Bargain Breeders' Cup enrollment reaps sires

A new initiative to increase the number of foreign horses nominated to the Breeders' Cup is paying off.

Breeders' Cup officials announced Monday that in the first week 160 new international stallions were signed up under the one-time program, which offers bargain nomination fees.

Stallions from 35 stud farms in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been nominated.

Eligible runners by these stallions also may join in the open enrollment, beginning Feb. 1, for reduced fees as well.

"We are extremely encouraged by the enthusiastic response from the international breeding community for our new global nominations program," said Greg Avioli, Breeders' Cup president and CEO.

The two programs "have great potential in strengthening the international participation and competition for the championships," he said.