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Racing Keeps Eye on Internet Poker Bill

The pari-mutuel industry could end up with some benefits should Congress opt to use legalization of Internet poker to help fund continuation of broad tax cuts agreed upon by Republicans and President Obama.

NTRA: 'Punching Bag' or Valued Resource?

NTRA: 'Punching Bag' or Valued Resource?

As the National Thoroughbred Racing Association prepares for its June 3 board of directors meeting in New York amid a changing landscape, the organization's biggest challenge could very well be industry perception.

NTRA: Balanced Budget, Board Changes in Works

NTRA: Balanced Budget, Board Changes in Works

Operating revenue for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association was down 45.2% in 2009 from 2008, but expenses were down 47.5% year-to-year, leading the organization to suggest it should have a balanced budget for 2010.

Pfizer Partners With NTRA Alliance

Pfizer Partners With NTRA Alliance

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association March 31 announced that Pfizer Animal Health has become an official Equine Health Promotional Partner of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.

Numbers Show Need for Contraction, Innovation

A report showing that for the second consecutive year wagering on Thoroughbred racing in the U.S. sustained a major hit is a sign that the industry is impacted by the recession and needs to find ways to generate more money.

Georgia Committee Studies Racetrack Benefits

The state of Georgia may be in for some changes in the coming months as horse enthusiasts try to convince lawmakers that building a racetrack is vital to both the struggling breeding industry and the economy as a whole.

Roster, Agenda Set for NTRA Meeting, Summit

Marketing and promotions, legislative advocacy, NTRA Advantage purchasing program, and the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance are among the topics at this year's National Thoroughbred Racing Association�fs Annual Meeting and Marketing Summit.

AP Report: Racetrack Deaths Down Slightly

The rush to improve safety since Eight Belles was euthanized at last year's Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) did little to curb the number of horses dying at American racetracks in 2008, The Associated Press found in a national count.

Sanan Appointed to NTRA Board

Sanan Appointed to NTRA Board

Thoroughbred owner-breeder Satish Sanan was appointed to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board to represent Breeders' Cup. Ltd., effective as of the next NTRA board of directors meeting in September in Florence, Ky.

Online Gambling Bill Has Racing Provisions

Federal legislation that would regulate online poker and games of skill protects pari-mutuel horse racing under the Interstate Horseracing Act and includes various tax breaks sought by the racing industry, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said Aug. 7.

Feed Company Aids Neglected Horses

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance April 23 announced that longtime NTRA Advantage partner and official supplier Hallway Feeds has donated 6,000 pounds of feed to aid the 170 horses suffering from malnourishment at Center Brook Farm near Climax, N.Y.

Dogs' Plight a Lesson for Horse Racing?

As the Thoroughbred industry seeks to build on and create new programs to deal with horses that can no longer race, it could learn lessons from Greyhound racing, which has a history of successful adoption programs and first-hand knowledge of the power of animal-rights groups.

Keeneland Accredited by NTRA Alliance

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Keeneland Accredited by NTRA Alliance

At a press conference April 17 at Keeneland, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that the Lexington racetrack has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility. Keeneland is the second track to be so designated by the Alliance. Churchill Downs was accredited last week.

Track Testing Lab to be Launched

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A Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory designed to enhance surface safety for horses and riders is being launched with the financial support of a broad industry coalition, it was announced April 17 by the laboratory's coordinators Dr. Mick Peterson and Dr. Wayne McIlwraith.

Safety Accreditation a Long-Haul Process

Safety Accreditation a Long-Haul Process

The accreditation of Churchill Downs by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance is being called a major accomplishment by the officials involved, but they also acknowledge it's just the beginning. Safety and integrity standards will change, and compliance will be reviewed at least every two years.

Churchill Downs Accredited by Alliance

Churchill Downs Accredited by Alliance

At a press conference April 9 at Churchill Downs, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that the Louisville racetrack has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a comprehensive review of racing operations at the facility.

Safety Alliance Circulates Standards

Safety Alliance Circulates Standards

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has circulated a list of more than 15 compliance standards that could be finalized in early March and serve as the basis for accreditation in the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.

Industry Awaits Betfair Plans for TVG

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Industry Awaits Betfair Plans for TVG

British-based Betfair Group, which announced Jan. 27 it had completed its acquisition of TV Games Network from Macrovision for $50 million in cash consideration, is hopeful its new holding helps it make inroads in the United States market, which it has courted for years.

Barbaro Fund Supports Reseach Projects

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Dec. 5 announced that its subsidiary, NTRA Charities, has disbursed $90,801 in support of one new and two continuing equine medical research projects.

NTRA Seeks Director for New Alliance

A week after announcing a major safety and integrity initiative for horse racing, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors said it has launched a national search for an executive director to spearhead the endeavor.

Waldrop: Pleased With Alliance Response

Waldrop: Pleased With Alliance Response

Following the Oct. 15 unveiling of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance, four of the organization's principle figures were on hand to further explain their roles and the details of the equine health and safety reform plan, which will be implemented gradually over the next two years.

NTRA: 'Safety' Train to Leave Station

NTRA: 'Safety' Train to Leave Station

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will unveil its Safety and Integrity Initiative Oct. 15 and fully expects broad industry cooperation given progress made thus far, officials said Oct. 1.

From Vegas: Marketing Summit Wrap-Up

From Vegas: Marketing Summit Wrap-Up

Blogging and other Web-related topics were given some of the highest priority during the Sept. 22 sessions of the well-attended National Thoroughbred Racing Association Marketing Summit at Las Vegas' Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa.

NTRA: Reaching a New Generation

NTRA: Reaching a New Generation

After a three-year hiatus, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Marketing Summit was brought to the forefront of a growing list of necessary steps toward creating a better industry. The three day conference, held Sept. 21-23 at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, covered a variety of topics, from reaching new generations of fans, to discussing updates on several NTRA programs and initiatives.

NTRA to Seek Commitments on Reform Plan

NTRA to Seek Commitments on Reform Plan

Support for a proposed national strategic plan for equine welfare and safety and other reforms will be sought Sept. 12 when the National Thoroughbred Racing Association brings together industry representatives for discussion and -- it hopes -- commitment to action.

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