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NTRA UNVEILS TELEVISION SCHEDULE FOR SPRING 2002
Today at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program's 28th annual Symposium on Racing, held in Tucson, Ariz., the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) unveiled its spring 2002 schedule for televised Thoroughbred racing and outlined the full complement of programming that is planned for next year.
The complete schedule, to be released in 2002, will reflect three more hours of live coverage on ESPN and a broader overall presentation of stakes races to include major events from each of the eight racing divisions that lead into the fall Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, televised on NBC. A select group of foreign races will also be incorporated into the summer/fall programming for the "Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships" to showcase European horses being pointed to the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup at Arlington Park in Chicago.
In addition to the telecasts on the ESPN family of networks, NTRA-produced programming will air in 2002 on CBS and CNBC.
"The spring schedule is one of the strongest and brings in races from virtually every track with significant Triple Crown preps," Chip Campbell, senior vice president - media and sponsorships. "Over the course of 2002, we'll present the best, most comprehensive schedule of programming that Thoroughbred racing has ever had."
The spring 2002 programming preceding the May 4 Kentucky Derby on NBC, appears below. (Schedule subject to change.)
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 also conduct the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championship consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, and the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program, which are funded by the industry's owners and breeders. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear 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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