The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has created the Barbaro Memorial Fund to raise awareness and money for equine health and safety research.
- By Dan Liebman
By Dan Liebman - On the night of the 36th Eclipse Awards Jan. 22 in Beverly Hills, Calif., every equine flat winner had one thing in common: all raced on Breeders' Cup World Championships day.
Grey Goose Vodka has signed on as the name-in-title sponsor of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) under a multi-year agreement.
Barbaro's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victory, injury in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), and subsequent surgery at New Bolton Center were voted the top moments in Thoroughbred racing for 2007.
The American Horse Council announced that Alex Waldrop, president and chief executive officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), has been elected to the AHC board of trustees.
Purses and handle on Thoroughbred racing in the United States increased 3.3% and 1.5%, respectively, in 2006
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 11 that John Nerud, one of America's most successful and influential Thoroughbred horsemen, will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing.
The Breeders' Cup board of directors plans to explore the possibility of seeking a title sponsor for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - The NTRA's biggest success -- its lobbying efforts -- is reason alone to continue supporting the organization as it embraces change.
Alex Waldrop, former president of Churchill Downs, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. In addition, Turfway Park president Bob Elliston was appointed the first executive chairman of the organization.
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.
Eric Wing, senior director of media relations for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, has been elected president of the Turf Publicists of America for 2007.
Breeders' Cup and some of the top racetracks in the country have repackaged major stakes for 2007 in the hope of promoting the World Championships. The scheme includes guaranteed berths in the Breeders' Cup for horses that win stakes on six big-event days in the summer and early fall.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Oct. 26 that a John Deere X304 riding mower tractor with a retail value of $3,499 will be given away at the November 4 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Ltd. on Oct. 12 publicly issued separate annual reports for the first time since the two groups formed an alliance in 2001.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited's respective annual reports, released Oct. 12, are available in printable PDF versions online at NTRA.com.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's "Emirates Airline Countdown to the Breeders' Cup" presents six live races Oct. 7 on ESPN2. Highlighting the show are the final Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) tune-up races for Bernardini and Lava Man. They are expected to meet in the $5 million Classic Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Monday that UPS has reached a three-year agreement to become an "Official Partner" of the NTRA.
Racing's right to offer account wagering under the amended 1978 Interstate Horseracing Act was reaffirmed in Internet gaming legislation passed early Saturday morning by the U.S. House and Senate.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - The political power the horse racing industry now enjoys in our nation's capital is a result of a strategy planned and executed by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, and supported by knowledgeable individuals who understand that contributions to the NTRA's Legislative Action Campaign and Political Action Committee are an investment in their future.
Several horse industry groups took a strong stand against legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday that would divert revenue from simulcasting to state racing commissions to fund accident insurance for jockeys, exercise riders, and other racetrack workers.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - At the 45th Annual Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Aug. 10, 1997, Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps, then and now chairman of The Jockey Club, proclaimed that the "National Thoroughbred Racing Association is an idea whose time has come."
The $2 Kentucky Lottery Breeders' Cup scratch-off ticket has been one of the most successful scratch-off tickets in the Kentucky Lottery Corporation's history.
The $1 million grand prize NTRA "Mystery Mutuel Voucher" was redeemed Saturday at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., outside Minneapolis. The winner is Fred Holland of Mounds View, Minn.
Tim Smith was a racing outsider when he was recruited as the first commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in 1998. Now, he's again an outsider--maybe even an outcast--caught up in the acrimony dominating the quest for the franchise to operate the three major Thoroughbred racetracks in New York.
NetJets, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, and Breeders' Cup Limited announced Aug. 3 that NetJets has renewed its marketing partnership with the NTRA/Breeders' Cup through 2007. NetJets has been a sponsor of the NTRA and Breeders' Cup since 2002.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup have struck a new joint operating agreement through at least 2008, ending speculation the two organizations could go their separate ways. In addition, they will have separate chief executive officers.
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is moving ahead with plans to implement a lump-sum payment that would reduce its annual National Thoroughbred Racing Association membership dues by about 50% but almost triple the number of NTRA-member HBPA affiliates.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Wednesday that television viewership for the first four shows of its "Road to the Breeders' Cup World Championships -- Powered by Dodge" was up 45% over last year's numbers.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - In light of the industry's reticence to hand over any real power to the NTRA, downsized expectations and downsized staffing make perfect sense.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup announced a 40% reduction in personnel and resulting administration costs as part of what they call a restructuring of their joint operating arrangement.
Breeders' Cup has announced the names of the 13 individuals elected to its board of trustees and members for three-year terms beginning Aug. 1.
Gregory C. Avioli will face some major challenges when he takes over as interim chief executive officer of the Breeders' Cup and National Thoroughbred Racing Association July 1.
Greg Avioli has been named interim chief executive officer of the Breeders' Cup and National Thoroughbred Racing Association while the two organizations discuss the structure of their relationship beyond 2006
Gregory C. Avioli was appointed interim chief executive officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited June 8 during a joint meeting of the two boards in Garden City, N.Y.
The NTRA Charities Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund announced it has disbursed $56,121 to more than 50 former riders who are permanently disabled as a result of injuries sustained while riding at North American racetracks.
The future direction of the Breeders' Cup, and perhaps the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, could be at least partly decided when the results of an ongoing election for the Breeders' Cup board of trustees and members are announced in July.
Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez, who is scheduled to ride in his first race Friday since recovering from injuries suffered at Keeneland in April, says he will be at full strength by June 10 when he rides WinStar Farm's Bluegrass Cat in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Churchill Downs must receive ticket applications for the 2006 Breeders' Cup World Championships by June 1 in order to be included in a random drawing that determines the order those applications will be processed.
Horse racing interests scored a significant victory in Congress Thursday morning when the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act that was favorably reported out of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee contained exemptions for account wagering on horse racing.
With the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act expected for markup in the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning, officials with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association headed by executive vice president Greg Avioli have been actively negotiating with the Department of Justice over language in the bill relevant to horse racing.
A handicapper who wins a Churchill Downs Inc. qualifying tournament and the 2007 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship will win a $1-million bonus.
Below are selected links to some Web sites that have been established related to Barbaro.
Industry associations have joined the thousands of racing fans rallying around Barbaro, who was pulled up in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and underwent surgery on his right hind leg the following day.
The sixth annual NTRA Charities/Kentucky Derby Museum Golf Classic was held May 1 at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.
Television Games Network will again sponsor the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), the 6-furlong race that is part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.
D.G. Van Clief Jr., president of Breeders' Cup since 1996 and commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association since late summer of 2004, will retire from both positions by the end of this year.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has announced that Joe Santanna, president of the National HBPA; Robert W. Green, president and CEO of Greenwood Racing; and Thoroughbred Owners of California director and board chair Alan Landsburg have joined the NTRA Board of Directors.
Horses can now be nominated to the Breeders' Cup program at any time during their racing career, following new rules approved by the Breeders' Cup board of directors.
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