Why Arizona?

Because it pays to breed and own an Arizona-Bred!

On a daily basis the commercial race meets in Arizona offer restricted races with higher purses for certified Arizona-Breds. And during each racing season multiple restricted Stakes races are offered for certified Arizona-Breds.

Breeders of certified Arizona-Breds receive 10% of the winner’s share of the purse from Arizona race tracks – for each win in an open or restricted race of any class.

Owners of a certified Arizona-Bred receive 15 – 25% of the winner’s share of the purse from Arizona race tracks.

As an Owner-Breeder of a winning Arizona-Bred you could be awarded up to 35% of the winner’s purse in additional monies.

The Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association (ATBA) is an agent of the State assigned to authenticate Arizona-Breds. ATBA has been granted authority for the Arizona-Bred certification as per the Arizona Revised Statute $5-114, as amended to Chapter 238 of the Senate Bill 1475 and signed by the Governor, November 22, 1988. All procedures described in conjunction with this program will be accomplished through the ATBA.

Requirements for Arizona-Bred certification:

1. Broodmare Registry:

The foal’s dam must have been entered into the AZ Broodmare registry.

2. Foaling location:

The mare must foal in the state of Arizona for that foal to be eligible for Arizona-Bred certification.

3. Residency:

The foal must remain in the state of Arizona for six (6) months out of the first year of his/her life. This is subject to verification.

4. Application:

A certification application must be completed and signed by all breeders listed on the foal’s Jockey Club registration papers before a Notary Public. (please, link to respective printable form).

5. Official Seal:

The foal’s original Jockey Club registration papers must be submitted to the ATBA and stamped with the Official Seal.

Fees for Members:
  • If applied for certification by September 30th of the foal’s yearling year: $45
  • If applied for certification by December 31st of the foal’s yearling year: $68
  • If applied for certification thereafter: $150
Verification Procedures:

An agent of the ATBA will verify all information by phone, field inspection, or by documentation submitted by the breeder and/or owner of the foal. Health certificates, bills for veterinary or farrier services, affidavits, etc, may have to be required to ascertain that the residency requirement has been met.

As a service for breeders and owners, the ATBA verifies all Arizona-Breds that are entered for each race at Turf Paradise race track. The Horsemen’s Bookkeeper is notified of any change of status regarding a horse’s certification, thus ensuring the eligibility for awards distribution to the breeder and/or owner of all certified Arizona-Breds.

Requirements for Broodmare registration:

1. Application:

Submit a copy of the mare’s Jockey Club registration papers to the ATBA. This is needed for identification purposes. The mare remains in the Arizona Broodmare registry for the rest of her life, or until ownership of the mare changes.

2. Ownership Change:

Submit a copy of the mare’s Jockey Club registration papers to the ATBA to record the transfer of ownership in the Arizona Broodmare registry.

  • Initial registration of a broodmare: $10
  • Transfer of ownership of a broodmare: $10

Annually, owners and/or breeders will be requested to provide information to the ATBA regarding their mares and foals to update the registry.

Stallion owners will be requested by August 1 each year to submit to the ATBA copies of the respective “Report of Mares Bred” they have submitted to the Jockey Club.