NTRA THOROUGHBRED NOTEBOOK
|News and notes from around the Thoroughbred racing world, compiled
by NTRA Communications, (212) 907-9280.
FANS TO AGAIN VOTE ON RACING'S "MOMENT OF THE YEAR"
Sports fans can log onto the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Web site, www.ntra.com, and vote for the second annual "NTRA Moment of the Year" starting tomorrow. Voters can choose from among 10 images, drawn from the year's racing through the Breeders' Cup. Those selecting the winning image automatically will be entered in a random drawing for a trip for two to the Eclipse Awards ceremony, Monday, Jan. 29, 2000 in New Orleans, where the "NTRA Moment of the Year" will be announced. The moments were selected to illustrate a wide range of human emotions as well as outstanding displays of equine athleticism. The images and events that fans can choose from are:
To make voting easy for fans and novices alike, the moments will include a photo, short description and, where possible, video streaming of the event.
"The fans really responded well to this promotion last year when they awarded Chris Antley and Charismatic the NTRA Moment of the Year for their touching scene following their Belmont Stakes disappointment," said Keith Chamblin, NTRA vice president-industry relations & marketing. "And that's what the NTRA Moment of the Year is all about. It's the fans' counterpart to the Eclipse Awards, which are voted on by the media. The NTRA Moment of the Year provides fans with a unique way to salute the people and horses that make our sport so appealing."
FIVE NEW RACES MAKE THE GRADE FOR 2001
The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced today that five American races have been upgraded to prestigious Grade I status for 2001 based on the outstanding fields these races have attracted in recent years. The five races moved up from Grade II to Grade I are the Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap and San Carlos Handicap, both run at Santa Anita Park; the Jim Dandy Stakes and Forego Handicap, both staged at Saratoga Racecourse; and the Prioress Stakes which is contested at Belmont Park. None of the existing Grade I races in 2000 were downgraded to Grade II for 2001.
NICK ZITO TO APPEAR ON "ESPN'S 2-MINUTE DRILL"
Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Nick Zito will appear Monday, December 4, as a celebrity panelist on the popular new game show "ESPN's 2-Minute Drill". The program, to air nationally on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. (ET), is hosted by Kenny Mayne.
"ESPN's 2-Minute Drill" tests its contestants' sports knowledge with a series of rapid-fire questions. In round one, Zito asks three contestants questions pertaining to Thoroughbred racing. In round two, Zito joins Mayne and fellow guests Stuart Scott, Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg in asking a variety of general sports trivia questions.
With his appearance, Zito joins Dale Earnhardt, Marcus Camby, Franco Harris, Johnny Bench and Regis Philbin among celebrities to be featured on the show.
"I really enjoyed myself on the show. The people I was on with were a great bunch of guys. It was a great experience and I liked the studio audience too," said Zito, who donated his honorarium for appearing on the show to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
"It was great having Nick on the show," said Mayne. "The fact he kept running out to an OTB down the street to check on his horses didn't really set the show back too much. And the barn manure he dragged onto the set cleaned up without a great amount of effort."
PRIVMAN TO SIGN BREEDERS' CUP BOOK IN TEXAS ON SATURDAY
Author Jay Privman will appear at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Tex., this Saturday, Dec. 2, to sign copies of his new book, "Breeders' Cup: Thoroughbred Racing's Championship Day." Privman will be signing books at the Dallas/Ft. Worth area track from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (CT), and again from 6:00-7:00 p.m. The oversized book features 208 pages of text and more than 300 full-color photographs that trace the history of the Breeders' Cup.
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