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Officials Discuss International Commingling

Officials representing virtually every major racing country around the world with pari-mutuel betting have taken the first step toward creating huge pools through international commingling that could revolutionize the sport.

Breeders' Cup, NTRA Boards Tab Avioli Interim CEO

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.

Breeders' Cup Purses Hiked to $20M This Year

Breeders' Cup Purses Hiked to $20M This Year

Total purses for this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs will be $20 million, up $6 million from last year under a new structure officials said is designed to keep the races competitive with other major Thoroughbred stakes around the world.

Van Clief to Retire from Breeders' Cup, NTRA

Van Clief to Retire from Breeders' Cup, NTRA

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.

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.

Chamblin to Oversee NTRA Communications

Keith Chamblin, formerly the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's senior vice president for marketing and industry relations, has assumed the new position of senior vice president in charge of communications, the NTRA announced Dec. 21.

Breeders' Cup Tackles NTRA Deal, NYRA Situation

Breeders' Cup Tackles NTRA Deal, NYRA Situation

The Breeders' Cup board of directors didn't take formal action during an Oct. 4 retreat but did reach consensus on extension of the organization's management agreement with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Racing to the Rescue Day Planned for Oct. 8

Racing to the Rescue Day Planned for Oct. 8

Organizations in the horse industry are forming a major fundraising effort Oct. 8 for victims of Hurricane Katrina to be called "Racing to the Rescue Day." The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships also plans to raise funds for the cause.

$3.1 Million Storm Cat Colt Lifts F-T Saratoga Sale

$3.1 Million Storm Cat Colt Lifts F-T Saratoga Sale

The lone Storm Cat colt in the Fasig-Tipton select yearling sale elicited a protracted bidding duel between a pair of racing titans Wednesday night which resulted in a final $3.1 million winning bid from bloodstock agent Demi O'Byrne. The sale-topping colt added to a session total of $16,890,000, which was good for an average of $324,808 and a median of $200,000. Sixteen horses were RNA'd, or 23.5% of the night's total.

Horse Investment Bill Initiated in U.S. Senate

A bill designed to promote investment in the horse industry by removing provisions of federal law that favor other investments was introduced by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell July 28.

Foal and Stallion Nominators Elect 13 to BC Board

Officials of Breeders' Cup Ltd. announced Thursday the election of 13 members to its board of directors through the proportional shareholder voting system by Breeders' Cup foal and stallion nominators. The election results were confirmed at last week's board meeting in Lexington.

Van Clief to Receive Equine Advocates Awards

D.G. Van Clief Jr., commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and president of Breeders' Cup, will be honored with the Aug. 4 Equine Advocates Safe Home Equine Protection Award.

Van Clief Calls for Vigilant Attention to Security

Van Clief Calls for Vigilant Attention to Security

National Thoroughbred Racing Association commissioner D.G. Van Clief Jr. Saturday called upon all facets of the industry to accelerate implementation of recommendations for increased regulatory oversight of participants in U.S. pari-mutuel wagering pools.

TCT Contract Parameters Tied to TV Deals

The amount of money Breeders' Cup contributes to the Thoroughbred Championship Tour beginning in 2006 will hinge on the television contracts negotiated this year by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association for next year and beyond.

NTRA Alters Roles of Some Personnel

NTRA Alters Roles of Some Personnel

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has altered the roles of several staff members to reflect priorities for 2005 as well as its long-term strategy, commissioner D.G. Van Clief Jr. said in a Dec. 20 release. The changes take effect Jan. 1.

NTRA Moves Forward with Action Plan

D. G. Van Clief Jr., commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Association, said the NTRA will move forward with three goals: to make racing a Top 10 sport in America, grow handle to specific target levels, and to act as a convening authority.

Velazquez Receives Shoemaker Award

Velazquez Receives Shoemaker Award

Jockey John Velazquez, who won two races on Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships card at Lone Star Park, was named recipient of the Shoemaker Award, voted on by the media covering the event.

Pre-Entry Breakfast Has Texas Flavor

It is no coincidence that Lone Star Park is hosting the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships after only being open for seven seasons. In fact, it was all by design and carefully planned by Lone Star management and city officials of Grand Prairie, Texas.

Van Clief Named NTRA Commissioner

Van Clief Named NTRA Commissioner

D.G. Van Clief Jr. was named commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association by the organization's board of directors during its board meeting at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas Sept. 25.

Paragallo Donation Pushes N.Y. Heroes Fund over $4.4 Million

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Ltd. Saturday made a contribution of $250,000 to America's Camp through the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund. The disbursement brings total Heroes Fund contributions to Sept. 11-related charitable programs to $4.45 million and total contributions to America's Camp to $350,000.

NTRA Adds to Industry Relations Team

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has hired Joe Clabes as director of industry relations and Jamie Eads as industry programs coordinator.

Meyocks Joins NTRA as Commissioner's Assistant

Meyocks Joins NTRA as Commissioner's Assistant

Terry Meyocks, former president and chief operating officer of the New York Racing Association, has taken the position of special assistant to the commissioner with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

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