Officials of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Friday that America's Day at the Races will not be held this year, but will return in 2005.
Ten racetracks around the country will each giveaway a pair of Breeders' Cup tickets as part of "America's Day at the Races" Monday.
The three races involved will begin at River Downs with the $200,000 Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes, move on to Arlington Park for the Arlington Matron (gr. III) and finally go to Del Mar for the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II).
Policy issues and financial considerations have reduced the number of tracks participating in America's Day at the Races, which will be held Labor Day. The event, first held in 1997, could be retooled in the future, a National Thoroughbred Racing Association official said.
Monday's $500,000 Diana Handicap (gr. IIT) is both the last race of the Saratoga meet and the first race of a national pick-three wager on "America's Day at the Races." The final two legs of the pick-three are the Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) from Arlington International and the Del Mar Handicap (gr. II).
Twenty racetracks have signed on for this year's America's Day at the Races, to be held Labor Day, Sept. 4.
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