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Contact: Eric Wing, NTRA (212) 907-9283

MEMORABLE BELMONT STAKES TO BE FEATURED ON "THOROUGHBRED CLASSICS PRESENTED BY THE NTRA"

Some of the most stirring near-misses in Triple Crown history will be chronicled on ESPN Classic this week on "Thoroughbred Classics Presented by the NTRA." Co-hosted by Jim McKay and Jack Whitaker, the program will air initially on Wednesday, June 6, from 6:30-7:00 p.m. (ET), with repeat showings Thursday, June 7, from 7:00-7:30 a.m. (ET) and Friday, June 8 from 9:30-10:00 a.m. (ET) and again from 5:30-6:00 p.m. (ET)

Produced by NTRA Productions, this week's show will focus on the Triple Crown quests of Canonero II, Spectacular Bid, Pleasant Colony, Alysheba, Sunday Silence, Silver Charm, Real Quiet and Charismatic, all of whom won the first two jewels of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, before coming up short in the Belmont Stakes.

"This program offers an in-depth look at some of the most dramatic Belmont Stakes moments ever," said Ben Cambra, vice president of NTRA Productions. "Though the Derby and Preakness winners featured in the show all tasted defeat in the Belmont, each horse carried with him a unique and compelling story that will forever be part of Triple Crown history."

In addition to the "Thoroughbred Classics Presented by the NTRA" shows, other Belmont Stakes week programming includes the Acorn Stakes from Belmont Park, Friday, June 8, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2; the Belmont Stakes Special, featuring several stakes races on the Belmont Stakes Day undercard, Saturday, June 9, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN; and a Triple Crown Highlights program Saturday, June 9, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2. NBC will televise the running of the 133rd Belmont Stakes live from Belmont Park on Saturday, June 9, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. (ET)

ESPN Classic is a 24-hour, all sports network devoted to telecasting the greatest games, stories, heroes and memories in the history of sports. ESPN Classic presents programming for the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, NASCAR, boxing-including the ESPN Big Fights library-tennis, golf, the Olympics, college football, college basketball and others. ESPN Classic is a wholly owned subsidiary of ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Sports.

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 ntra@ntra.com.

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