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  • NOTHING REAL QUIET ABOUT THE HYPE SURROUNDING BELMONT

              Mike Pegram's Real Quiet will attempt to become the
         12th Triple Crown winner in thoroughbred racing history at
         tomorrow's running of the Belmont Stakes, televised live on
         ABC at 4:30pm ET.  In Toronto, Rob Longley writes that Real
         Quiet's Triple Crown run is "the kind of the exposure racing
         craves in its attempt to rejuvenate what is seen as an aging
         product" (TORONTO SUN, 6/5).  Also in Toronto, Dave Perkins
         writes that racing "needs him to win.  And badly" (TORONTO
         STAR, 6/5).  But ABC's Al Michaels said that a Triple Crown
         victory "wont spark a rejuvenation" in the sport.  Michaels:
         "It won't be the salvation.  It will be a wonderful, but
         temporary moment" (Bob Raissman, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/5).  
              READY FOR SALE: The NTRA has produced an array of Real
         Quiet merchandise, featuring the horse's distinctive red and
         yellow silks (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 6/5).  The
         merchandise will be available on the NTRA's official Web
         site, which launches today at www.ntraracing.com.  The site
         also includes a TV schedule, racetrack directory and coming
         events (NTRA)....The NTRA and Visa took out a full-page ad
         in USA TODAY promoting tomorrow's Belmont (THE DAILY).
              NOTES: Belmont Park officials "are hoping" tomorrow's
         crowd will match last year's attendance of 70,682 -- third
         best in race history (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 6/5). 
    
    

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