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CNBC TO TELEVISE NTRA TWO-YEAR-OLD CHALLENGE
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has reached an agreement in principle with CNBC to televise a new series of races beginning this summer, the NTRA and CNBC announced today. Carrying a potential bonus of $1.3 million, the NTRA Two-Year-Old Challenge is a series of races for two-year-old colts and geldings from top tracks across the country leading up to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, part of the Breeders' Cup Championship to be run at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The Breeders' Cup Championship will air October 27 on NBC.
"We're very excited to be able to showcase these two-year-old male division races from some of our sport's finest venues on CNBC," said D.G. Van Clief Jr., vice chairman of the NTRA and president of Breeders' Cup. "The CNBC audience is a particularly strong demographic group for this division of Thoroughbred racing, since two-year-old racing shines the spotlight not just on today's accomplishments, but on tomorrow's promise and upside as well."
"CNBC is looking forward to adding the NTRA Two-Year-Old Challenge to our weekend programming schedule," said Lauren Donovan, senior vice president of CNBC. "Our affluent, influential audience enjoys a wide range of social and sporting events and activities and we look forward to offering our viewers the best in Thoroughbred racing."
The NTRA Two-Year-Old Challenge will award $250,000 to the owner of an eligible horse who wins any of the series' six designated races plus the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. If the horse has been sold at public auction, the consignor will receive a $50,000 bonus. If that horse goes on to win the Kentucky Derby the following year, the owner will earn an additional $1 million bonus.
The complete series schedule is as follows:
Date Race Racetrack Site
9/1 Hopeful Stakes Saratoga Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
9/16 Futurity Stakes Belmont Park Elmont, N.Y.
9/29 Norfolk Stakes Santa Anita (Oak Tree)
10/6 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity Keeneland
The series will be produced by NTRA Productions and sponsored in part by TheGreatestGame.com, an Internet-based resource designed to promote and enhance Thoroughbred ownership.
CNBC is the recognized global leader in business news, providing real-time financial market coverage and business information to more than 164 million homes worldwide, including more than 79 million households in the United States and Canada. The network's Business Day programming (weekdays from 5:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.) is produced at CNBC's headquarters in Fort Lee, N.J. and also includes reports from CNBC news bureaus around the world. CNBC is also the exclusive cable carrier of the SENIOR PGA TOUR.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing awareness of Thoroughbred racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA also conducts the Breeders' Cup, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championship consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, and the Breeders' Cup National Stakes Program, 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, ntra.com, and at the Web site for the Breeders' Cup Championship, breederscup.com. Contact the NTRA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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