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FAR HILLS RACE MEETING TO CONTRIBUTE TO NTRA CHARITIES - NEW YORK HEROES FUND
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that the Far Hills Race Meeting Association has pledged a portion of its receipts from its annual day of racing this Saturday, Oct. 20, to the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund, established to aid the families of rescue workers and other victims who perished in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
For the second consecutive year, this year's Far Hills Race Meeting will be highlighted by the $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase, which is expected to draw a field of nine, including last year's winner, 2000 Eclipse Award Champion All Gong (GB). A crowd of some 45,000 is once again expected at Moorland Farms in Far Hills, N.J. for the event, which will be televised via one-day delay on ESPN2 from 2:30-3:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Oct. 21.
"Our races traditionally benefit the nearby Somerset Medical Center, but this year we also want to support the families of those impacted by the terrible events of September 11," said Guy Torsilieri, co-chairman of the Far Hills Race Meeting Association. "The tragedy took a harsh toll on the residents of New Jersey, and the victims will be in our thoughts on Saturday."
"We are extremely gratified by this pledge from the Far Hills Race Meeting Association," said D.G. Van Clief, Jr., president of Breeders' Cup Limited. "This is yet another example of the tremendous outpouring of assistance that the Thoroughbred industry has shown for programs to aid the victims and their families."
The Far Hills Race Meeting Association joins a growing list of racing organizations, racetracks and individual contributors that have donated to the Heroes Fund or to other types of relief agencies and programs. To date, contributions from the national and international Thoroughbred racing community to the Heroes Fund and other Sept. 11-related charities total nearly $10 million. A complete list of contributors appears at www.breederscup.com/racingresponds.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Breeders' Cup Limited and the New York Racing Association (NYRA), which jointly conduct the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park, have dedicated the event to the memory and families of the New York rescue workers and other victims who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 attacks. The NTRA and NYRA also will contribute a portion of each paid admission and a percentage of all revenue from the World Thoroughbred Championships to the Heroes Fund. For more information or to make a contribution, contact the NTRA's Lexington office, (800) 792-6872, or visit www.ntra.com.
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