|Thursday, December 28, 2006||Contact: Bob Curran Jr. (212) 521-5326|
|February 1 is Deadline to Name Foals of 2005; Released Names Published|
The Jockey Club reminds owners and breeders that a valid attempt to name foals of 2005 must be made by Feb. 1, 2007, to avoid a $75 late fee. As an aid in selecting a desired name, The Jockey Club once again has published on the Registry’s website a list of 27,723 names released from active use on December 21.
A majority of the released names are those of horses that will be over 10 years old on Jan. 1 and that have not raced or been bred during the preceding five years. Names appearing on the list must still be approved by The Jockey Club prior to use pursuant to Rule 6 of the Principal Rules and Requirements of The American Stud Book.
Owners and breeders are also encouraged to consult the Online Names Book at any time to check the potential availability of Thoroughbred names.
The list of recently released names and the Online Names Book are accessible through the Registry’s home page at http://www.registry.jockeyclub.com. Both resources are updated continuously as names are claimed so that users are always looking at the most current information.
Interactive RegistrationTM (IR) is the quickest and easiest way to submit name applications and is available at no charge through the Registry’s website. More than 23,000 owners and breeders utilize IR to complete the requirements for foal registration and naming, report and look up microchip numbers, and transact virtually all other business with the Registry. More than 650,000 IR transactions have been recorded since its launch in 1996.
Name applications submitted through IR are preliminarily screened to eliminate direct matches with names unavailable for use. This ensures a greater chance of approval of names when compared with name applications submitted via mail. Those who name their Thoroughbreds through IR receive their first choice approximately 75 percent of the time.
Those preferring to submit their name applications by mail should do so by Feb. 1, 2007, to The Jockey Club, 821 Corporate Drive, Lexington, KY 40503-2794.
The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. The Jockey Club fulfills that longstanding commitment by serving the industry through its family companies and by providing support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives.