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NYRA AND NTRA TO HOST BREEDERS' CUP FAN FEST OCTOBER 22-23 AT NEW YORK'S ROCKEFELLER CENTER
The New York Racing Association (NYRA), the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), and Breeders' Cup Limited announced today that they will host the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Fan Fest, presented by I Love NY, Monday and Tuesday, October 22-23 in the lower concourse of 30 Rockefeller Center, 49th and 50th Streets between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, in the heart of midtown Manhattan. The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Fan Fest is an interactive celebration of Thoroughbred racing and the Breeders' Cup, geared to novices and racing experts, alike. The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will take place at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., on Saturday, October 27.
Fan Fest attractions will include:
"This year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships takes on special meaning for those of us who live and work in the New York metropolitan area," said Terry Meyocks, president and COO of NYRA. "While we continue to recover from the tragic events of September 11, the Fan Fest is one means by which we can provide a diversion for our fans and is yet another example of the resiliency New Yorkers have shown in their determination to move forward with life affirming activities and events."
"This year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Fan Fest will be an enjoyable destination for established fans and newcomers, alike," said Damon Thayer, vice president of marketing for Breeders' Cup. "These festivities, held in a highly-trafficked tourist destination, will be an exciting start to Breeders' Cup Week and heighten interest in Championship Day on October 27."
For more information about participating in Breeders" Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Fan Fest as a presenter, please contact Amy Boccuzzi of the NTRA at 212-907-9282.
The NYRA Inc. is a private, non-profit racing association which owns and operates the three largest racetracks in New York-Aqueduct, Saratoga and Belmont Park, the home of the 2001 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. For more information about NYRA and the 2001 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, you may visit NYRA's Web site, www.nyra.com.
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, www.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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