The Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund was established in 2005 and consists of 80 percent of all receipts collected from the sales and use tax on the fees paid for breeding a stallion to a mare in Kentucky with any other money contributed, appropriated or allocated to the fund from all other sources.
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Registering your unborn foal with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund allows the breeder of record to win cash awards in races throughout the world, as well as all over the USA. In fact, since the inception of the program, the KBIF has awarded over $107 million to breeders for winning eligible races.

Nomination deadlines and fees:

  • Nominate on or prior to August 15 of the cover year: $60
  • Nominate August 16–December 31 of the cover year: $150
  • Nominate January 1–December 31 of the foaling year: $750
  • Nominate January 1–December 31 of the yearling year: $1,500

Special filing of mare registration (new):

If you have purchased a pregnant mare at a public auction held outside Kentucky, she may be eligible if (1) she was bred to a Kentucky stallion, (2) you return the mare to Kentucky within 14 days of the conclusion of the public auction and (3) she resides in Kentucky from cover until foaling except for the time she participated in the public auction.

  • Nominate January 1–December 31 of the cover year: $300
  • Nominate January 1–December 31 of the weanling year: $1,500
  • Nominate January 1–December 31 of the yearling year: $3,000

Races eligible for KBIF awards:

  • Up to $3,000/race for winning an ALW or MSW anywhere in the USA or at Woodbine Racetrack.
  • Up to $4,000/race for winning a stakes race anywhere in the USA or at Woodbine Racetrack.
  • $5,000 for winning a Grade II or III anywhere in the USA or a Group 2 or 3 in Canada, England, France or Ireland.
  • $7,500 for winning a Grade I anywhere in the USA or a Group 1 in Canada, England, France or Ireland.
  • $7,500 for winning a Group 1 race on Dubai World Cup Day, Hong Kong International Day or Japan Cup Day.
  • $50,000 for winning the Kentucky Oaks or Kentucky Derby.
  • $200,000 allocated to the top 20 claiming horses in Kentucky with the most wins.

KBIF regulation highlights:

  • Age restrictions do not apply to foals born in 2007 and after who later win an eligible race.
  • Awards are uniformly distributed–regardless of the location of the racetrack–and tiered according to race type.
  • Woodbine Racetrack is included in the USA components. This includes KBIF-nominated horses winning ALW, MSW and STK races at Woodbine Racetrack.
  • International component includes Group 1, 2 and 3 pattern races in Canada, England, France and Ireland, as well as Group 1 pattern races during the Dubai World Cup, Hong Kong International Day and the Japan Cup.
  • A KBIF-nominated horse winning the Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks will be eligible to receive $50,000/race. This remains the largest KBIF award.
  • Boarding farms do not need to file an Agent Form in order to nominate to KBIF on behalf of their clients. Agent forms are only necessary to claim awards on behalf of clients.
  • KBIF-nominated mares may seek permission to leave Kentucky for a brief period of time for one of the following exceptions: (1) a medical procedure, (2) active training or (3) participation in a public auction.

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission | 4063 Iron Works Parkway | Building B | Lexington, KY 40511
888-KYBREDS (Toll free) | 859-246-2847 (Telephone) | 859-246-2887 (Fax) | kbif.khrc@ky.gov