Leaders with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association say the organization remains viable and has plans to move forward in 2012 to lead where it can, reports the Blood-Horse. Monday, the NTRA board approved an $8 million budget for next year on the eve of the Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Arizona. The NTRA has recently lost membership from the likes of Churchill Downs Inc., The Stronach Group and the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, but NTRA Executive Vice Chairman Bob Elliston tells the Blood-Horse the group continues to play an important role in the Thoroughbred business:
“We are refocusing our efforts on what we do for the industry,” Elliston said. “We're currently in the middle of conversations in Washington, D.C., because we're the voice of the industry on legislative matters. We allocate resources to have proper representation in Washington.
“We haven't lost our voice in key areas, and we step into areas that need leadership. Those efforts have not been stilted or dampened by who's in and who's out (of the NTRA).”
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