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GOAL FOR NTRA CHARITIES - NEW YORK HEROES FUND INCREASED TO $2 MILLION
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Breeders' Cup Limited and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced today that, based on initial results, the minimum goal for the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund has been doubled from $1 million to $2 million. The Heroes Fund, announced by the organizations last Friday, was established to aid the families of New York firefighters, police officers, emergency services personnel and other victims in the surrounding communities who perished in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.
In the past week, the NTRA has received pledges from Harry Mangurian ($1 million), Coolmore, Michael Tabor, jockey Michael Kinane and trainer Aidan O'Brien (10 percent of potential winnings in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships), Tracy Farmer (five percent of potential winnings by Albert the Great in The Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Breeders' Cup Classic), the Meadowlands/New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority (Meadowlands Cup proceeds), Thoroughbred Charities of America ($50,000), Los Alamitos Racecourse ($20,000) and others.
"Based on these leadership commitments, we know our original goal already has been exceeded," said Breeders' Cup President D.G. Van Clief Jr.
As part of the new goal, the NTRA announced that a live auction at the Breeders' Cup Charity Gala, to be held on Friday, Oct. 26, will be enhanced and replace previously scheduled entertainment. The savings and all other proceeds from the Gala will go to the fund.
As previously announced, the NTRA, Breeders' Cup and the New York Racing Association also will dedicate the World Thoroughbred Championships to the memory of those slain and to their survivors. NTRA and NYRA will contribute a portion of each paid admission from the Breeders' Cup to the Heroes Fund, along with a percentage of other revenue in connection with the event, a day of eight international, championship Thoroughbred races televised by NBC in the United States and by other networks throughout the world.
"Our neighboring communities were particularly hard-hit by this tragedy," said NYRA President Terence J. Meyocks, "and we want to offer as much assistance as possible. The initial response has been tremendous, and we strongly support increasing the original goal."
Added NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith, "All parts of the sport and industry from all parts of the country - and, indeed, the world - are contributing to various relief efforts at impressive and gratifying levels. Counting Keeneland's campaign for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, Sheikh Mohammed's generous $5 million contribution, our own efforts with NYRA, plus many others like the Maryland racetrack, horsemen and breeder coalition to benefit Pentagon attack victims, the sport and business of horseracing likely will contribute at least $8 million in total. And that number is growing."
A summary of programs and initiatives by the horseracing industry to assist in the relief efforts appears at www.breederscup.com/racingresponds.
Formed in 1999, NTRA Charities is a nonprofit, 501 (c) (3) subsidiary of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. For more information on the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund or to make a contribution, contact the NTRA's Lexington office, (800) 792-6872, or visit www.ntra.com. All contributions to the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund are tax deductible.
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