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DELAWARE PARK REJOINS NTRA
Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (THA) Also Votes to Continue its NTRA Membership
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that Delaware Park in Stanton, Del., has rejoined the NTRA, after a one-year membership hiatus. The Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, which has been an NTRA member since 1998, also renewed its membership in the NTRA.
Delaware Park is one of the country's most successful dual racetracks, combining horseracing and video lottery terminals (VLTs). The track's VLT facility opened in December 1995 and since then, purses at the historic facility have more than tripled, including that of Delaware Park's marquee race for fillies and mares, the Delaware Handicap, valued at $600,000 in 2002. The Delaware Handicap will be televised on July 21 on ESPN2 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (ET) as part of the NTRA's "Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships" Distaff Division programming.
"We are delighted to have Delaware Park rejoin the NTRA, strengthening the bond with our tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region," said NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith. "Delaware Park also brings to the NTRA a successful business model for blending alternative gaming with horseracing, one which we believe will be beneficial to share with our member tracks. We also thank the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and THA Chairman Alan Foreman for their continued support of the NTRA."
"Delaware Park looks forward to blending the NTRA marketing ideas with our continued seasonal events to focus and target new customers," said Bill Fasy, Chief Operating Officer of Delaware Park.
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 Championships consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, NTRA.com.
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