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Rags to Riches' Coaching Club Oaks to Air on ESPN

Rags to Riches' Coaching Club Oaks to Air on ESPN

With Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Rags to Riches expected to make her next start in the July 21 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Belmont Park, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced July 13 that live coverage of the race has been added to the TV series "NTRA Summer Racing - Powered by Dodge."

Commentary: The Owner's Owner

Mace Siegel - As gifted as he was as a television producer, and as much as he enjoyed that trade, Ed Friendly fell in love with another industry, and those of us in the Thoroughbred industry, particularly in California, are fortunate he did.

NTRA Fills Two Senior-Level Positions

NTRA Fills Two Senior-Level Positions

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has hired Terry McElfresh as senior vice president of NTRA Purchasing, and Vicki Baumgardner as chief financial officer.

Baumgardner Named CFO of NTRA

Baumgardner Named CFO of NTRA

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Monday that Vicki L. Baumgardner has been named its new chief financial officer.

Rags to Riches Blog Launched

Rags to Riches Blog Launched

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has launched a special blog page dedicated to Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Rags to Riches.

NTRA Summer Racing Series Begins June 30

NTRA Summer Racing Series Begins June 30

"NTRA Summer Racing - "Powered by Dodge," seven shows featuring 16 races, will air on the ESPN networks beginning June 30, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 13.

Naify, Liebau, Marzelli Take NTRA Board Seats

Naify, Liebau, Marzelli Take NTRA Board Seats

Marsha Naify, Jack Liebau, and Alan Marzelli are new members of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors. Naify is the first woman to serve on the board.

Commentary: Sex Sells

By Dan Liebman - Sure, this is no Bobby Riggs versus Billy Jean King but that's what marketing is all about -- taking something people aren't sure they care about and making them realize they should care about it.

Revived Task Force Holds Organizational Meeting

Meeting for the first time since its announced resurrection almost three months ago, the revived Sales Integrity Task Force left its May 7 gathering at Keeneland with proclaimed vows of providing quick and satisfying results.

Jacksons Arrive at Churchill; Promote Barbaro Charity

Jacksons Arrive at Churchill; Promote Barbaro Charity

Immediately upon their arrival at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) day, Roy and Gretchen Jackson spoke in a press conference in the Paddock Pavilion about their beloved colt Barbaro, who captured last year's Run for the Roses, but was euthanized earlier this year due to injuries suffered in the 2006 Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Also on hand to promote NTRA Charities - Barbaro Memorial Fund was Alex Waldrop, NTRA president and chief executive officer.

Lexington, Federico Tesio to Air on ESPN2 April 21

"NTRA Racing to the Kentucky Derby" is presenting same-day coverage of the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) from Keeneland Race Course April 21, 6-7p.m. ET on ESPN2. Also on tap is the $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes from Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, a stepping stone for locally based horses hoping to start in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

Triple Crown Dates Set as National Fundraising Days for Barbaro Fund

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Churchill Downs, Magna Entertainment, and the New York Racing Association announced March 20 that Kentucky Derby day, Preakness Stakes day, and Belmont Stakes day have been established as national fundraising dates for the NTRA Charities â€" Barbaro Memorial Fund.

Barbaro Memorial Fund Created by NTRA

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has created the Barbaro Memorial Fund to raise awareness and money for equine health and safety research.

In It To Win It

In It To Win It

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.

Nerud to Receive Eclipse for Lifetime Achievement in Racing

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.

Lean and Clean

Lean and Clean

By Ray Paulick - The NTRA's biggest success -- its lobbying efforts -- is reason alone to continue supporting the organization as it embraces change.

Waldrop, Elliston Land NTRA Management Posts

Waldrop, Elliston Land NTRA Management Posts

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.

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

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

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.

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