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MATCH SERIES news release

Contact: Alan M. Foreman 410-740-4900

THE MATCH SERIES TO AWARD JOCKEY BONUS

The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship Series - THE MATCH SERIES - and The Jockeys Guild are pleased to announce that a $10,000 bonus will be awarded to the outstanding jockey in the 2001 MATCH SERIES. Jockeys will be awarded points based on their horse's finish in each race.

Points will be awarded as follows: 1st - 10pts. 2nd - 8pts. 3rd - 6pts. 4th - 4pts. 5th - 2pts. 6 - 1pt.

Jockeys will accumulate points for every mount they ride in the Series.

The leading point earning jockey at the end of the Series will win the $10,000 bonus and the MATCH Jockey Championship. Harry Vega currently leads the Jockey's Division with 24 points.

"We are delighted to be able to recognize the contribution of the jockeys to the success of THE MATCH SERIES," said MATCH creator Alan Foreman. "This will be a spirited competition that will no doubt spark further interest in the Series."

"The riders enjoy their participation in The MATCH SERIES and appreciate that their efforts will be recognized. They enthusiastically support The MATCH SERIES and look forward to contributing to its continuing success," said Jockeys Guild Regional Manager Larry Saumell.

The widely acclaimed MATCH SERIES, in its fifth season, is thoroughbred racing's only regional championship competition. The Series consists of 30 races in 5 divisions. Points are earned by each horse based upon order of finish. Series horses are competing for over $3 million in purses and their owners and trainers are competing for $510,000 in bonuses.

The winning owner earns a $100,000 bonus and the winning trainer earns $50,000. Divisional winners also earn bonuses. This year's Series is being contested at Pimlico, Laurel Park, Delaware Park, Monmouth Park, Meadowlands and Colonial Downs. The Series began on April 28 and concludes on September 29.

All information concerning the Series, including the new Jockeys Division standings, is available on racing's best website - www.matchseries.com.

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