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BREEDERS' CUP STAKES PROGRAM TO FEATURE 95 RACES, $6.1 MILLION IN PURSES
Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that the Breeders' Cup National Stakes program has been re-branded as the Breeders' Cup Stakes program for 2002.
The Breeders' Cup Stakes program, now in its sixth year, is a series of 95 races, which are cooperatively funded by Breeders' Cup Ltd. and 44 participating racetracks. This year, Breeders' Cup has allocated $6.1 million in purses and awards to the program. Combined with track allocations, total purses for the 2002 series will exceed $17 million.
“The Breeders' Cup Stakes program will continue to provide multiple opportunities for horsemen across the U.S. and Canada to earn Breeders' Cup Funds throughout the year,” said D.G. Van Clief, Jr., president of Breeders' Cup Limited and vice chairman of the NTRA. “We will be displaying the original Breeders' Cup logo in signage and advertising at Stakes program races to create awareness and continue to emphasize the importance of Breeders' Cup nominations at all levels. At the same time, we are re-branding the program to distinguish it from our Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships series, which will focus on televised graded races and individually sponsored divisions during the second half of the year.”
The Breeders' Cup Stakes program logo features the traditional Breeders' Cup mark set above a row of stars with the word Stakes featured across a shielded background. As a part of the branding campaign, participating racetracks will receive message board, track announcer and race day program advertising in support of each Breeders' Cup Stakes program race.
Since 1984, Breeders' Cup Ltd. has paid out more than $300 million in purses and awards through the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and its year-round racing programs.
In Breeders' Cup Stakes program races, Breeders' Cup nominated horses run for the total purse. Non-nominated horses compete only for the purse money provided by the host racing association.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited also conduct the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, NTRA.com.
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