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Friday, February 15, 2013

National HBPA Launches New Online Feature to Preview Triple Crown Prep Races

The National HBPA, the largest Thoroughbred horsemen’s association in North America, has launched a new online feature called “The Quest for the Crown” to give racing fans and horsemen fast and easy access to a wealth of information as this year’s crop of 3-year-olds races toward the Triple Crown. Each week, the National HBPA blog at nationalhbpa.blogspot.com will preview the upcoming weekend’s major 3-year-old stakes on the road to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. The blog will also provide previews of those three Triple Crown events.

“There is an incredible amount of information about these important races available online,” said Phil Hanrahan, CEO of the National HBPA, “but it can be a time-consuming process to find it all on a weekly basis, especially when it’s off the beaten path. With this new online feature, we are making a huge amount of this information available in one place.

Robin Richards, president and chair of the NHBPA added, “This collection of information at a single site should assist handicappers and race fans alike as we move toward America’s favorite day of horse racing on the first Saturday of May.”

The Quest for the Crown will provide links to news, video, commentary and handicapping information for each race from a variety of sources, from the major racing media sites and racetracks to smaller blogs that often feature incisive information but are sometimes overlooked or hard to find through a simple web search. The blog format will also allow users to post their own comments and selections and interact with other users.

Following is the schedule of races to be covered:
February 16     El Camino Real Derby (G3)  Golden Gate
February 18     Southwest (G3)  Oaklawn Park
February 23     Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2)  Gulfstream Park
February 23     Risen Star (G2)  Fair Grounds
March 2           Gotham (G3)  Aqueduct 
March 9           Tampa Bay Derby (G2)  Tampa Bay
March 9           San Felipe (G2)  Santa Anita Park
March 16         Rebel (G2)  Oaklawn Park
March 23         Spiral (G3)  Turfway Park
March 24         Sunland Derby (G3)  Sunland Park
March 30         Florida Derby (G1)  Gulfstream Park
March 30         Louisiana Derby (G2)  Fair Grounds
March 30         UAE Derby (G2)  Meydan
April 6             Wood Memorial (G1)  Aqueduct
April 6             Santa Anita Derby (G1)  Santa Anita Park
April 13           Arkansas Derby (G1)  Oaklawn Park
April 13           Blue Grass (G1)  Keeneland
April 20           Lexington (G3)  Keeneland
April 27           Derby Trial (G3)  Churchill Downs
May 4              Kentucky Derby (G1)  Churchill Downs
May 18            Preakness Stakes (G1)  Pimlico Race Course
June 8              Belmont Stakes (G1)  Belmont Park

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