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Breeders Pledge $2 Million Nom Spend In BreedMATE
With broodmare owners continuing to add mares to BreedMATE, the trading platform is now within a few thousand dollars of $2 million in pledged nomination fees for 2015. Breeding&Racing editor Gary Knowles says this year's broodmares are a pleasant surprise: "What really stands out from the over 100 mares already posted is their sheer diversity. They range from a prominent dual Gr1 winner, plus a 2015 Gr1-placed mare, down to maiden mares that never won a race." While there are some mares whose owners are happy to spend $100,000 or more on a nomination, pledged maximum nominations are as low as $1,000. There is a large contingent of mares whose owners have pledged between $5,000 to $30,000 on a 2015 nomination. "That's the whole idea of BreedMATE," says Knowles. "Designed to appeal to everybody, and featuring a diversity of mares and sires, it's a level playing field whether owners are comfortable spending $3,000 on a stallion nom or $40,000. It's a virtual online club where farm's nomination managers and breeders can confidentially communicate offers to each other."