Kentucky Derby Fees- Horses

The fees go beyond buying a horse or breeding a horse capable of qualifying for the Kentucky Derby.

  • The nomination fee an owner pays to make a horse eligible for the Kentucky Derby is $600 per horse — if you register during the “early period,” which runs through late January. After that, the fee goes up to $6,000 through late March. Last-minute entries will pay a supplemental fee of $200,000.
  • The entry fee for the Kentucky Derby is another $25,000. Another $25,000 is paid if the horse enters the starting gate. By now, the owner has also paid entry fees at a number of other races through the winter and spring as the trainers prepare the horses in “prep” races.

Link: http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/dollars/post/_/id/3423/the-cost-of-owning-a-kentucky-derby-horse

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