NTRA to Unveil Strategic Priorities

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will discuss its priorities for 2008 during a Dec. 6 presentation at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson.

The NTRA board of directors met Dec. 4 in Tucson to discuss budgetary and strategic planning matters. A release indicated the board approved a 2008 budget--the amount and breakdown of projected revenue and expenses wasn’t included in the release--and was told 2007 revenue would total about $2.5 million.

Officials couldn’t be immediately reached for comment on the meeting.

The release said 2008 strategic priorities will be unveiled during the symposium presentation, as will the identity of two new NTRA Purchasing partners. The board also discussed a preliminary schedule for televised racing on ESPN in 2008.

“It appears that 2007 will exceed our most optimistic expectations,” NTRA president and chief executive officer Alex Waldrop said in a statement. “We look forward to building on these results in 2008 as we carry out the industry’s strategic priorities at the national level.”

This year marks a return of the NTRA to the symposium agenda after an absence of several years. In previous years, it had used the symposium to provide industry updates and to preview national advertising campaigns.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the NTRA board of directors is scheduled for April 4, 2008, at Santa Anita Park in Southern California. Santa Anita will host the 2008 Breeders’ Cup World Championships in October.

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