05/26/2005 12:00AM

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's budget for 2005 will be $65.6 million, according to an annual report issued by the NTRA on Thursday. Approximately $35.3 million of the budget, or 54 percent, will come from revenue from Breeders' Cup, the NTRA said, with an additional $16.9 million coming from membership dues and $13.1 million from the NTRA's television, sponsorship, purchasing, and promotions programs. . . . The Alex's Lemonade Stand fund-raising effort for pediatric cancer research raised $18,000 in donations at its two locations at Pimlico Race Course last Saturday. The Pennsylvania-based charity had collected almost $11,000 earlier at the Kentucky Derby. . . . Richard Grunder, the track announcer at Tampa Bay Downs and agent for Canterbury Park's leading riders, Derek Bell and Martin Escobar, has been employed by Sega Corporation of Japan to call virtual horse races for a new video game called "Derby Owners Club/World Edition." Grunder is scheduled to leave for Japan on June 5 for about a week to record the calls.