NTRA, Racetrack dispute pending

Dec 9, 2000 12:28 AM

A resolution to the dispute affecting the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) will have to wait for at least a month, according to officials at the 27th annual Symposium On Racing at the University of Arizona at Tucson.

Addressing the gathering on Friday morning, NTRA chairman and CEO Tim Smith said that progress was being made in discussions with the 22 dissident tracks, but the question of whether they will renew their memberships in the organization won’t be known until a Jan. 8 meeting at Gulfstream Park.

However, Smith said that the organization will continue moving forward in marketing the sport, and that a budget of $50 million or more for next year has been written without including membership fees from the dissidents.

Recently, the NTRA partnered with cash-rich Breeders’ Cup.