07/24/2003 11:00PM

California cuts Cup visitor fees

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DEL MAR, Calif. - The California Horse Racing Board on Thursday voted to reduce the licensing fees for owners and trainers who send horses from out of state or other countries for the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.

The issue was approved after considerable debate.

Licenses typically cost $150 for owners and trainers, but a 120-day license costing $50 will be issued later this year that expires on Dec. 31.

The board approved two other Breeders' Cup-related measures. Foreign horses will not need lip tattoos to be eligible to race on Breeders' Cup Day. In addition, handlers will be allowed on the racetrack during post parades and will allowed to be present at the starting gate, a practice that is common in Europe.

Earlier, the board amended the rules for superfecta payoffs, which will be redistributed in the event a race has only four wagering interests among the finishers. Previously, five wagering interests had to finish for a payoff to occur.