our partnerships with the industry’s breeders, owners and racetracks."

There are 81 American graded stakes and 6 Canadian graded events in the 2006 Breeders' Cup Stakes program. There are nine new series races in the first half of the schedule:

The $100,000 California Breeders’ Cup Oaks at Golden Gate Fields ($25,000 BC Funds) for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, which was run on February 11;

$125,000 Endeavour Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs ($25,000 BC Funds) for fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, run at 1 1/16 miles on the turf on February 18;

$300,000 Barbara Fritchie Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park ($75,000 BC Funds) for fillies and mares, 3-years-old and up, run at seven furlongs on March 4;

$300,000 General George Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park ($75,0000 BC Funds) for 3-years-old and up, run at seven furlongs on March 18;

$200,000 Shirley Jones Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park (50,000 BC Funds), for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, run at seven furlongs on March 18;

$150,000 Harry Henson Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Sunland Park ($50,000 BC Funds) for fillies and mares, 3-years-old and up, run at one mile on April 1;

$150,000 Kentucky Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs ($50,000 BC Funds) for 2-year-olds, run at five furlongs on May 4;

$100,000 Bay Meadows Breeders’ Cup Oaks at Bay Meadows ($25,000 BC Funds) for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the turf on May 29;

and the $250,000 New York Breeders’ Cup Handicap (Gr. II) at Belmont Park ($100,000 BC Funds) for fillies and mares, 3-years-old and up, run at 1 1⁄4 miles on the turf on June 24.

In Breeders' Cup Stakes program races, Breeders' Cup nominated horses run for the total purse. Non-nominated horses compete only for the purse money provided by the host racing association.

Breeders of nominated runners that finish first, second or third in a Breeders' Cup Stakes program race also receive nominator awards.

Since 1984, Breeders' Cup Ltd. has paid out more than $380 million in purses and awards through the Breeders' Cup World Championships and its year-round racing programs.

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 also administer the Breeders' Cup World 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, ntra.com.