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WORLD THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIPS RAISE $2.5 MILLION FOR NTRA CHARITIES - NEW YORK HEROES FUND
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Breeders' Cup Limited and the New York Racing Association today announced that the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships held at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., raised approximately $2.5 million for the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund. In total, more than $5 million has been raised from members of the international horseracing community for the Heroes Fund, created to aid the families of the victims of Sept. 11.
Owners, trainers and jockeys in the Championships contributed to the total raised through pledges of purse earnings. The NTRA, Breeders' Cup and NYRA, which hosted the 2001 World Thoroughbred Championships, dedicated the day to the citizens of New York and to families affected by the events of Sept. 11 and contributed a portion of each paid admission and additional Championships revenue, as well as proceeds from several charity auctions, to the Heroes Fund.
"The Heroes Fund enjoyed support from horsemen around the world on a day of international competition in Thoroughbred racing," said Breeders' Cup President D.G. Van Clief, Jr. "The World Thoroughbred Championships took on new meaning as a global event in the aftermath of Sept. 11."
A special charity auction to be held on Nov. 9 at the Fasig-Tipton Thoroughbred auction company in Lexington, Ky., will benefit the Heroes Fund and features breeding seasons to Point Given, Unbridled's Song, Artax and Free House, as well as equine art and ticket and hospitality packages to the 2002 Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown and Final Four.
In addition to racehorse owners, trainers and jockeys, racing organizations, racetracks and individual contributors 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 $13 million. A complete list of contributors appears at www.racingresponds.com. NTRA Charities is a nonprofit, 501 (c) (3) subsidiary of the NTRA. All contributions to NTRA Charities are tax deductible.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited conduct the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships 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, www.ntra.com, and at the Web site for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, breederscup.com. Contact the NTRA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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