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Breeders' Cup weekly International Poll for World Championships Contenders begins July 10

July 12, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!, July 6 - Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that the 2006 Breeders' Cup World Championships Poll, a weekly vote listing the top 10 contenders in all eight Breeders' Cup World Championships races, will begin on Monday, July 10.

The panel of the Breeders' Cup World Championships Poll will be comprised of 14 prominent international racing journalists and handicappers. The panel, which will vote weekly through October 16, will rank active and in-training horses, regardless of geographic location.

World Thoroughbred Championships Poll panelists will vote on the Top 10 contenders in the following divisions corresponding to the eight Breeders' Cup World Championships races: Emirates Airline Distaff; NetJets Mile; TVG Sprint; Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf; John Deere Turf and Dodge Classic. Polling for the Juvenile Fillies and Bessemer Trust Juvenile Divisions will begin in September.

“The World Championships Poll helps familiarize fans with the top horses from around the globe and sparks a weekly debate as to who are the best horses in each division leading to the Breeders' Cup on November 4,” said Ken Kirchner, NTRA Senior Vice President of Product Development. “Our international panel of oddsmakers, journalists and handicappers provides a real-time consensus of the top contenders as we move towards the Championships.”

The panelists for the Breeders' Cup World Championships Poll are: John Avello, Director of Race and Sports Book Operations, Wynn Las Vegas; Simon Clare, Coral Racing (U.K); David Gutfreund, Racing World TV Analyst; Fred Faour, Sports Editor, Houston Chronicle; Brad Free, Writer and Columnist, Daily Racing Form; Dick Jerardi, Writer and Columnist, Philadelphia Daily News; David Hood, William Hill Sports Book (U.K); Tom Law; Managing Editor, Thoroughbred Times; Dan Liebman, Executive Editor, The Blood-Horse; Randy Moss, Racing Analyst, ESPN ; Ellis Starr, National Handicapper, Equibase; Tom Quigley, Publisher, Horseplayer Magazine; Fanny Hubart-Salmon, Commentator, Equidia (France) and Mike Watchmaker, National Handicapper, Daily Racing Form.

This is the second year of the Breeders' Cup World Championships Poll, which was called the World Thoroughbred Poll in 2005. The 23rd Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held on Saturday, November 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

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 $20 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,