Horses associated with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund won a grand total of 260 graded stakes last year in the United States, and 31 more group races in an additional four other countries. In total, the program paid out over $10.5 million in 2015.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund saw growth in the area of nominated mares as well. Darley topped the list, having been awarded more than $260,000 over the span of 91 wins. Three of those wins came at Kentucky racetracks, based on data provided by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
The breakdown for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund sees them receive 80 percent of the funds, with 13 percent going to Standardbreds and the remaining 7 percent earmarked for other breeds.
“Kentucky’s horse heritage and tradition is a critical source of jobs, investment, and tourism for the commonwealth,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “Our Kentucky-bred horses race all over the world and this program acknowledges the depth and scope of their global success. I am honored to recognize Kentucky breeders for their accomplishments and contributions to the many, many people whose livelihoods rely on a vibrant horse industry.”
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Director of Incentives and Development Jamie Eads said that the first seven months of this current fiscal year has seen $6.8 million accrued for 2016’s Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund payments. That number is up from the previous $6.6 million mark.
The number of nominated mares, after years of decline, has increased the last three years. In 2015, the number was 9,517, which was the most since 9,968 in 2009. For a full list of Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders’ Incentive Fund award payment click here.