The Breeders’ Cup board on Friday approved the operating budget for 2013 which, for the first time, will include travel allowances paid to all participants shipping from outside of California for this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park.
In addition, the Breeders’ Cup will reduce entry fees for its Championships races from 3% to 2%, also beginning with this year.
This year, owners of horses shipping from outside of North America to the Championships will receive a $40,000 travel allowance, and owners of domestic horses shipping to California will receive a $10,000 travel allowance.
“As the leading international Thoroughbred racing event offering $25 million in purses, today’s actions further our goals of increasing our global reach by creating even more attractive opportunities for our participants,” Breeders’ Cup Chairman Tom Ludt said in a release. “We’re very excited to extend significant travel allowances to all owners shipping horses to California and to make the Championships more affordable by reducing entry fees by 33 percent for all races.”
Breeders’ Cup spokesman Jim Gluckson said later Friday afternoon the Breeders’ Cup would still have a series of “Win and You’re In” challenge races for 2013 where each race winner would be guaranteed an automatic berth in their Breeders’ Cup qualifying race along with having their entry fees paid and a travel allowance given. The schedule of “Win and You’re In” challenge races has not yet been announced for 2013.
“There will be a Breeders’ Cup Challenge series and we will continues to have free entries for the winners, that is not going to change,” Gluckson said when reached Friday. “We’ll have more news about that when we do the schedule down the road.”