The National Thoroughbred League Announces 2024 Schedule, With $3 Million in Race Purses, Plus Expansion to Ten Teams and Star-Studded New Team Owners

15 June 2024

Today, the National Thoroughbred League announced the addition of several key investors to join their roster of team owners, including NBA legend and basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving  and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Tanya Tucker  as the league expands from six franchises to ten ahead of its second season, which will boast almost $3 million in prize purses, up from less than $1 million last year. Erving and Tucker join NTL’s stacked list of partners, including Nelly, Rick Ross, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Moira Forbes, as well as numerous veteran investors.

“I’ve been fortunate to have experienced first-hand the passion that Philadelphia fans bring in support of their athletes and teams. The unique model that National Thoroughbred League has created not only bringing team-based and civic rooting interests into the sport of horse racing but also truly letting the sports’ best athletes ‘enter their stride’ as competitive performers inserts such an interesting dynamic into one of society’s most popular and storied sports,” said NBA legend and basketball Hall of Famer, Julius Erving. “Philadelphia and horse racing both hold a special place in my heart, and I am proud to help the Stallions build another fan favorite in the Philadelphia market.”

Tickets for the 2024 season are on sale today. Tucker and Erving will host the first two league events and the full race schedule can be found below:

The Nashville Cup, September 1 at Kentucky Downs: Also known as the Million-Dollar Weekend, the event will feature a $1 million kickoff race – one of the biggest purses in the United States this year – and will revolve around celebrating horses and music, hosted by Tanya Tucker and including performances from 10 up-and-coming Nashville stars.

The Philadelphia Cup, October 19 at Parx Racing: The Oktober-Fast Weekend will feature one of the biggest days of racing in Philly history. The event will consist of five NTL races totaling $1.2 million in purses, an Oktoberfest celebration of beer and music, as well as the NTL’s first-ever “Dr. J Invitational” golf tournament.

The Phoenix Cup, December 30 at Turf Paradise: The Championship Weekend will feature six-figure purses to decide this season’s winner, plus golf and food celebrations.

After a successful inaugural season, NTL will be expanding from six to ten teams—with those new four franchises coming from a finalist pool of Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, San Francisco and Tampa. The final decision will be made this summer, and those four new teams with join the original six franchises: the New York Knights, the California Shamrocks, the Philadelphia Stallions, the Nashville Dreams, the New Jersey Degens and the Seattle Gems.

Thoroughbred owners will be able to nominate their horses to be drafted by one of the 10 NTL teams onto their roster. Those drafted horses, who will represent the teams during the races, will be eligible to run in these NTL races for the $3 million purse pool.

“Today is an exciting day for the National Thoroughbred League that shows the excitement behind what we’ve accomplished with our inaugural season and the momentum that we’re bringing into this next year of operations,” said Randall Lane, co-Founder of the NTL. “From the very beginning, our mission has been to create an innovative new format that can generate compelling and competitive races between some of this generation’s most exceptional horses.

“We're providing expanded opportunities for fans who aren’t as fluent in the sport to fall in love with the experience and all the associated happenings that events of this magnitude can bring to an area on race weekends,” said Bob Daugherty, co-founder of the NTL.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.NTL.Racing.

About National Thoroughbred League

The National Thoroughbred League is a first-of-its-kind racing league reimagining America’s oldest spectator sport by creating a team-based professional sports league, by consistently and safely running exceptional horses allowing fans the chance to root for the same stars’ month after month and year after year. The NTL is also a lifestyle, creating weekends of food, fashion and fun akin to the Kentucky Derby or Formula I.

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