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Keeneland Fall Schedule: 19 Stakes, $4.425M

Keeneland officials announced Wednesday the track's fall meeting will feature 19 stakes races, including an opening weekend featuring six graded stakes races. The 19 stakes races--11 of which are graded--will be worth a total of $4,425,000. Racing begins Friday, Oct. 4 and continues through Saturday, Oct. 26.

Lone Star Gets $2.9M to Upgrade for Championships

The city of Grand Prairie, Texas, signed an agreement with Lone Star Park June 28 to grant the racetrack $2.9 million for facility improvements to host a future Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

NTRA Charities to Disperse Heroes Fund Money

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will disburse an additional $350,000 from the NTRA Charities-New York Heroes Fund, including $250,000 to the Silver Shield Foundation on Belmont Stakes Day June 8.

NTRA Report Outlines Finances For 2002

In its 2001-02 annual report, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association outlines a $59.5-million budget that relies heavily on revenue from Breeders' Cup Ltd. and membership dues. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup now operate under a joint spending plan.

Smith: A Brand For Racing Is 'Permission to Believe'

Brand equity will give Thoroughbred racing a legitimate shot at winning the interest of the public and sponsors, National Thoroughbred Racing Association commissioner Tim Smith said May 2 during the Warner L. Jones Distinguished Lecture sponsored by the University of Louisville.

Cup Reels in Long John Silver's as Sponsor

Long John Silver's, the seafood chain that will be part of Yum! Brands Inc., will serve as title sponsor of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and presenting sponsor of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Summer Racing Series this year.

In the Beginning

By Billy Reed -- Recalling the unveiling of the Breeders' Cup concept, it was sort of like being there when Elvis Presley slouched into Sun Records in Memphis and mumbled, "I'm here to make a record for my mama." Or being on the front row the day a young geek named Bill Gates first told an audience that someday computers would run the world.

Breeders' Cup Sprint Sponsor Discontinues Operations

Penske Auto Centers, which sponsored the $1-million Breeders' Cup Sprint and a series of prep races last year, announced April 6 it has discontinued operations of all of its automotive service centers. The company, part of the Penske group, operated service centers at Kmart stores in 44 states.

Program With a Purpose

By Ray Paulick -- The free ride is over. Now it is time to pay up to keep the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program on track.

Breeders' Cup Future Wager Scaled Down

Breeders' Cup officials and tote companies have scaled down the size of a proposed World Thoroughbred Championships future wager slated for later this year. Instead of a minimum of 100 betting interests, as originally hoped for, Breeders' Cup's first future pools would offer 24 runners each.

Sportsman's Park Officials Say Live Meet is Safe

National Jockey Club officials assured the Illinois Racing Board Wednesday that the Sportsman's Park horse racing meet set to begin March 1 is not threatened by financial problems that have closed the organization's Chicago Motor Speedway for the year. In other business, the board began the process of changing some state regulations to facilitate the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park this fall.

Arlington Announces Post Times

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Arlington Park announced its post-time schedule for the meet that begins on Wednesday, June 5 and ends Sunday, Oct. 27.

Sheikh Mohammed Honored With Special Eclipse Award

"In recognition of his extraordinary contributions and accomplishments in both racing and philanthropy," Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been selected to receive a Special Eclipse Award, according to an announcement Friday from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

NTRA to Acquire EquiSource

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is expected this week to fully acquire EquiSource, a corporation that managed group purchasing for the association. Once the deal is closed, a new organization called NTRA Purchasing will be formed.

NTRA/Breeders' Cup Hires Gluckson Full-Time

Jim Gluckson, who has a longtime affiliation with the Breeders' Cup through other companies, has joined the staff of the combined National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup as director of event communications. He will be based in New York.

Bunning to Speak at Breeders' Dinner

U. S. Senator Jim Bunning (R-Ky) will present the keynote speech when breeders of this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships race winners are honored at an annual dinner to be held Jan. 6, 2002, at the Thoroughbred Club of America in Lexington, Ky.

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