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Contact: Eric Wing, NTRA (917) 930-9772
JonathanKlein, CNBC (201) 346-6731
Robert Elliott, Bessemer Trust (212) 708-9141 or
Allan Jordan, Golin/Harris International (212) 697-9191


Saturday's runnings of the $250,000 Norfolk Stakes from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity from Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill., represent the third and fourth legs in the Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge, a series of races for two-year-old colts and geldings from top tracks across the country to be televised on CNBC. The Challenge carries potential bonus money of $1.3 million and leads up to the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile, part of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to be run at Belmont Park on October 27 and to be televised live by NBC. Bessemer Trust, a unique wealth management and investment advisory firm, is the title sponsor of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Division, which encompasses the Two-Year Old Challenge series of races on the "Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships," the NTRA's new branding of major races leading up to the Breeders' Cup.

The Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge will award $250,000 to the owner of any horse who wins one of the series' six designated races plus the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile. If the horse has been sold at public auction, the consignor is eligible to receive a $50,000 bonus. If that same horse goes on to win the Kentucky Derby the following year, the owner will earn an additional $1 million bonus.

The complete series schedule is as follows:

Date Air Time (ET) Race Racetrack Winner

9/1 Hopeful Stakes Saratoga Came Home

9/5 Del Mar Futurity Del Mar Officer

9/29 8:00-9:00 p.m. Norfolk Stakes Santa Anita (Oak Tree)
Arlington-Washington Futurity Arlington Park

10/6 4:00-5:00 p.m. Lane's End Breeders' Futurity Keeneland
Champagne Stakes Belmont Park

"The Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge will showcase the nation's finest two-year-olds from some of the sport's top racetracks," said D.G. Van Clief Jr., vice chairman of the NTRA and president of Breeders' Cup. "It will now be easier than ever for fans to follow racing's newest stars on the Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships."

"Bessemer Trust is proud to be a sponsor of this exciting new series on CNBC," said Frank E. Helsom, president and chief executive officer of Bessemer Trust. "Just as in horse racing, wealth management focuses on the elements of strength, legacy, performance and experience. We believe that the level of competition and pageantry of the sport, combined with outstanding television coverage, will help to increase awareness of Bessemer Trust services."

The Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge will be hosted by Bob Neumeier, with Charlsie Cantey and Mike Battaglia providing commentary and analysis. Presenting sponsor for the series, which will be produced by NTRA Productions, is, an Internet-based resource designed to promote and enhance Thoroughbred ownership.

CNBC is the recognized global leader in business news, providing real-time financial market coverage and business information to more than 198 million homes worldwide, including more than 82 million households in the United States and Canada. The network's Business Day programming (weekdays from 5:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. ET) is produced at CNBC's headquarters in Fort Lee, N.J., and also includes reports from CNBC news bureaus worldwide. CNBC's weekend line-up offers a wide-range of programming targeted at its business viewers' leisure activities. CNBC is also the exclusive cable carrier of the Senior PGA Tour. Members of the media can receive more information about CNBC and its programming on the NBC Media Village Web site at

Bessemer Trust Company is a unique wealth management and investment advisory firm that has provided wealth management solutions to high-net-worth individuals and select institutions for more than 90 years. The firm supervises assets in excess of $40 billion, and provides a wide range of services including asset management, tax and estate planning, fiduciary counseling, family business planning and targeted philanthropy. Headquartered in New York City, Bessemer also services clients from offices in Palm Beach, Miami and Naples, Fla.; San Francisco, Menlo Park and Los Angeles, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Ill.; Atlanta, Ga.; Dallas, Tex.; Woodbridge, N.J.; London, England; and the Cayman Islands. For more information on Bessemer Trust Company, please visit

The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of Thoroughbred racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited also conduct the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, racing's year-end Championship consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, and the Breeders' Cup National Stakes Program, 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,, and at the Web site for the Breeders' Cup Championship, Contact the NTRA at



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