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Horse Racing Field Selection Rules - Breeder's Cup

February 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 161

Breeder's cup, being a prestigious racing institution, has set up specific rules that determine the horses that are classified in certain fields. Their maximum field size ranges from 12 to 14 in all the championship races. Every jockey desires to enter the Breeder's cup championships let alone win. Even if the horse doesn't win, it will make it stand out for a reasonably long time. Moreover, it will be readily accepted in other horse races without much ado. However, the competition is heating up, with many remarkable horses wanting to compete for the Breeder's Cup. This has led to the formation and implementation of stringent rules that filter horses, selecting up to a maximum of 14 for their championship races.

First and foremost, all horses that have Breeder's Cup challenge are immediately selected into the field. The next criterion is that of graded stakes points. Horses up to a maximum of 7 in the case of 14-horse field, and 6 in the case of 12-horse field are chosen in regard to their number of graded stakes points. These points are usually distributed according to grades and the winning places. In grade 1, the first, second and third positions get 10, 6, 4 points respectively. In grade two, it is 6, 4, 2, and in grade three it is 4, 2, 1. One graded point is 6 points meaning that the horse must have taken part and won in many preceding races. The horse owners must prove their points are legal. The more the points a horse has, the better its chances of acquiring a slot in the Breeder's cup championships.

The other slots are taken by other horses, but after undergoing some procedure and scrutiny. First, two races are organized, and the horses are allowed to compete twice, typically on different days and at different times. All horses' entry fees must be paid for both races. Moreover, a horse owner is forbidden to register his horse twice. This is because he will be denying some other horse owner a place in the race. If you commit such an offence, you are disqualified from the race, with no fee refunds. The races allow for two horses to compete at a time to identify the better performing one. The weights and ages are also checked if there is a tie. Horse racing professionals ensure that this is a fair competition for all horses, with no favors. After these races, the horses will be ranked according to their performance. The experts will then come up with a list where the first raked horses will enter into the field.

Although each horse race is unique in its own way, the method of selecting the fields is similar. Most of the requirements in many races are the same, but with some little distinctions. In claiming, median and non selling races, the selection rules are a bit lenient and can accommodate practically any horse. However, in bigger races such as Breeder's cup championships, the rules are stringent and rather unaccommodating.

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