Kentucky Incentive Programs

Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund

The aim of the program is to upgrade the overall
quality of racing in the Commonwealth of Kentucky

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund is a unique program to benefit owners and their Kentucky-sired, Kentucky-foaled runners. 

Its aim is to upgrade the overall quality of racing in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is an incentive program that seeks to encourage owners to buy from Kentucky markets, to board and breed mares on Kentucky farms, to mate them with Kentucky stallions, then to race the Kentucky-foaled produce over Kentucky tracks. 

This program was created in 1978 KRS 230.400 - and placed under the general jurisdiction of the Kentucky Racing Commission. A five-member Advisory Committee is appointed on July 1st of each year to advise and assist the Commission with the implementation of this program. 

Click here for a list of Registered KTDF Stallions for the 2019 Breeding Season (not the offspring's foaling year)
(This list of stallions is ONLY for the 2019 Breeding Season)

For Printable Forms See Below: 

KTDF Registration Fees:

  • Weanling: $60
    (Must be registered by December 31st of foaling year.)
  • Yearling: $75
    (Must be registered by December 31st of yearling year.)
  • Horse of Racing Age (2 Years Old & Above): $350
    (**Payment & registration must be complete PRIOR TO THE
    CLOSE OF ENTRIES for the race wishing to receive KTDF funds)
  • Stallion: $350/breeding season
    (Stallions must be registered annually for each breeding season. 
    Registration deadline is March 1st for each breeding season.)



What is the source of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund money?

Three-quarters of 1% of all money wagered at Kentucky Thoroughbred racetracks is deposited in the Thoroughbred Development Fund and 2% of all money wagered on thoroughbred races via Inter-Track Wagering (ITW) and whole card simulcasting is also deposited.

What type races will have purses supplemented by the Fund?

By statute, the Fund monies are applicable to stake, handicap, allowance, nonclaiming maiden races, and allowance optional claiming races for a claiming price of not less than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) in Kentucky.

How will the Fund supplement monies to be allotted?

Only registered Kentucky-sired Kentucky-foaled horses are eligible to share in Fund purse supplements. Only the first four finishers will participate, and on a basis of 65% to the winner, 20% to second, 10% to third and 5% to fourth.

Since 2010, all finishers participated on a basis of 60% to the winner, 20% to second, 10% to third, 5% to fourth, 3% to fifth, and finishers from sixth to last split 2%.

Who benefits from Fund monies?

The Fund was set up by Kentucky breeders to benefit racing owners with the hope of encouraging them to purchase more Kentucky-foaled horses, to race over Kentucky tracks, and to attract more business to Kentucky boarding facilities and stallions. The immediate effect of the purse supplements is that everyone connected with a horse that wins or collects any part of the purse benefits, i.e. the owner, trainer, and jockey.


Is entry in Fund-eligible races restricted to Kentucky-sired Kentucky-foaled horses?

No. Kentucky-foaled horses must earn Fund money in open company. Why must a horse be both Kentucky-sired and Kentucky-foaled? First to avoid 'double dipping', i.e. hypothetically an out-of-state breeder could send his mare to Kentucky to be bred to a Kentucky stallion, then after she conceived, return her to his home state to foal. She would thereby become eligible for two state Fund programs, Kentucky's and his states own. Second, by requiring that a horse be Kentucky-foaled, it increases business for farms specializing in boarding mares.


How a horse is made eligible to earn Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund money?

Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders is the official registrar. Registration can be done when the horse is a foal for $60, a yearling for $75 or horse of racing age for $350, but it must be registered prior to entry in a race. As a convenience to horsemen, the Fund will be represented at each track by the horse identifier who will accept on-course registration applications.

What conditions must a horse meet to be registered by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders?

A horse must be both Kentucky-sired, that is by a registered stallion standing in Kentucky the entire breeding season in which the horse was conceived, and Kentucky-bred, that is foaled in the state.

Why is it advisable to register stallions annually?

If a stallion is registered annually by the March 1 deadline all offspring conceived by him in that breeding season will be eligible for registration. Once those offspring are registered their earnings will be credited to the stallion's record.

What are the likely exceptions to the deadline for stallion registration?

In case a race horse is injured and enters stud after the March 1st deadline, then the registrar can accept the horse's registration as a stallion before he serves his first mare.

How will owners and trainers know which races have monies added to their purses by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund?

The Development Fund seal will identify such events in stakes books, condition books, and on race programs. Horses registered for the Fund will be so designated in Kentucky sales catalogues.

Will the Fund supplement monies be applied to the owner, trainer, jockey and horses overall earning record?

Yes. When a Fund race is official, the race chart sent to the Daily Racing Form for publication will include the total distribution of purse plus Fund money to each horse, and to the horse's connections. The chart also will note the amount of money, if any, which reverts to the Fund.

Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund

Incentive program is handled by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund was established in 2005 and consists of 80 percent of all receipts collected from the sales and use tax on the fees paid for breeding a stallion to a mare in Kentucky with any other money contributed, appropriated or allocated to the fund from all other sources.

Registering your unborn foal with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund allows the breeder of record to win cash awards in races throughout the world, as well as all over the U.S.A.  In fact, since the inception of the program, the KBIF has awarded over $97 million dollars to breeders for winning eligible races.

Nomination deadlines & fees:

  • Nominate on or prior to August 15 of the cover year: $60
  • Nominate August 16 - December 31 of the cover year: $150
  • Nominate January 1 - December 31 of the weanling year: $750
  • Nominate January 1 - December 31 of the yearling year: $1,500


Click here to Register Now

Races eligible for KBIF awards:

  • Up to $3,000/race for winning an ALW or MSW anywhere in the USA or at Woodbine racetrack
  • Up to $4,000/race for winning a stakes race anywhere in the USA or at Woodbine racetrack
  • $5,000 for winning a Grade II or III anywhere in the USA or a Group 2 or 3 in Canada, England, France or Ireland
  • $7,500 for winning a Grade I anywhere in the USA or a Group 1 in Canada, England, France or Ireland
  • $7,500 for winning a Group 1 race on Dubai World Cup Day, Hong Kong International Day or Japan Cup Day
  • $50,000 for winning the Kentucky Oaks or Kentucky Derby
  • $200,000 allocated to the top 20 claiming horses in Kentucky with the most wins

KBIF Informational Links:

KBIF Contact Information:

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission
4063 Iron Works Parkway, Building B
Lexington, KY  40511
888-KYBREDS (Toll Free)
859-246-2847 (Telephone)
859-246-2887 (Fax)
[email protected]