Articles posted June 23, 2003

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NYRA Seeks to Lower Pari-Mutuel Takeout

Quickly taking advantage of a new pari-mutuel deregulation move by the state, the New York Racing Association has proposed reducing its takeout on certain bets at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.

Mineshaft, Cuvee Work at Churchill

William S. Farish, Temple Webber, Jr. and James Elkins' Mineshaft turned in an easy four furlong breeze on Monday at Churchill Downs, his first work since his narrow loss to Perfect Drift in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) on June 14.

It's Official: 2005 Breeders' Cup to Belmont Park

Officials of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited have reached an agreement in principle with the New York Racing Association making Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., the host site for the 2005 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

Purses Increased for Two Breeders' Cup Races

Officials of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited announced that the purses for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile, two of the eight races comprising the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, have been increased by $500,000, making the total purse value of each race $1.5 million.

Nextel Newest Sponsor of Breeders' Cup Distaff

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Breeders' Cup Limited and Nextel announced Monday that Nextel has joined the NTRA as a group purchasing partner and will become the title and divisional sponsor of the Nextel Breeders' Cup Distaff, part of the $14 million Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, beginning in 2004.

NTRA Makes Additional Disbursements to Sept. 11 Fund

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has disbursed $250,000 to the Silver Shield Foundation from the NTRA Charities – New York Heroes Fund, bringing total allocations to Sept. 11-related programs to $4.1 million.

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