(From the NTRA)The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that FedEx has joined the NTRA group purchasing program. The portfolio of FedEx services includes overnight shipping, express and ground package delivery, charter and critical shipments, freight shipping, e-commerce and supply chain management. "FedEx as a brand shares important values with the best horseracing in the world: excellence, speed and competitive spirit," said NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith. "We are extremely pleased about this new relationship and optimistic about its future growth potential." "Membership in NTRA Purchasing helps FedEx provide global shipping services to a worldwide agribusiness -- the horse industry," said Nancy Altenburg, manager, sponsorship marketing for FedEx. "Not only are key sectors of the racing and breeding industries high-volume users of overnight and charter shipping, this industry offers FedEx growth potential in its target areas of small- and mid-size businesses." "FedEx is an ideal fit for the horseracing and breeding industries, which rely on express shipping not only for packages but for horses the world over," added NTRA Purchasing President Joe Morris. FedEx joins NTRA Purchasing members John Deere, Toshiba, Sherwin-Williams, Boise Office Solutions, Daktronics, Kentucky Buying Cooperative, Automated Graphic Systems printing and Hallway Feeds. With annual revenues of $22 billion, FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) is the premier global provider of transportation, e-commerce and supply chain management services. The company offers integrated business solutions through a network of subsidiaries operating independently, including: FedEx Express, the world's largest express transportation company; FedEx Ground, North America's second largest provider of small-package ground delivery service; FedEx Freight, the largest U.S. provider of regional less-than-truckload freight services; FedEx Custom Critical, North America's largest provider of expedited time-critical shipments; and FedEx Trade Networks, a provider of customs clearance, international freight forwarding and trade facilitation. NTRA Purchasing is a subsidiary of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, formed to deliver cost savings and value-added services to NTRA members through contracts with major national suppliers. Created in January 2002, its revenues help support NTRA programs and services to benefit the horse industry. Call NTRA Purchasing toll-free at (866) 678-4289 or visit NTRA.com for more information.