Handicapping tournaments are an important growth area for horse racing, say racetrack officials and horse players. One professional handicapper urges the industry not to stop here but to push forward with exchange wagering.
In an emotional ceremony in the winner's circle at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 25, retired jockey Ramon Dominguez was presented with the Mike Venezia Award and the 2012 Eclipse Award trophy he was unable to accept last January.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Treasure Island Las Vegas announced that the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship will return to the Las Vegas property in 2014.
Holding the Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park plus the addition of several new charity events has given the event new life.
Voting is under way at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association website for the 14th annual "NTRA Moment of the Year."
Industry organizations are taking a wait-and-see approach to an April 30 hearing at which members of Congress will examine health and safety issues in horse racing--and whether progress has been made since the last hearing.
The upset victory by Drosselmeyer over Game on Dude in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) was voted the 2011 National Thoroughbred Racing Association Moment of the Year.
Because some data presented to voters in the apprentice jockey competition for an Eclipse Award included wins and earnings for one rider after he had lost his apprenticeship, voting in that category will be re-conducted.
Free-to-enter sweepstakes requires fans to select the horse they feel deserves to win the 2011 Horse of the Year award, which will be announced Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at the Eclipse Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's website, NTRA.com, will present a special edition of its NTRA Live! Webcast series April 23 at 5:00 p.m. (ET).
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is caught in a vicious cycle. Racetracks' and horsemen's associations are looking for reasons to avoid paying dues to the marketing/lobbying arm of the industry. Read Blog
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association signed a two-year agreement with Treasure Island Las Vegas to be the new site for the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship beginning January 2012.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that NTRA.com will offer free, live video streaming of several major 3-year-old stakes races leading up to this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The new handicapping tournament series offers weekly competitions every Saturday, which culminate in November 2011 with the TwinSpires.com Online Handicapping Championship.
The exciting victory by Blame over the previously undefeated Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs has been voted the 2010 National Thoroughbred Racing Association Moment of the Year.
For the seventh consecutive year, TVG will air the Eclipse Awards dinner from the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel on Monday, Jan. 17.
- By Tom LaMarra
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has adopted a $9.1 million budget for 2011 that relies less on dues from members and more on revenue from other programs.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Sept. 3 that the total prize pool for the 2012 National Handicapping Championship is expected to rise to an estimated $2 million, with a $1 million estimated grand prize.
- By Tom LaMarra
MI Developments, among the largest dues-paying members of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, committed to the organization for the first half of 2010 and will discuss its future involvement.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has reached a partnership agreement with Breeders' Cup for the series of NTRA Live! Webcasts that lead up to this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships.
More than 3,000 registered viewers from 38 countries watched Zenyatta remain undefeated in 17 starts in the grade I Vanity Handicap during a live webcast, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association on June 7 announced the official release of the NTRA Virtual Horse Racing Game at its website.
- By Tom LaMarra
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is moving on in the wake of the defection of Churchill Downs Inc. for at least this year.
- By Tom LaMarra
Churchill Downs Inc., operator of four major racetracks in the United States, has informed the National Thoroughbred Racing Association via letter it won't renew its membership for 2010.
TwinSpires.com announced that it will again provide online video coverage of the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship from Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas Jan. 29 and Jan. 30th.
The 39th Annual Eclipse Awards featuring the announcement of Horse of the Year will begin at 8 p.m. ET Jan. 18, 2010 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Zenyatta, who garnered the 2008 NTRA Moment of the Year for her victory in last year's Ladies' Classic, may again win the favor of fans for her memorable triumph over males in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
- By Tom LaMarra
Positive trends in the public perception of horse racing reinforce the need for the industry to work even harder, horsemen were told Dec. 5.
Marketing and promotions, legislative advocacy, NTRA Advantage purchasing program, and the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance are among the topics at this year's National Thoroughbred Racing Association�fs Annual Meeting and Marketing Summit.
- By Tom LaMarra
A survey of sports fans and "core" horse racing fans indicates impressions have improved following a rough 2008, but nowhere near enough for industry officials to proclaim a turnaround.
As officials in Maryland work to achieve full accreditation for Pimlico Race Course through the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, the New York Racing Association is anticipating alliance approval for Belmont Park before the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Churchill Downs Inc. has renewed its membership in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association for 2009, an official with the NTRA confirmed Jan. 30.
Defending champion Richard Goodall heads a record field of 301 horseplayers who will gather at Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa on Jan. 23-24 to vie for horse racing's official title of "Handicapper of the Year" and a first-place prize of $500,000 in the $1 million Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC).
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Daily Racing Form announced Dec. 4 that signups for the 2009 NHC Tour are now being accepted at www.ntra.com/nhctour.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will unveil its Safety and Integrity Initiative Oct. 15 and fully expects broad industry cooperation given progress made thus far, officials said Oct. 1.
Blogging and other Web-related topics were given some of the highest priority during the Sept. 22 sessions of the well-attended National Thoroughbred Racing Association Marketing Summit at Las Vegas' Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced July 10 it will host a Marketing Summit from Sept. 21-23 at Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas.
Jockeys honored the memory of Eight Belles by wearing stickers on their boots or mud pants May 16 and 17 at Pimlico, which was hosting the 133rd running of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and a variety of other graded races.
About 25 supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals staged a quiet demonstration outside the gates of Pimlico Race Course May 17, but horseracing enthusiasts -- and fans of the Preakness experience -- weren't as reserved.
In the wake of the fatal breakdown of the filly Eight Belles in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), The Jockey Club has commissioned a seven-member Thoroughbred Safety Committee, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors has scheduled a special meeting May 9 to discuss a course of action.
Top three finishers earn an automatic berth in the championship in Las Vegas next year.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that registration for the newly-created National Handicapping Championship Tour, a year-long bonus series offering additional prize money and qualifying berths to the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, will open Feb. 15 at www.ntra.com/nhctour.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Daily Racing Form have announced a National Handicapping Championship Tour that will offer additional prize money and qualifying births to the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, and have launched a coalition that will target legislation related to pari-mutuel wagering.
Breeders' Cup officials are in talks with John Deere, which gained entitlement rights to the Breeders' Cup Turf Division in 2001, to continue its sponsorship.
Joe Morris is leaving his job as president of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's group purchasing division.
Filly and mare sprinters will be running for their own Eclipse Award beginning in 2007.
"Wire to Wire," horse racing's weekly recap show hosted by Randy Moss, will shift to an Internet-based video platform on www.ntra.com and www.espn.com beginning Jan.18, when the program will make its 2007 debut. Moss will continue as host.
Video replays of all graded stakes in North America - starting with the races of Dec. 26, 2006 - will be archived and available free of charge at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Web site.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will place more emphasis on federal legislative activities and public relations, the board of directors announced after a Dec. 13 meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.
Breeders' Cup officials are working with Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association to ensure wagering on this year's World Championships is available at two Indiana off-track betting parlors near the Kentucky border.
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