Racing fans who wish to express their good wishes to Barbaro and his connections may do so by sending electronic messages via specially created forms at www.ntra.com and at www.vet.upenn.edu/barbaro. The form at the NTRA Web site is available by clicking on the link for the new "Barbaro: News and Updates" section highlighted on the ntra.com homepage.
All messages will be compiled and forwarded to Barbaro's owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson as well as the rest of the Barbaro team.
"The public's reaction to Barbaro's gallant struggle has been one of incredible compassion, and we are proud to be able to offer an avenue through which people can express their love, concern and caring to those directly connected to Barbaro," said Keith Chamblin, senior vice president of communications for the NTRA.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horse racing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited also conduct the Breeders' Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $20 million in purses and awards and the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City.