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June 14, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

Eric Wing (212) 230-9511
Jeff Shapes (203) 249-9202

The 2004 NTRA National Pick 4 wager, offered in conjunction with the “NTRA Super Saturday” series airing on ABC and ESPN through October, got off to a strong start last Saturday, with a total handle of $616,849 and a payoff of $17,124.50 for each $1 winning ticket.

“We were very pleased with fan support of the NTRA’s first National Pick 4 of the Super Saturday series,” said Ken Kirchner, the NTRA’s senior vice president of product development. “Fans got a tremendous payout considering the field sizes for the races, and this result strengthens our resolve to generate more NTRA products linking television and national wagers.”

Saturday’s NTRA National Pick 4, hubbed by the New York Racing Association, had a $400,000 handle guarantee and challenged bettors to pick the winners of four of the races shown last Saturday on ESPN – theStephen Foster Handicap from Churchill Downs in Louisville, the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap from Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., the Brooklyn Handicap from New York’s Belmont Park, and the Fleur de Lis Handicap from Churchill Downs.

Contributing to the hefty payout was the upset win of Colonial Colony in the Stephen Foster. Sent off at odds of 62-1, Colonial Colony paid $127.20 for a $2 win bet. Also helping out was Whittingham winner Sabiango (GER), a 13-1 shot who paid $28.80 to win. Seattle Fitz won the Brooklyn and paid $8 to win, while Adoration took the Fleur de Lis and returned $7 to win.

The next NTRA National Pick 4 will be held Saturday, July 3 (ESPN, 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET). Participating races will be the United Nations from New Jersey’s Monmouth Park, the Suburban Handicap from Belmont, the Firecracker Breeders’ Cup Handicap from Churchill Downs and the American Oaks from Hollywood Park.  

 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 conduct 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,