07/08/2011 4:47PM

Breeders' Cup gets 107 nominees through special program


Horsemen have nominated 107 horses to the Breeders' Cup through a program the organization implemented last year allowing owners to nominate ineligible horses through a special one-time fee, the Breeders' Cup said on Friday at the close of the program.

According to the Breeders' Cup, the horses include Canford Cliffs, the Irish-bred winner of five consecutive Group 1 races in Europe; Cape Blanco, winner of last year's Irish Derby; Dubawi Heights, the winner of the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes at Hollywood Park in May; and Gitano Hernando, the winner of the 2009 Goodwood Stakes who was sold to Chechen President Ramzan Kadryov this year.

Of the 107 horses who were nominated, 24 are 3 years old or older, 63 are 2-year-olds, and 20 are yearlings, the Breeders' Cup said.

Under the program, Breeders' Cup allowed owners of horses to nominate yearlings of 2010 for a fee of $3,000. Horses born in 2009 were allowed to be nominated for $6,000, and older horses were allowed to be nominated for $25,000. The horses will now be eligible to start in Breeders' Cup races without paying supplemental entry fees. Under the current nomination structure, horses have to be sired by a Breeders' Cup-nominated stallion and must be nominated as yearlings. Breeders' Cup implemented the one-time program as part of an overall restructuring of its foreign nominations program to create incentives for horses born outside of North America to participate in the Breeders' Cup.

With the expiration of the program, horses who are not nominated will be required to pay the supplemental fees to enter a Breeders' Cup race. Those fees can run as high as $200,000.