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October 4, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

NTRA Sept. 22 - The 21st Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas is officially sold out. All 51,034 reserved seats at the Dallas-Fort Worth area racetrack havebeen allocated, marking an advance sales record for horseracing’s foremost international event.

“Texans have embraced the Breeders’ Cup, and horseracing fans around the world are eager to visit the Lone Star State,” Breeders’ Cup Limited President D.G. Van Clief Jr. said. “In addition to the earliest sellout, we were able to offer the most reserved seats in the history of the World Thoroughbred Championships.”

Breeders’ Cup Limitedand the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) are bringing the Breeders’ Cup – a traveling year-end championship featuring eight races cumulatively worth $14 million – to the Southwest region for the first time. Lone Star Park, which opened seven years ago in 1997, is the youngest of nine racetracks in North America to host the multi-million dollar extravaganza.

“We always knew that a seat to the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships would be a hot ticket in a great sports and entertainment market like the Dallas-Fort Worth area,” said Corey Johnsen, President of Lone Star Park. “The general public responded enthusiastically and we can’t wait to showcase Lone Star Park to an international audience next month.”

To accommodate the large audience, Lone Star Park, which has about 12,000 permanent indoor and outdoor seats, is erecting approximately 39,000 temporary seats with accompanying service structures that include mutuel windows, concessions, merchandise sales and restrooms. The seating will stretch from around the far turn, through the homestretch and into the first turn.

All seating on Breeders’ Cup Day at Lone Star Park is reserved; there are no general admission tickets. In addition, parking permits for adjacent and remote parking are being sold in advance; there will no parking without a permit on Breeders’ Cup Day. “By implementing these policies, it will enable us to deliver a high level of customer service and hospitality to the 51,034 in attendance,” Johnsen added.

Parking and admission gates will open early at 7 a.m. CT on Breeders’ Cup Day, and the first of 12 live races will be 11:40 a.m. CT. The first of eight consecutive Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races will follow at 12:20 p.m. CT. Three stakes races will follow the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge, with the final race of the day scheduled for 6:15 p.m. CT.

Texans without Breeders’ Cup tickets will still be able to wager on the World Thoroughbred Championships. Lone Star Park, the only wagering site in North Texas, will offer advance wagering Thursday, Oct. 28 and Friday, Oct. 29.

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 $14 million in purses and awards and the Breeders’ Cup Stakes Program. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site,, and at the Web site for the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships,