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NTRA Spring Pick Three wager offered in conjunction with April 9 telecast


April 8, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

NTRA--The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has announced that a national pick three wager—the NTRA Spring Pick 3—will be offered on three of the nationally televised races airing live on April 9 (NBC, 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET). The three races that comprise the NTRA Spring Pick 3 are Aqueduct’s Carter Handicap (4:13 p.m., ET), the Wood Memorial Stakes also from Aqueduct (4:45 p.m., ET), and the Illinois Derby from Hawthorne Race Course (5:17 p.m., ET). Also part of the NBC telecast, but not part of the NTRA Spring Pick 3, is the Santa Anita Derby from Santa Anita Park.

Minimum wager for the NTRA Spring Pick 3 will be $1.00. Aqueduct will hub the wager as a separate card event. Fans should ask for the NTRA Spring Pick 3. Takeout is 25%.

“This represents another effort by the NTRA and our member tracks to link our television inventory with a wagering product,” said Ken Kirchner, senior vice president of product development for the NTRA. “Fans have responded very favorably to previous NTRA multi-race offerings that were tied to our telecasts, and we think this latest version will similarly help to drive viewers to the program on April 9.”

Another national wager encompassing races shown live on nationwide television will take place on April 16 when Keeneland and Oaklawn Park combine to offer the Premier Pick 4 on the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, the Commonwealth Breeders’ Cup, the Arkansas Derby and the Instant Racing Breeders’ Cup (ESPN, 4:30-6:30 p.m. ET).

The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horse racing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horse racing 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, ntra.com.