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"NTRA Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships"

Updated: 9/29/03

With the 20th Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships coming to the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita in about three weeks, NBC Sports will pay a visit to the Arcadia, Calif., track this Saturday to present a live, 90-minute presentation of the "NTRA Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships." The show, airing from 4:30-6:00 p.m. ET, also will offer coverage from New York's Belmont Park, and Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky. On tap is live coverage of five key Breeders' Cup preps, as well as an examination of the top European-based Breeders' Cup contenders. NBC's coverage of the World Thoroughbred Championships airs on October 25 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. ET.

Sightseek will be looking for her fourth straight Grade 1 win in the Beldame at Belmont Park.
Hosting the telecast from Oak Tree will be Tom Hammond, joined by Charlsie Cantey, Mike Battaglia and Donna Barton Brothers. Bob Neumeier will report from Belmont, and Kenny Rice will do the same from Keeneland. The telecast will debut several new virtual enhancement graphics, including the Virtual Finish Line, the Virtual Starting Gate and Virtual Distance Markers, all designed to help viewers identify and follow horses from start to finish. For Saturday's telecast, these new graphics, developed by Sportvision, creators of football's virtual First-and-10 line, will be used for the Oak Tree races.

The featured races on the show are the Grade I, $750,000 Beldame and the Grade II, $350,000 Kelso Breeders'Cup Handicap from Belmont; the Grade I, $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile from Keeneland; and the Grade II, $500,000 Goodwood Breeders'Cup Handicap, and the Grade II, $150,000 Oak Tree Derby, from Oak Tree at Santa Anita. The Beldame is part of the Nextel Distaff Division, the Goodwood is part of the Dodge Classic Division and the other three races are part of the NetJets Mile Division.

These five races, along with the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity, to be shown earlier in the day on CNBC's coverage of the Bessemer Trust Juvenile Challenge, make up the NTRA National Pick 6, a national wager in which fans will have an opportunity to pick the winner of all six races. Keeneland will serve as wagering hub for the NTRA National Pick 6.

Looking for a fourth straight Grade I win in the 1 1/8-miles Beldame is the Bobby Frankel-trained Sightseek. She'll take on a strong field that includes Kentucky Oaks winner Bird Town, Gazelle winner Buy the Sport and Passing Shot.

Touch of the Blues winner of the Atto Mile at Woodbine will be favored in the Shadwell Turf Mile.
The Kelso Breeders' Cup handicap figures to showcase the talents of Decarchy, Joe's Son Joey, North East Bound, Pay the Preacher, Political Attack, Tap the Admiral, Rouvres and Millennium Dragon.

Topping the field in the Shadwell Turf Mile is Touch of the Blues (FR), Della Francesca, Honor in War and Trademark (SAF).

Toccet, out most of the 2003 season because of injuries, will try to get back to his winning 2002 form in the Goodwood, a 1 1/8-miles race. Toccet, runner-up in last year's voting for top juvenile, will face a field headed by 2002 race winner Pleasently Perfect, Fleetstreet Dancer, Grey Memo, Joey Franco, Taste of Paradise, Reba's Gold and Star Crossed.

The Oak Tree Derby, a one-mile turf race for three-year-olds, will 2003 Kentucky Derby starter Domestic Dispute, Devious Boy, Sweet Return and Signit.

NTRA Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships
NBC Telecast Schedule
Date Time (EDT) Race Division Location
10/4/03 4:30 - 6:00 pm Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (live) Classic Oak Tree
Arcadia, CA
  Oak Tree Derby (live) Mile Oak Tree
Arcadia, CA
Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap (live) Mile Belmont Park
Elmont, NY
Beldame (live) Distaff Belmont Park
Elmont, NY
Shadwell Breeders' Cup Turf Mile (live) Mile Keeneland
International Road to the WTC featuring:
Feature on leading European Breeders' Cup contenders Various Various

From an NTRA press release

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