BREEDERS' CUP NOTES
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BREEDERS' CUP SETS FOAL NOMINATIONS RECORD FOR EIGHTH STRAIGHT YEAR; SURPASS 15,700
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Breeders' Cup Limited officials have announced another record-setting year of foal nominations, as 15,760 foals were nominated to the Breeders' Cup program in 2000. This total tops last year's previous high of 15,191.
The 15,760 foals by Breeders' Cup, European Breeders' Fund and Common Fund nominated stallions represent a 3.7 percent increase over 1999 and a 49.5 percent increase since 1995. It also marks the eighth consecutive year that the number of foals nominated has increased from the previous year. Among this total, 1,030 foals were sired by European Breeders' Fund (EBF) and Common Fund stallions.
Total revenue generated by the 2000 Breeders' Cup foal crop was $7,880,000, also a new record.
"We are very pleased to have our eighth straight record-setting year of foal nominations," said D.G. Van Clief, Jr., NTRA vice chairman and Breeders' Cup president. "This positive, steady trend not only confirms the continued growth of the Breeders' Cup, but is indicative of the breeding industry's support for Breeders' Cup and NTRA programs and a keen awareness of their importance."
Van Clief added, "Foal nomination is essential to fund the purses for the Breeders' Cup Championship and the National Stakes program as well as a portion of the marketing and television initiatives that Breeders' Cup and NTRA underwrite. We extend our thanks to breeders and owners around the world for their participation."
This year's foal nominating season also represented the first time Breeders' Cup offered the ability to nominate foals online via an interactive foal nominations system on the Breeders' Cup website (www.breederscup.com). Launched in late July, the online system generated 2,248 online foal registrations, approximately 14.3 percent of total nominations and $1,124,000 in revenue. "We are absolutely thrilled with the performance of the new online foal registration system," said Pamela Blatz-Murff, senior vice president of Breeders' Cup operations. "Given the relatively short time period the service was available this year, we expect nothing but high growth in online nominations next year."
Nominators paid a one-time, $500 per foal fee by October 16, 2000, to make their foals eligible to the Breeders' Cup program for their entire racing careers.
Breeders' Cup 2000 stallion nominations closed December 15, 2000. Results will be released in late January. New stallions may nominate within 90 days of their first cover.
|* 1982||9,260||$ 6,111,100.00|
|* 1982 horses include 1982 and older horses|
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