Keyword: NTRA

  • 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).

  • NTRA Teleconference Focuses on Equine Health, Final Derby Preps

    In an NTRA Road to the Triple Crown teleconference April 17, equine orthopedic surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage discussed equine health and safety issues while trainers Phil Sims, Dick Small, and Mark Shuman talked about their plans for the upcoming Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) and Federico Tesio (gr. III) Stakes on Saturday.

  • 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.

  • Dan Liebman

    In It To Win It

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - 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.

  • Ray Paulick
&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Lean and Clean

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

  • Alex Waldrop, president/CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

    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.

  • Video Replays of All Graded Stakes to be Available

    Video replays of all graded stakes in North America - starting with the races of Dec. 26, 2006 - will be archived and available free of charge at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Web site.

  • 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.

  • John Deere Tractor to be Given Away at Breeders' Cup

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Oct. 26 that a John Deere X304 riding mower tractor with a retail value of $3,499 will be given away at the November 4 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.

  • 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.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Sound Investment

    <em>By Ray Paulick</em> - The political power the horse racing industry now enjoys in our nation's capital is a result of a strategy planned and executed by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, and supported by knowledgeable individuals who understand that contributions to the NTRA's Legislative Action Campaign and Political Action Committee are an investment in their future.

  • Jockeys Insurance Bill Opposed by NTRA, Other Groups

    Several horse industry groups took a strong stand against legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday that would divert revenue from simulcasting to state racing commissions to fund accident insurance for jockeys, exercise riders, and other racetrack workers.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Gone Tomorrow?

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - At the 45th Annual Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Aug. 10, 1997, Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps, then and now chairman of The Jockey Club, proclaimed that the "National Thoroughbred Racing Association is an idea whose time has come."

  • $1 Million 'Mystery Voucher' Cashed at Canterbury

    The $1 million grand prize NTRA "Mystery Mutuel Voucher" was redeemed Saturday at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., outside Minneapolis. The winner is Fred Holland of Mounds View, Minn.

  • Former official Tim Smith caught up in NYRA controversy.

    Former NTRA Commissioner Comes Full Circle

    Tim Smith was a racing outsider when he was recruited as the first commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in 1998. Now, he's again an outsider--maybe even an outcast--caught up in the acrimony dominating the quest for the franchise to operate the three major Thoroughbred racetracks in New York.

  • NetJets Renews Sponsorship Through 2007

    NetJets, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, and Breeders' Cup Limited announced Aug. 3 that NetJets has renewed its marketing partnership with the NTRA/Breeders' Cup through 2007. NetJets has been a sponsor of the NTRA and Breeders' Cup since 2002.

  • NTRA, Breeders' Cup Strike Modified Operating Agreement

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup have struck a new joint operating agreement through at least 2008, ending speculation the two organizations could go their separate ways. In addition, they will have separate chief executive officers.

  • National HBPA Has NTRA Membership Plan

    The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is moving ahead with plans to implement a lump-sum payment that would reduce its annual National Thoroughbred Racing Association membership dues by about 50% but almost triple the number of NTRA-member HBPA affiliates.

  • "Road" Shows on ESPN Grab More Viewers

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Wednesday that television viewership for the first four shows of its "Road to the Breeders' Cup World Championships -- Powered by Dodge" was up 45% over last year's numbers.

  • Ray Paulick
Editor-in-Chief

    Cut Down to Size

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - In light of the industry's reticence to hand over any real power to the NTRA, downsized expectations and downsized staffing make perfect sense.

  • Breeders&#39; Cup/NTRA boards name Greg Avioli interim CEO at New York session.

    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.

  • Jockey John Velazquez, rides at Monmouth Park Friday.

    Jockey Velazquez Says He Will Be '100%' By Belmont Day

    Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez, who is scheduled to ride in his first race Friday since recovering from injuries suffered at Keeneland in April, says he will be at full strength by June 10 when he rides WinStar Farm's Bluegrass Cat in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Breeders' Cup Ticket Applications Due June 1

    Churchill Downs must receive ticket applications for the 2006 Breeders' Cup World Championships by June 1 in order to be included in a random drawing that determines the order those applications will be processed.