The annual event, which spotlights graduates of that year's 2-year-olds in training sales, has been a fixture of the late summer/early fall racing scene for the past five years. The 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up, Closing Argument, won the 2004 NATC Futurity for colts. "The NATC was extremely pleased with the quality of the program, the ambiance, and the crowd that turned out at the Jersey Shore for the 2005 Futurities," said NATC board member Mike Mulligan. "Monmouth's racing recretary Mike Dempsey did a super job of putting together top fields, and it made the entire process enjoyable. We look forward to many more successful racing days ahead."
The Futurities are held in two divisions, for males and females. Fields are limited to 14 starters, with preference given to those with the highest earnings. Horses eligible to compete in the 2006 Futurities must be catalogued in a 2-year-old sale during the coming year and have 2006 advertising fees paid.