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  • Zenyatta (left) and Rachel Alexandra (right) are the leading candidates for Horse of the Year.

    Change in Horse of the Year Voting Rejected

    Two of the three voting groups for Eclipse Awards have rejected a proposal to change this year's Eclipse Awards voting procedures to allow for a vote for co-Horse of the Year, a move that could have led to Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra sharing that top honor.

  • Widaman Takes DRF Business Development Job

    Fritz Widaman, who has headed marketing efforts at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association since 2003, has been named to the newly created position of director of sales and business development for Daily Racing Form.

  • NTRA Alliance Accredits Oak Tree/Santa Anita

    The Oak Tree Racing Association and Santa Anita Park, site Nov. 6-7 of the Breeders' Cup World Championships -- for the second straight year -- have been accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, it was announced Oct. 29 in a release.

  • NTRA Conducting Free Handicapping Contest

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is conducting a free, online handicapping contest in association with the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Nov. 6-7 in which the winner will receive four tickets to the 2010 Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs.

  • Alliance Report on Way; Standards to Expand

    The independent monitor for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance will conduct a "systematic and formal data-gathering phase" in the next few months and release a "detailed, comprehensive report" by the end of the year. Meanwhile, the alliance, which accredits racetracks, is developing standards for wagering security and tote protocol that will be included in the 2010 code.

  • Accreditation review at Turfway Park.

    Turfway Receives Accreditation from NTRA

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility. Turfway Park is the 10th racing facility to be so designated by the Alliance.

  • Calder staff and management join NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance Executive Director Mike Ziegler in the Winner's Circle to celebrate the track's accreditation.

    Calder Accredited by NTRA Safety Alliance

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Sept. 25 that Calder Race Course has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility.

  • 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.

  • Fairplex Park Makes Safety Upgrades

    Fairplex Park has upgraded its safety and emergency care efforts for the 2009 meet, which begins Sept. 10 and runs through Sept. 28 at the Southern California track.

  • West Point Horses Run in Support of Alliance

    A percentage of any purse monies earned by West Point Thoroughbreds' Macho Again in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 5 at Saratoga; and Awesome Gem in the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Sept. 6 at Del Mar will be donated to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.

  • Breeders' Cup Media Awards Contest

    The Breeders' Cup Media Awards honor excellence in coverage of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. There are four awards that will celebrate outstanding writing and communication of the Championships in 2008: The Joe Hirsch Award for Outstanding Newspaper writing, Bill Leggett Award for Outstanding Magazine writing, the Online Writing Award, and the Social Media Award.

  • Satish Sanan

    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.

  • Arlington Accredited by NTRA Safety Alliance

    The NTRA announced Aug. 4 that Arlington Park has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility.

  • Fasig-Tipton Rejoins NTRA

    Just days before its first yearling sale of 2009, Fasig-Tipton announced it has rejoined the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA).

  • Belmont Park

    Belmont Jockeys Testing Padded Crops

    Jockeys at Belmont Park this week began testing padded crops designed to be gentler on horses, according to a press rlease issued by the New York Racing Association July 10. The goal is to fully implement the new equipment by the start of the six-week Saratoga meeting on July 29.

  • NTRA to Offer Telecast of Grade I Stakes

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 30 the broadcast schedule for "Emirates Airline Summer Racing Presented by the NTRA."

  • NTRA Radio Ad Wins Award at Cannes

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's radio advertising campaign won a Gold Lion Award at this week's 56th International Advertising Festival in Cannes, France. The award is one of the highest honors handed out at the radio industry's international awards competition.

  • Delaware Park Accredited by NTRA Alliance

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 17 that Delaware Park in Stanton, Del., has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility.

  • Robert N. Clay

    Clay Re-Appointed to NTRA Board

    Robert N. Clay, owner of Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., and an original member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's board of directors, was re-appointed to the NTRA Board to represent The Jockey Club following an board meeting last week in New York.

  • Belmont Park in Midst of Accreditation Review

    As officials in Maryland work to achieve full accreditation for Pimlico Race Course through the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, the New York Racing Association is anticipating alliance approval for Belmont Park before the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Bill Introduced to Eliminate Withholding Tax

    A bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives April 28 that would eliminate the automatic 25% federal withholding on pari-mutuel winnings of $5,000 or more for bets that carry odds of 300-1 or higher.

  • Kentucky Derby favorite I Want Revenge tops this week's NTRA poll.

    I Want Revenge Tops NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll

    Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner I Want Revenge continued to be the top vote-getter in the latest National Thoroughbred Racing Association's 3-year-old poll of Thoroughbred as voted on by racing media representatives. I Want Revenge also held down the top spot the previous week.

  • Pfizer Assists With Paragallo Horses

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance announced April 21 that Pfizer Animal Health has pledged to donate equine health care supplies to aid the 170 horses suffering from malnourishment at Center Brook Farm in Climax, N.Y.

  • 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.

  • Wisconsin Governor and NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance
Independent Monitor Tommy Thompson participates in an onsite review at Churchill Downs on April 6.

    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.

  • Pfizer Contributes to NTRA Safety Effort

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced April 6 that the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance has received a contribution of $50,000 from Pfizer Animal Health.

  • Churchill Downs

    Inspection Team to Review Churchill

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Churchill Downs will be the first U.S. racetrack reviewed by an inspection team as part of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance accreditation process. The inspection visit will begin Monday, April 6.

  • NTRA Alliance Applications Available

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced March 19 that an application for racetrack accreditation by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance is now available for downloading at www.NTRAalliance.com. A hard copy of the application may also be obtained by writing the NTRA at 2525 Harrodsburg Road, Suite 400, Lexington, KY, 40504.

  • ESPN Networks to Air Key Derby Preps

    "NTRA Racing to the Kentucky Derby" will air on the ESPN networks beginning Saturday, March 21, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Feb. 27.

  • Conte is Handicapper of the Year

    John Conte, 68, of Oceanside, N.Y., won the $500,000 first-place prize and title of Handicapper of the Year in the 10th annual $1 million Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, which concluded Jan. 24 at Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas..

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    Zenyatta BC Win Voted Moment of the Year

    The victory by Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic -- a win that culminated a perfect seven-for-seven 2008 campaign -- has been voted the 2008 National Thoroughbred Racing Association Moment of the Year.

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    Eclipse Awards Finalists Announced

    The finalists for 2008 Eclipse Awards were released Jan. 8, with the winners to be announced Jan. 26 at a ceremony in Miami, Fla. The finalists are not announced for Horse of the Year until the awards ceremony.

  • NBC Sports Wins Eclipse Award

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and National Turf Writers Association announced Jan. 6 that NBC Sports has won the Media Eclipse Award for National Television - Live Programming for its telecast of the 2008 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Eclipse Reservations Online

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Nov. 18 that reservations to attend the 38th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony are now available online at www.ntra.com.

  • 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.

  • Alex Waldrop, president and chief executive officer of the NTRA.

    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.

  • Tommy Thompson

    NTRA Health and Safety Reforms Outlined

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association officially unveiled a series of equine health and safety reforms Oct. 15 that will be overseen by an independent monitor.