Equibase announced on Friday the 2004 launch of the Virtual Stable Triple Crown notification service. The service alerts users via a once-daily e-mail of workouts, entries, and results for the top contenders for the VISA Triple Crown. The service is available at free through www.ntra.com and www.equibase.com.The initial group of Triple Crown contenders included in the notifications is comprised of the 23 horses in the first pool of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opened Feb. 12 and closes Feb. 15. The list of contenders will be adjusted periodically to reflect the emergence of new hopefuls.Included in the Triple Crown notifications are a list of upcoming televised races and links to additional information such as entries, charts, and past performance programs as well as editorial content from the Web sites of the host tracks of the Triple Crown races. The Virtual StableTM Triple Crown notification service was developed in conjunction with the NTRA, Churchill Downs, Maryland Jockey Club, and the New York Racing Association. Triple Crown notifications will conclude following the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 5. Shortly thereafter, Virtual Stable Breeders' Cup notifications will begin.The Virtual Stable Triple Crown notification service was launched in 2002, as was a similar service for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Approximately 50,000 fans received these "race series" notifications in 2003 to track the progress of leading contenders.