06/29/2015 10:13PM

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approves KBIF measures for out-of-state broodmares


The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved on Monday a series of amendments to the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund, including measures to allow pregnant mares covered by a Kentucky stallion and purchased at a public auction outside of the state to nominate for the fund.

The KBIF is an incentive program for breeders who have bred their mare to a Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund-registered stallion and board their mare in Kentucky from first cover until foaling. Funding is generated through sales taxes paid from breeding to a Kentucky stallion, and awards are paid out through foals winning approved races in the U.S. and at Woodbine, as well as selected group stakes races worldwide.

Under the newly-approved guidelines, a special filing for the KBIF may be made if a pregnant mare is covered by an approved stallion, purchased at public auction outside of Kentucky, and is returned to the state within 14 days after the conclusion of the sale. The foal must also meet all other KBIF eligibility requirements.

However, filing under those conditions will come at a premium. A $300 fee will be charged for filings during the mare’s cover year, $1,500 during the foal’s weanling year, and $3,000 during the yearling year.

The fund already provided similar measures for pregnant mares that left the state for race training or medical reasons.

Prior to the board’s decision, the in-utero foals of pregnant mares that left the state to participate in auctions outside of Kentucky were not eligible for the KBIF program. This drew concerns from members of the fund’s advisory committee that the rule discouraged breeders from buying a Kentucky-covered mare and returning her to the state if sold elsewhere.

The amendment was presented with the support of industry members including Geoffrey Russell of Keeneland, Bayne Welker of Fasig-Tipton, Chauncey Morris of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association-Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, and Senator Damon Thayer.

The commission also approved disciplinary measures for breeders charged or convicted of cruelty, mistreatment, abuse, or neglect of any horse.

The new language allows the KBIF to deny or revoke winner’s earnings and registration of a foal or horse, and bar the offender from participation in the fund from one to five years depending on the severity of the violation.

Any earnings or other privileges withheld during the time a breeder is charged, but not convicted, are eligible for reinstatement upon proof that the charges were dismissed and the facts forming the basis of the charge were false.