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Belmont Park in Midst of Accreditation Review

Belmont Park in Midst of Accreditation Review

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).

Feed Company Aids Neglected Horses

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance April 23 announced that longtime NTRA Advantage partner and official supplier Hallway Feeds has donated 6,000 pounds of feed to aid the 170 horses suffering from malnourishment at Center Brook Farm near Climax, N.Y.

Pfizer Assists With Paragallo Horses

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance announced April 21 that Pfizer Animal Health has pledged to donate equine health care supplies to aid the 170 horses suffering from malnourishment at Center Brook Farm in Climax, N.Y.

Keeneland Accredited by NTRA Alliance

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Keeneland Accredited by NTRA Alliance

At a press conference April 17 at Keeneland, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that the Lexington racetrack has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility. Keeneland is the second track to be so designated by the Alliance. Churchill Downs was accredited last week.

Track Testing Lab to be Launched

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A Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory designed to enhance surface safety for horses and riders is being launched with the financial support of a broad industry coalition, it was announced April 17 by the laboratory's coordinators Dr. Mick Peterson and Dr. Wayne McIlwraith.

Churchill Downs Accredited by Alliance

Churchill Downs Accredited by Alliance

At a press conference April 9 at Churchill Downs, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that the Louisville racetrack has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a comprehensive review of racing operations at the facility.

Pfizer Contributes to NTRA Safety Effort

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced April 6 that the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance has received a contribution of $50,000 from Pfizer Animal Health.

NTRA Alliance Applications Available

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NTRA Alliance Applications Available

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced March 19 that an application for racetrack accreditation by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance is now available for downloading at www.NTRAalliance.com. A hard copy of the application may also be obtained by writing the NTRA at 2525 Harrodsburg Road, Suite 400, Lexington, KY, 40504.

Hallway Feed Renews With NTRA Advantage

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has announced that Hallway Feeds has renewed its sponsorship agreement with the NTRA. Under the terms of the agreement, Hallway Feeds will continue as the Official Feed Supplier to the NTRA through 2011 and will offer the equine industry preferred pricing on its products through the NTRA Advantage program.

Safety Alliance Circulates Standards

Safety Alliance Circulates Standards

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has circulated a list of more than 15 compliance standards that could be finalized in early March and serve as the basis for accreditation in the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.

Sherwin-Williams Renews NTRA Partnership

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Sherwin-Williams Renews NTRA Partnership

It was announced Feb. 18 that Sherwin-Williams has renewed its sponsorship agreement with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Under the terms of the agreement, Sherwin-Williams will continue as an official supplier to the NTRA through 2011 and will offer the equine industry savings of up to 40% on its products through the NTRA Advantage program.

Conte is Handicapper of the Year

John Conte, 68, of Oceanside, N.Y., won the $500,000 first-place prize and title of Handicapper of the Year in the 10th annual $1 million Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, which concluded Jan. 24 at Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas..

On Call Program Receives Eclipse Award

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On Call Program Receives Eclipse Award

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers Association Jan. 15 announced that the veterinary On Call media-assistance program of the American Association of Equine Practitioners has been honored with the 2008 Special Eclipse Award.

First Saturday in May Wins Eclipse Award

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First Saturday in May Wins Eclipse Award

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers Association announced Jan. 9. that the Hennegan Brothers documentary "The First Saturday in May," which chronicled the stories of six horses and their connections on the journey to the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has won the 2008 Media Eclipse Award in the national television feature programming category. The 90-minute program aired on HorseRacing TV Oct. 28, 2008.

Online Handicapping Contest Rescheduled

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Online Handicapping Contest Rescheduled

TwinSpires.com, the advance deposit wagering service for Churchill Downs Inc. has rescheduled its "Biggest Vegas Qualifier Ever" online handicapping contest for Jan. 3, 2009.

Barbaro Fund Supports Reseach Projects

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Dec. 5 announced that its subsidiary, NTRA Charities, has disbursed $90,801 in support of one new and two continuing equine medical research projects.

NHC Tour Entrants Now Being Accepted

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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.

OK of Guild Bankruptcy Plan Expected

OK of Guild Bankruptcy Plan Expected

Confirmation of a plan allowing the Jockeys' Guild to emerge from bankruptcy was delayed for at least a couple of weeks during a Nov. 17 hearing in a Kentucky federal court, but the judge presiding over the Chapter 11 reorganization said he expects to approve the necessary order when it crosses his desk.

Justus Joins NYRA Team

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Justus Joins NYRA Team

The New York Racing Association announced Oct. 31 that Kimberly Justus has assumed the newly-created post of director of guest services. In her new role, Justus is responsible for all customer service functions at NYRA.

NTRA Seeks Director for New Alliance

A week after announcing a major safety and integrity initiative for horse racing, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors said it has launched a national search for an executive director to spearhead the endeavor.

Waldrop: Pleased With Alliance Response

Waldrop: Pleased With Alliance Response

Following the Oct. 15 unveiling of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance, four of the organization's principle figures were on hand to further explain their roles and the details of the equine health and safety reform plan, which will be implemented gradually over the next two years.

NTRA: 'Safety' Train to Leave Station

NTRA: 'Safety' Train to Leave Station

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.

From Vegas: Marketing Summit Wrap-Up

From Vegas: Marketing Summit Wrap-Up

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.

JC Gold Cup to be Televised on ESPNEWS

JC Gold Cup to be Televised on ESPNEWS

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, in conjunction with the New York Racing Association, announced that the Sept. 27 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park will be televised live on ESPNEWS.

Horseplayers' Panel Announced by NTRA

Horseplayers' Panel Announced by NTRA

An 11-member advisory panel has been named by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association to help formulate grass roots lobbying and assist the NTRA's Horseplayers' Coalition address issues that affect players at the federal level.

NTRA: Reaching a New Generation

NTRA: Reaching a New Generation

After a three-year hiatus, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Marketing Summit was brought to the forefront of a growing list of necessary steps toward creating a better industry. The three day conference, held Sept. 21-23 at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, covered a variety of topics, from reaching new generations of fans, to discussing updates on several NTRA programs and initiatives.

NTRA to Host Tax Seminar at Keeneland

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NTRA to Host Tax Seminar at Keeneland

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will host a free equine tax seminar at the Keeneland sale pavilion Sept. 12, a dark day during the Keeneland September yearling sale.

NTRA to Seek Commitments on Reform Plan

NTRA to Seek Commitments on Reform Plan

Support for a proposed national strategic plan for equine welfare and safety and other reforms will be sought Sept. 12 when the National Thoroughbred Racing Association brings together industry representatives for discussion and -- it hopes -- commitment to action.

Bill to Bag Withholding Tax Introduced

Legislation that would eliminate the automatic 25% federal withholding on pari-mutuel winnings of $5,000 or more on wagers of at least 300-1 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives July 29.

Wagering Plummets Since Triple Crown

Wagering Plummets Since Triple Crown

Wagering has dropped 11% on North American Thoroughbred racing since the end of the Triple Crown series -- at least by one indicator -- a disturbing trend that can likely be attributed to a variety of factors.

Strategic Plan for Horse Safety in Works

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is formulating a "strategic plan" for equine health and safety and will seek support from various industry organizations when the document is released, probably in early fall.

Charity Golf Tournament Set for October

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Charity Golf Tournament Set for October

The eighth annual National Thoroughbred Racing Association Charities and Kentucky Derby Museum Golf Classic will take place at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville Oct. 6.

Pinnacle Race Course Joins NTRA

Pinnacle Race Course Joins NTRA

Pinnacle Race Course, the new Thoroughbred racetrack located near Detroit, Mich., has become a member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association pending final NTRA board approval, it was announced July 15. Pinnacle will open its inaugural meet July 18.

Handle Down, Purses Up in Second Quarter

Pari-mutuel handle took a hit but purses gained a bit in the second quarter of 2008, according to the "Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators" for United States and Canadian pari-mutuel wagering on U.S. Thoroughbred racing.

NTRA to Host Marketing Summit

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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.

Delaware Park's Fasy Joins NTRA Board

William Fasy, president and chief executive officer of Delaware Park, has replaced Robert Green on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors.

Equine Welfare Key No Matter the Outcome

Equine Welfare Key No Matter the Outcome

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is prepared for "every potential outcome" on Preakness Stakes (gr. I) day, but no matter the result, developments in the area of equine health and welfare in the coming weeks and months are of the utmost importance, the organization's president and chief executive officer said.

PETA Demonstrates Outside Pimlico Gates

PETA Demonstrates Outside Pimlico Gates

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.

Significant Minority Support Racing Ban

In the wake of the tragedy that followed the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with Eight Belles' fatal breakdown, alarming statistics reflecting the percentage of those who would support a horse racing ban were revealed by a Gallup poll.

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