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NTRA AND NYRA AGREE TO CANCEL NBC NETWORKS HORSERACING PROGRAMMING THIS WEEKEND
ESPN to Air Special Racing Recap Show on Sunday, Sept. 16
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) today announced that in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., they have agreed to cancel upcoming weekend horseracing programming on NBC and CNBC.
NBC was to have aired a two-hour telecast from NYRA's Belmont Park featuring the Jerome Handicap, Belmont Breeders' Cup and Ruffian Handicap at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, and CNBC was to have shown a Sunday telecast from Belmont featuring The Futurity, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (ET).
NYRA, however, will conduct its regularly scheduled races this weekend at Belmont Park, in Elmont, N.Y., after a three-day moratorium that continues through tomorrow.
"Given the fluidity of national TV programming right now, with virtually round-the-clock coverage of the post-attack rescue efforts, and the logistical difficulties of producing on-site programming because of nationwide travel disruptions, the prudent course was to cancel both shows," said NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith.
"We fully support the NTRA's decision to cancel the NBC network shows," said NYRA President Terence J. Meyocks. "While NYRA is re-opening this weekend to regain some normalcy in its racing programs, the media situation in New York understandably remains in a state of flux."
An ESPN horseracing show, originally scheduled as a live telecast of The Matron from Belmont from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Sept. 16, instead will air from the studios of NTRA Productions in Tulsa, Okla. The show also will include live coverage of The Futurity as well as highlights of Saturday's stakes races from Belmont.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing awareness of Thoroughbred racing 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, and the Breeders' Cup National Stakes Program, both of which are funded by the industry's owners and breeders. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. A compendium of NTRA press releases appears on the NTRA Web site, ntra.com, and at the Web site for the Breeders' Cup Championship, breederscup.com. Contact the NTRA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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