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Breeders' Cup Launches 'Win and You're In' Series

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.

NTRA, Breeders' Cup Limited Reports Available

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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.

'Emirates Airline Countdown to Breeders' Cup' on ESPN2

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.

Sound Investment

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.

Jockeys Insurance Bill Opposed by NTRA, Other Groups

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.

Gone Tomorrow?

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."

Former NTRA Commissioner Comes Full Circle

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 Renews Sponsorship Through 2007

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.

National HBPA Has NTRA Membership Plan

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.

"Road" Shows on ESPN Grab More Viewers

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.

Cut Down to Size

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.

Breeders' Cup, NTRA Boards Tab Avioli Interim CEO

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

Avioli Named Interim CEO of NTRA, Breeders' Cup

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.

NTRA in Critical Talks with Justice Department on Internet Bill

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.

Santanna, Green, Landsburg Added to NTRA Board

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.

Handle, Purses Up through First Quarter of 2006

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Equibase Company released the "Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators" for United States and Canadian pari-mutuel wagering on U.S. Thoroughbred racing during the first quarter of 2006, as well as for U.S. purses and race days, with prior-year, first-quarter comparisons.

National Pick 4 Schedule Announced by NTRA

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced the 2006 schedule of National Pick 4 wagers available at wagering outlets nationwide March 31. All six wagers are tied to ABC/ESPN racing telecasts.

RCI Convention Addresses Federal Regulation

Racing is in need of some forms of additional federal regulation according to a panel of experts at the 72nd annual convention of the Association of Racing Commissioners International. The general consensus was reached Wednesday morning during a panel discussion titled, "Is Federal Regulation Necessary for Racing?"

Credibility Gap

By Ray Paulick - Election of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club executive vice president Craig Fravel as the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's new board chairman was considered such a momentous occasion that it took 19 days for the NTRA to issue a press release on the subject--and only after receiving an inquisitive call from a reporter.

Fravel Takes Over as NTRA Chairman of the Board

In an ongoing restructuring of the jointly operated National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup, the NTRA said Del Mar vice president Craig Fravel has replaced NTRA commissioner D.G. Van Clief Jr. as chairman of the NTRA board of directors.

2006 Breeders' Cup Ticketing Process Begins

Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited and Churchill Downs announced March 21 that ticket applications for the 2006 Breeders' Cup World Championships are now available. The 23rd Breeders' Cup, consisting of eight grade I races with purses and awards totaling $14 million, will be held Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Giacomo Ready for Big 'Cap

Trainer John Shirreffs said Giacomo will be ready when the gates spring open Saturday for the $1-million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I). The Big 'Cap will be the second start of the year for the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner who began his 4-year-old season with a third-place effort in the Feb. 4 Strub Stakes (gr. II).

California Ponders Offshore Betting Options

Frustrated with the lack of federal prosecution of illegal offshore gambling operations, the California Horse Racing Board is considering action to curtail the advertising and promotion of such activity by publications and broadcasters.

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