Eligibility & Fees

Pre-Entry opens October 1st
Breeders' Cup Condition of Entry

As a condition of entry for any BCWC race, no horse (i) within six months of the BCWC shall test positive for any anabolic steroid or any other prohibited substance described under the ARCI prohibited substance list or (ii) within thirty (30) days of the BCWC shall have been treated with extracorporeal shock wave therapy. Any horse testing positive for anabolic steroids or other ARCI prohibited substances in a BCL out-of-competition test sample during the six-months prior to the BCWC will be ineligible to participate in BCWC. Any horse that has been treated with extracorporeal shock wave therapy in violation of this Condition will be ineligible to participate in BCWC.

Breeders' Cup Out of Competition Testing

Breeders’ Cup Limited will be conducting out-of-competition (OOC) testing on all 2021 Challenge winners and any other possible starters prior to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. This testing is separate from any testing the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) performs. The Breeders’ Cup OOC testing will be performed by The Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at UC Davis. Routine testing at the Maddy Lab meets or exceeds the protocols established by TOBA and required by Breeders’ Cup World Championships to ensure that the highest possible level of testing is performed on all samples.

The primary focus of OOC testing for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be for Epogen, darb-EPO, other blood doping agents, certain animal venoms, growth hormones, beta-2 agonists ractopamine and zilpaterol, anabolic steroids as well as any other drugs or medications prohibited by CHRB regulations or as described in CHRB regulations. Out-of-competition testing may be conducted at any time. Racing officials from other state jurisdictions and internationally will be asked to assist BCL and/or the CHRB in obtaining blood samples for OOC testing. Horses must be timely produced for testing if requested. A horse may be prevented from entering unless the owner and trainer comply with any pre-race testing request. A horse testing positive in the six months prior to the BCWC for anabolic steroids, Epogen, darbEPO, other blood doping agents or other ARCI prohibited substance will be prohibited from entering the BCWC races in the same calendar year.


Horses that are nominated to Breeders' Cup and are eligible for Breeders' Cup Championship races must pay entry fees as indicated. Horses that were not nominated as weanlings may be late nominated. No horse can be pre-entered for more than two races. When a horse is pre-entered for two races, the required pre-entry payment must be for the race of greatest value, regardless of whether it is the race of first preference.

Horses that are nominated to Breeders' Cup

The pre-entry fee is due by 12 noon (local time at place of pre-entry) on Monday, October 25, 2021.

An entry fee is required to pass the box at the time of entry closing- 10:00 a.m. (PST) on Monday, November 1, 2021 at the Breeders' Cup Racing Office-Del Mar.

All Championship starters will receive a travel award if based outside of California.

All runners are subject to the highest standards in medication testing and security while competing in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships which include the following:

All horses must be nominated to compete in the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Horses not Nominated to Breeders' Cup may be nominated under the Horses of Racing Age nomination program.

Horses of Racing Age Nominations

Refunds for Pre-Entry and Entry Fees

Pre-entry fees and entry fees for nominated horses are non-refundable except in the event of sickness or disability certified by the track or state veterinarian (or veterinary certification acceptable to Breeders' Cup Limited) or in the event a horse is prevented from starting by a decision of the Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel in order to limit the field of starters.