Breeders' Cup Stakes Program
The Breeders' Cup Stakes Program is entering its 13th year, the Breeders' Cup Stakes program is cooperatively funded by Breeders' Cup Ltd., and 40 participating racetracks. Combined with racetrack and racing association allocations, total purses for the 2008 series will be in excess of $25 million.
In Breeders' Cup Stakes program races, Breeders' Cup nominated horses run for the total purse. Non-nominated horses compete only for the purse money provided by the host racing association. Breeders of nominated runners that finish first, second or third in a Breeders' Cup Stakes program race also receive nominator awards.
Since 1984, Breeders' Cup Ltd. has paid out more than $445 million in purses and awards through the Breeders' Cup World Championships and its year-round racing programs.
Breeders' Cup Limited also administers the Breeders' Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championships consisting of 14 races and $25.5 million in purses and awards and the Breeders' Cup Stakes program. The Breeders' Cup headquarters is located in Lexington, Ky.
Starting in 2008, all Breeders' Cup Stakes races will not use the Breeders' Cup name in its race title.