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Press Release


April 21, 2008


Contacts: Keith Chamblin, NTRA (859) 422-2645 Rhonda Norby, Equibase (859) 224-2856

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Equibase Company LLC today released the “Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators“ for United States and Canadian pari-mutuel wagering on U.S. Thoroughbred racing during the first quarter of 2008, as well as for U.S. purses and race days, with prior-year, first-quarter comparisons.

Due in part to surface-related cancellations at Santa Anita Park in January and weather-related cancellations at several racetracks during March, pari-mutuel handle decreased 3.31% in year-over-year, first quarter comparisons. Total purses declined by 1.47% during the same period.

“Our first-quarter numbers were negatively impacted by lost dates at Santa Anita and other venues,” said Alex Waldrop, president and CEO of the NTRA. “This, in conjunction with a difficult economy, made for a challenging year-over-year quarterly comparison. We are optimistic, however, that nicer weather and a competitive Triple Crown season will result in improved business figures during the next three months.”

Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators (first qtr. 2008 versus first qtr. 2007)
Indicator 1Q 2008 1Q 2007 % Change
Wagering on U.S. Races* $3,427,657,631 $3,537,634,320 -3.11
U.S. Purses $223,634,421 $226,971,062 -1.47
U.S. Race Days 1,139 1,150 -0.96

*Includes worldwide commingled wagering on U.S. races and separate pool wagering in Canada on U.S. races.

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