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EarthLink official Breeders' Cup Sponsor; offers Online Challenge with Top Prize of $1 Million

October 13, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

NTRA, Oct. 11 - The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Breeders' Cup Limited have selected EarthLink (Nasdaq: ELNK) to be an Official Sponsor of the Breeders' Cup World Championships and the event's exclusive Internet Service Provider partner.

EarthLink will also serve as title sponsor for the $1,000,000 EarthLink Breeders' Cup Pick 8 Online Challenge. The Challenge, free to enter, offers fans the opportunity to win $1 million by correctly selecting the winners of all eight Breeders' Cup races.

"The Breeders' Cup World Championships is among the most prestigious sporting events in the world," said Atique Shah, EarthLink's vice president of Direct Marketing and Consumer Insights. "We are excited to become a part of this tradition of Thoroughbred racing excellence."

"We are proud to welcome EarthLink to the growing ranks of major corporations who support the Breeders' Cup World Championships and Thoroughbred racing," said Greg Avioli, interim chief executive officer of the NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited. "We would also like to thank them for presenting the $1,000,000 Earthlink Breeders' Cup Pick 8 Online Challenge which will engage potential new fans, enrich the Breeders' Cup experience of existing fans, and further build our database of horse racing's customers."

As part of the agreement, the Atlanta-based company will receive on-site benefits including starting gate signage for the November 4 Breeders' Cup World Championships (ESPN, 12:00-7:00 p.m. ET) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, along with additional media benefits during the "Emirates Airline Countdown to the Breeders' Cup" telecast airing on October 14 (ESPN, 4:00-6:00 p.m., ET).

Fans may register for the Pick 8 Online Challenge at between now and 11:00 a.m. (ET) on Breeders' Cup Day, November 4. Once entries are drawn on November 1 for the eight Breeders' Cup races, registrants can submit their Breeders' Cup World Championships picks.

Additional prizes will be awarded to fans who do not select all eight winners, and a special "last minute" trip for two to this year's Breeders' Cup will also be awarded at random to a contestant who registers for the Challenge by October 31. For additional details and complete rules, visit

"EarthLink. We revolve around you(tm)." As the nation's next generation Internet service provider, Atlanta-based EarthLink has earned an award-winning reputation for outstanding customer service and its suite of online products and services. Serving over five million subscribers, EarthLink offers what every user should expect from their Internet experience: high-quality connectivity, minimal online intrusions and customizable features. Whether it's dial-up, high-speed, voice, web hosting, wireless or "EarthLink Extras" like home networking or security, EarthLink connects people to the power and possibilities of the Internet. Learn more about EarthLink by calling (800) EARTHLINK or visiting EarthLink's Web site at

The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horse racing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing awareness of Thoroughbred racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA also conducts the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, racing's year-end Championship consisting of eight races and $20 million in purses and awards, and the Breeders' Cup National Stakes Program. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site,