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NTRA NOTES

Contact: Eric Wing (212) 907-9281

FANS AGAIN VOTING ON RACING'S "MOMENT OF THE YEAR" AT NTRA.COM

Voting is underway at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Web site, www.ntra.com, for the fourth annual "NTRA Moment of the Year." Voters can choose from among 10 images, drawn from the year's racing through the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Those selecting the winning image automatically will be entered in a random drawing for a grand prize of $1,000. The winning moment will be announced at the Jan. 27, 2003, Eclipse Award ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The moments were selected to illustrate a wide range of human emotions and achievements as well as outstanding displays of equine athleticism. Listed chronologically, the images and events that fans can choose from are:

  • War Emblem wires the field in the Kentucky Derby.
  • The sports world mourns the passing of the last living Triple Crown winner, Seattle Slew.
  • War Emblem proves the Derby was no fluke by capturing the Preakness Stakes.
  • Sarava registers the biggest upset in Belmont Stakes history.
  • Chris McCarron wins his farewell race aboard Came Home in the Affirmed Handicap.
  • You barely outfinishes Carson Hollow in a stirring renewal of the Test Stakes.
  • Pat Day becomes the leading money-earning jockey of all time, riding With Anticipation to victory in the Sword Dancer Handicap.
  • Azeri dominates her opponents in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
  • Storm Flag Flying reclaims the lead in deep stretch to become a third generation Breeders' Cup winner in the Long John Silver's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
  • Volponi springs the upset in the Breeders' Cup Classic for Hall-of-Fame trainer Phil Johnson.

The first-ever "NTRA Moment of the Year" was the touching scene involving Charismatic and jockey Chris Antley following the 1999 Belmont Stakes. The following year's winner was the stretch run of the 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic, which saw Tiznow hold on for a dramatic victory against Giant's Causeway. Last year, it was Tiznow again as fans selected his stirring repeat victory in the Classic over Sakhee.

"The NTRA Moment of the Year is the fans' counterpart to the Eclipse Awards, which are voted on by the media and racing officials," said Keith Chamblin, NTRA senior vice president-industry relations & marketing. "It provides fans with a means of saluting the people and horses that make our sport so appealing. They've responded enthusiastically to this award during the last three years, and we look forward to seeing which Moment they select as this year's winner."

Fans 18 years and older can register to vote online at www.ntra.com. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday, January 13, 2002. Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. A complete set of rules is available online or by contacting NTRA Communications.

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, www.ntra.com, and at the Web site for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, breederscup.com.

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