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NATIONAL PICK THREE WAGER TO BE OFFERED IN CONJUNCTION WITH APRIL 5 TELECAST
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced a national pick three wager -- the NTRA Spring Pick 3 -- that will be offered on the three nationally televised Kentucky Derby prep races on April 5 (ESPN, 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET). The three featured races on the telecast are Gulfstream Park’s Aventura Stakes (5:11 p.m., ET), the Illinois Derby from Hawthorne Racecourse (5:25 p.m., ET) and the Santa Anita Derby (5:45 p.m., ET).
Minimum wager for the NTRA Spring Pick 3 will be $1.00. Gulfstream Park will serve as the wagering hub for the NTRA Spring Pick 3. Fans should ask for Gulfstream Race 11. Takeout is 20%. Free Equibase past performances for the three races will be available at www.ntra.com after entries are drawn. Last year’s Illinois Derby winner was War Emblem, who went on to capture the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes en route to year-end honors as Champion 3-year-old.
“This represents another effort by the NTRA and our member tracks to link our television inventory with a wagering product," said Ken Kirchner, senior vice president of product development for the NTRA. "Fans have responded favorably to the previous NTRA Pick 3 offerings that were tied to our telecasts, and we think this latest version will similarly help to drive viewers to the program on April 5."
Another national Pick 3 wager encompassing races shown live on nationwide television will take place on April 12 when Aqueduct, Keeneland and Oaklawn Park combine to offer the Big 3 Pick 3 on the Wood Memorial (ESPN, 3:30-4:30 p.m., ET), the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (NBC, 4:30-6:00 p.m. ET) and the Arkansas Derby (NBC, 4:30-6:00 p.m. ET), respectively.
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 administer 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.
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