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California Bred Incentives

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Breeder Awards

  • A monetary award is paid to the breeder of a registered California bred Thoroughbred finishing first, second, or third in any race run in California and any graded stakes races conducted within the United States.
  • Breeders will receive 75% of the remainder of the total incentive award monies after owner awards are paid, with an individual breeder receiving a pro-rated share of this breeders’ fund.
  • The maximum purse considered earned in any qualifying race within this state shall be $330,000 for a win, $120,000 for a second, and $90,000 for a third-place finish.
  • Breeders’ awards are always paid exclusive of nomination, entry, and starting fees.

Owner Awards

  • A monetary award is paid to the owner of a registered California Thoroughbred horse that runs in qualifying races in California.
  • Owners can receive at least a 20% bonus on the finisher’s share for finishing first through fifth in an open allowance or overnight stake race and up to a 20% bonus for finishing first in an open- starter allowance above $15,000 and open non-maiden claiming races with a claiming price of $40,000 or greater in Southern California and $20,000 or greater in Northern California.
  • Owner awards always are paid exclusive of nomination, entry, and starting fees. They are listed in the racing program and will be distributed at the same time as the purse by the paymaster.
  • The Maiden Bonus Program is awarded to the owner of a registered California-bred or registered California-sired foal for winning a maiden special weight race. The bonus amount is $17,500 in Southern California and $10,000 in Northern California and at all Fair meetings throughout the state. These awards are paid directly to the owner approximately 45 racing days after the win. Only races at 4 ½ furlongs or longer will qualify.

Florida Bred Incentives

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Owner Awards

  • Owner awards are paid by the individual Florida tracks to the owner of a FTBOA registered Florida-Bred winner of certain races. The payment of the FOA is based upon a percentage of gross purse.

Breeder Awards

  • Breeders’ awards are paid out by the FTBOA according to Florida statutes. Each year the FTBOA prepares a plan of payment which must be approved by the Florida Dept. of Business Regulation, Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. In submitting each year’s payment plan to the Department, we must project the total revenues to be received and then we must estimate the number of Florida-bred winners.
  • Pari-Mutuel legislation designates the source of revenue for the breeders’ incentive program as a percentage of the daily pari-mutuel handle. Under the provision of Florida statutes, a percentage of the combined on-track and inter-track pari-mutuel handle and a percentage of the income from the outgoing interstate simulcasts will be allocated to the breeders’ incentive program. Breeders’ Awards, along with a Florida-bred Stakes Program, comprise the breeders’ incentive program.
  • In accordance with Chapter 550.26165(2)(3) of the Florida statutes, a plan for the payment of Breeders’ Awards for each year ending December 31 must be filed with the division of Pari- Mutuel Wagering.
  • Percentages (as of January 1, 2021) Breeder awards are paid at 10% of the announced gross purse on FTBOA-registered Florida-bred winners, paid 3% on second place and 2% on third place finishers.

Maryland Bred Incentives

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Owner Awards

  • 30% of a registered Maryland-bred’s share of the purse for placing 1st through 3rd in all overnight races. Paid with purses.

Breeder Awards

  • 30% of a registered Maryland-bred’s share of the purse for placing 1st through 3rd in all overnight races.
  • 15% of a registered Maryland-bred’s share of the purse for placing 1st through 3rd in all stakes
  • Stakes capped at $100,000. Maryland Million Stakes are calculated separately.
  • All bonuses are paid as soon as practical, and horses must be registered as a Maryland-bred with the MHBA.

New York Bred Incentives

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Owner Awards

  • For all open-company races in New York State with a minimum claiming price of $30,000, there are two tiers of owner awards:
  • New York-Sired – New York-Bred is sired by a registered New York stallion
    First through Third place receives 20% of purse money earned with a cap per award of $20,000.
  • Non-New York Sired – New York-bred is sired by an out-of-state stallion or an unregistered New York stallion
    First through Third place receives 10% of purse money earned with a cap per award of $20,000 

Breeder Awards

  • Breeder awards are based on the covering stallion.
  • New York-Sired – New York-Bred is sired by a registered New York stallion
    • First Place receives 30% of Purse Money Earned
    • Second Place receives 15% of Purse Money Earned
    • Third Place receives 15% of Purse Money Earned
    • Cap per award is $40,000
  • Non-New York Sired – New York-bred is sired by an out-of-state stallion or an unregistered New York stallion
    • First Place receives 15% of Purse Money Earned
    • Second Place receives 7.5% of Purse Money Earned
    • Third Place receives 7.5% of Purse Money Earned
    • Cap per award is $20,000