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Breeders' Cup Supplements

Updated: 10/10/05

There are always a few horses that are supplemented every yeat with a record of 16 supplemental starters for the 2000 Breeders' Cup, with 18 pre-entered. It is usually a losing proposition for most, although there are several supplements who have won. While the supplement rules are not as bad as they were originally, they still can keep good horses in the barn, especially those bred in South America. Here are the current official rules according to the Breeders' Cup:

  • For horses conceived during or after the 1995 breeding season, the supplemental fee is 9% of the guaranteed purse if the sire was nominated to the Breeders' Cup when the foal was conceived.
  • For horses conceived prior to the 1995 breeding season the supplementary fee is 12% of the guaranteed purse if the sire was nominated to the Breeders' Cup program when the foal was conceived or 20% of the guaranteed purse if the sire and foal were not nominated.
  • For horses sired by non-nominated stallions, the supplemental fee is 20%.
As of 1997 when a horse supplements, the fee they pay (less that portion allocated to pre-entry and/or entry fees) will be credited to them in all subsequent years. Prior to that, horses like Bayakoa had to pay the full supplement each time they ran! Also in 1997, they started adding in the part of the supplemental fee in excess of the normal pre-entry and entry fees to the purse of the race as an additional incentive for owners to supplement favored runners. If a horse is pre-entered in more than one race, the supplement fee is based on the higher of the two purses.

So far 92 horses have been supplemented (includes horses supplemented in multiple years only once) and the return on investment has not been very good on the average. Those horses paid a total of $17,200,000 to run and won a total of $23,189,890 in purse money, which is considerably better than it used to be before the new supplement rules. Below is a table showing all the past supplements, the year and race they ran, the cost to supplement, where they finished, and how much they earned. I split the table into two sections to make it a bit easier to look at. The top section has all the horses who at least broke even on the gamble while the bottom section has all the horses who lost money as a supplemental entry. While there have been some big successes, there have been some equally huge failures.

Wild Again1984Classic$360,0001st$1,350,000
Star of Cozzene1991Mile$120,0003rd$120,000
Cherokee Run1994Sprint$120,0001st$520,000
Soviet Problem1994Sprint$120,0002nd$200,000
Skip Away1997Classic$480,0001st$2,288,000
Silver Charm1998Classic$480,0002nd$1,024,000
Skip Away1998Classiccredit from 19976th 
Captain Steve2000Classic$290,000
(includes credit from 1999)
John's Call2000Turf$240,0003rd$297,600
Catella2000F/M Turf$90,0003rd$145,200
Val Royal 2001Mile $90,000 1st $592,800
Spook Express 2001F/M Turf $200,000 2nd $278,000
Starine 2001F/M Turf $90,000 10th  
Timboroa 2001Turf $180,000 3rd $256,800
Tiznow 2001Classic
credit from 2000
1st $2,080,000
Islington 2002F/M Turf $90,0003rd $153,600
Starine 2002F/M Turf
credit from 2001
1st $665,600
Falcon Flight 2002Turf $180,0003rd $290,400
High Chaparral 2002Turf $180,0001st $1,258,000
Bluesthestandard 2003Sprint $90,0002nd $236,000
Shake You Down 2003Sprint $90,0003rd $129,800
Falbrav 2003Turf $180,0003rd $233,200
High Chaparral 2003Turf
credit from 2002
1st $763,200
Islington 2003F/M Turf
credit from 2002
1st $551,200
Ouija Board 2004F/M Turf $90,0001st $733,200
Subtotal$6,000,000 $21,630,200
Spend A Buck1984Juvenile$120,0003rd$108,000
Night Mover1984Mile$120,0008th 
Pac Mania1984Sprint$200,0009th 
Dontstop Themusic1985Distaff$120,0003rd$108,000
Classy Cathy1986Distaff$120,0004th$70,000
Truce Maker1986Mile$120,00014th 
Zany Tactics1987Sprint$120,0009th 
Cutlass Reality1988Classic$360,0007th 
Best Pal1990Juvenile$120,0006th$10,000
Bistro Garden1992Mile$120,00014th 
Best Pal1993Classic$360,00010th 
Best Pal1994Classic$360,0005th$60,000
Exclusive Praline1994Sprint$120,0009th 
Post It1994Fillies$120,0006th 
Tipically Irish1995Juvenile$120,0006th 
Lucky Coin1997Mile$120,0004th$61,600
Men's Exclusive1997Sprint$200,0006th 
Enjoy the Moment1999Sprint$120,00014th 
Son of a Pistol1999Sprint$120,00013th 
Caffe Latte1999F/M Turf$90,0004th$59,920
Captain Steve1999Juvenile$90,00011th 
Cindy's Hero2000Juvenile Fillies$90,0004th$62,720
Out of Sync2000Juvenile Fillies$90,0009th 
Ladies Din2000Mile$120,0008th 
Indian Lodge2000Mile$90,00013th 
Petrushka2000F/M Turf$90,0005th$24,200
Colstar2000F/M Turf$90,0007th 
Caffe Latte2000F/M Turfcredit from 19999th 
Arabian Light2000Juvenile$90,0005th$21,400
Subtle Power2000Turf$180,00010th 
Miss Linda 2001Distaff $400,000 6th  
Express Tour 2001Mile $90,000 10th  
England's Legend 2001F/M Turf $90,000 11th  
Kalypso Katie 2001F/M Turf $90,000 6th  
Gander 2001Classic
credit from 2000
Landseer 2002Mile $90,000 DNF  
Disturbingthepeace 2002Sprint $90,000 7th  
Golden Apples 2002F/M Turf $90,000 4th $71,680
Kazzia 2002F/M Turf $90,000 6th  
Turtle Bow 2002F/M Turf $90,000 9th  
Whywhywhy 2002Juvenile $90,000 10th  
Golan 2002Turf $180,000 6th  
Private Hoard 2003Sprint $90,000 9th  
Megahertz 2003F/M Turf $90,000 5th $31,800
PT's Grey Eagle 2004Sprint $90,000 8th  
Aubonne 2004F/M Turf $90,000 12th  
Katdogawn 2004F/M Turf $90,000 10th  
Megahertz 2004F/M Turf
credit from 2003
Moscow Burning 2004F/M Turf $90,000 4th $80,370
Superbrand 2004F/M Turf $200,000 9th  
Blackdoun 2004Mile $135,000 7th  
Mr. O'Brien 2004Mile $135,000 9th  
Subtotal$11,200,000 $1,559,690
Grand Total$17,200,000 $23,189,890

For more information about the supplemental entry process and online forms to verify Breeders' Cup eligibility of a horse or a stallion, check the references below:

For lots more info on this year's Breeders' Cup, check my Breeders' Cup Contenders page or the master list of all my Breeders' Cup Links.

Photos ©2005 Cindy Pierson Dulay, licensed to About. Breeders' Cup logo courtesy of Breeders' Cup Limited.

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