06/01/2009 11:00PM

NTRA fund will aid lobbying efforts

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has established a fund to aid its federal lobbying efforts. Called the Foal Fund, it replaces the check-off program breeders could use when registering foals with the Jockey Club; that program has been supplanted by the Jockey Club's new check-off initiative to support racehorse retirement and retraining programs.

The Foal Fund accepts contributions online at www.thefoalfund.com or by mail at the Foal Fund, 2525 Harrodsburg Road, Suite 400, Lexington, KY 40504. Contributors can receive discounts on products and services through NTRA Advantage. The NTRA also will continue to raise lobbying funds through its existing 0.25 percent check-off program at major Thoroughbred auctions.