International Stallion Nomination Rules & Regulations

Please read the following before you proceed with your foal nominations:

The person submitting this nomination online represents that he or she is authorized to enter into the agreement below on behalf of the owner/nominator. Owner/Nominator hereby acknowledges that the nominating entity listed as the ‘Owner/Nominator’ shall receive the eligible number of votes as it pertains to the nomination and election of candidates to the Breeders’ Cup Members.

As between the Breeders’ Cup and the Owner/Nominator, the Owner/Nominator of record shall have sole responsibility for obtaining the required authorization and consents from any and all entities that own or share interests in the foals or stallions under which the Breeders’ Cup nomination is made.

Breeders’ Cup Limited is a trade association and, accordingly, nomination payments are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes but may be deductible as business expenses. Nominators should consult their tax advisers.

Special Conditions for International Stallion Nominations

  1. Thoroughbred progeny conceived by fully nominated Breeders’ Cup International stallions shall be deemed automatically eligible in their year of birth to participate in all Breeders’ Cup programs (subject to the rules of such programs). If BCL should determine that the Stallion Nomination fee(s) set forth hereof is/are less than actual advertised or applicable prevailing farm price (as described on the front hereof) at which seasons are sold to third parties, the nominator shall have fifteen (15) days in which to accept the Nomination fee determined by BCL or to request a return of the amount paid hereunder and withdraw said stallion from Breeders’ Cup.
  2. Horses entering stud for the first time or returning from the racetrack and arriving at the farm after January 1 may be nominated by making an initial payment for the unpaid installments portion within 90 days after entering stud, and submitting the remaining installment payments on specified due dates.
  3. In the event of the death or permanent retirement of a nominated stallion which has covered mares prior to or on June 30, all installment payments due prior to his death or permanent retirement shall remain due from the nominator. In the event of death or permanent retirement of a stallion after June 30, there is no waiver of any Nomination fee. In the event of the death or permanent and total disability of a stallion prior to covering any mare, the initial $100 payment of the Nomination fee for that season shall be retained by BCL, but any installment payments remitted shall be refunded. In all other cases, the initial $100 payment of the Nomination fee is not refundable for any reason whatsoever.
  4. BCL reserves the right to refuse, or revoke, the eligibility of any stallion nominated hereby in the event the nominator fails to pay the Nomination fee, installment or late charge thereon, when due, with respect to any other stallions nominated by the nominator for the current or previous breeding seasons.
  5. BCL reserves the right in its sole discretion, to postpone, discontinue, amend or change the conditions of all or any part of the Breeders’ Cup program, including its rules and regulations, without limitation or liability. Breeders’ Cup programs may be cancelled without notice and BCL shall have no liability except to make distribution of funds in the form of purses or awards less administrative expenses.
  6. Breeders’ Cup World Championships races and races designated in any other Breeders’ Cup purse or awards programs will be run in compliance with the racing rules and regulations of the applicable authority having jurisdiction of the track where such races are held, except as otherwise set forth in the conditions of the races and/or Breeders’ Cup World Championships rules and regulations, which shall control. BCL shall have no liability for the actions of any officials or employees of any such track or for any matter under the control of such track, its officials or employees. Purse and award payments shall be made to the owners or lessees recognized as such by the track and racing regulatory authority. Nominations are made with the express understanding that said nomination does not assure stall space for horses nominated or entry in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships races or races designated in any other Breeders’ Cup purse or awards programs.
  7. Owner/Nominator hereby expressly and irrevocably grants BCL the exclusive right to use, in connection with the promotion of the Breeders’ Cup program, the name and likeness of the Owner/Nominator, any horse pre-entered, entered or nominated and of any co-owners, jockeys, trainers, colors, logos, silks, and any other associated or identifying characteristics, as well as any other matter relating to the participation of the horse in the Breeders’ Cup program. Promotion by BCL may include, without limitation, televising, broadcasting and/or recording in any manner the races which are a part of the Breeders’ Cup program and the activities incident to them, and broadcasting, exhibiting and/or exploiting the same by any means now or hereafter known, including, without limitation, licensing such rights to others for uses approved by BCL. The Owner/ Nominator hereby expressly, irrevocably and perpetually waives on his behalf and on behalf of his contractors, agents and employees (including the trainers and jockeys) any and all rights he/she may have in connection with any matter referred to in this paragraph, including, without limitation, any claim for invasion of the right of privacy or the right of publicity, for misappropriation, for infringement of trademark, trade dress and other intellectual property rights, or for any remuneration therefor. Upon demand, Owner/Nominator shall cause any of the aforementioned persons to deliver releases to BCL permitting it to use and exhibit such material. The Owner/Nominator understands and agrees that BCL reserves the right to use names, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, symbols, logos, slogans, results, still and motion pictures, audio reports, trailers, promos and other identifying characteristics relating to BCL and the Breeders’ Cup program and that any such use by Owner/Nominator of any of them is prohibited without the express consent of BCL. BCL reserves all rights to advertise the Breeders’ Cup program in any manner deemed appropriate by BCL.
  8. BCL reserves the right to limit the number of entries in any of the races sponsored by BCL. In the event BCL determines it must limit entries, entries will be selected by such method as BCL may determine in its sole discretion including pursuant to BCL’s prohibited substance policy.
  9. All claims and objections arising out of the application or interpretation of any rules or conditions of BCL shall be decided solely by BCL. Information regarding the Appeals Procedure for BCL shall be furnished to any person submitting a written request for such Information to Breeders’ Cup Limited, Attn: Appeals Board, 215 W. Main Street, Suite 250, Lexington, KY 40507. Any person wishing to object to any action or decision by BCL in the application of its rules or conditions related to nominations must, within thirty (30) days of being advised of such action or decision, submit to the Appeals Board a written objection in compliance with the Appeals Procedure and shall be entitled to an oral hearing upon making a written demand as set forth in the Appeals Procedure. The Appeals Procedure shall not be applicable to matters arising with respect to the field selection for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships races. Owner/Nominator agrees that any dispute regarding the BCL prohibited substance policy or convicted trainer rule shall be settled by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its Commercial Arbitration Rules and the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) shall be recognized by Owner/Nominator and BCL and judgment thereon may be rendered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.
  10. Nomination of a stallion shall constitute acceptance of the terms and conditions whether such nomination is done in writing or electronically.
  11. Owner agrees that BCL may inspect and copy for its own use all documents, electronic or otherwise, containing reports by official racing veterinarians of pre-race, post-race examinations and/or any records of procedures required by regulatory agencies or under applicable industry safety accreditation organizations of owner’s horse(s) nominated, pre-entered or entered in Breeders’ Cup World Championships races.
  12. By providing your e-mail address on this form, you acknowledge that Breeders’ Cup Limited may send you information about Breeders’ Cup current deadlines and promotions and may share your e-mail address with selected sponsors for promotional purposes. If you do not wish for selected sponsors to send you promotional materials via e-mail, you may opt out at any time by contacting .

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