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.

Gallop all the way to the bank

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 U.S.A. In fact, since the inception of the program, the KBIF has awarded over $87 million dollars to breeders for winning eligible races.

Beginning with the breeding season of 2012 and thereafter,
the KBIF deadline will be August 15 and the following fees will apply:

  • 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 weanling year: $750
  • Nominate January 1 – December 31 of the yearling year: $1,500

KBIF Regulation Updates:

  • Age restrictions will be removed on all maiden special weight, allowance and stakes races outside Kentucky for foals born in 2007 and after.
  • Awards will be uniformly distributed – regardless of the location of the racetrack – and tiered according to race type.
    • ALW, MSW wins in the U.S.A. will be eligible for 10% of the winner's portion of the purse with a maximum of $3,000/race.
    • Stakes wins in the U.S.A. will be eligible for 10% of the winner's portion of the purse with a maximum of $4,000/race.
    • Grade I stakes wins will be eligible to receive $7,500/race.
    • Grade II & Grade III stakes wins will be eligible to receive $5,000/race.
  • Woodbine racetrack will now be included in the U.S.A. components. This includes KBIF-nominated horses winning allowance, maiden special weight, stakes and group races at Woodbine racetrack.
  • International component will be expanded to include Group 1 pattern races during the Dubai World Cup, Hong Kong International Day and the Japan Cup. KBIF-nominated horses winning these races will be eligible for $7,500/race.
  • Claiming component awards will be expanded to include the top 20 KBIF-nominated horses with the most wins at Kentucky race tracks.
  • 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 will no longer need to file an Agent Form in order to nominate to KBIF on behalf of their clients.

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission | 4063 Iron Works Parkway | Building B | Lexington, KY 40511
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