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MBNA America Racing Challenge Adds Three New Sponsors

Horse Press Release

April 7, 2004 - The MBNA America® Quarter Horse Racing Challenge is American Quarter Horse racing's richest program and horse racing's only series with a championship ending finale'. Today, the American Quarter Horse Association is pleased to announce sponsor additions and changes to the 2004 Racing Challenge.

The MBNA America Quarter Horse Racing Challenge is a $5 million purse and bonus awards program, of which more than 60 percent is added money from AQHA Corporate Partners and host racetracks.

"The success of the MBNA Challenge program greatly depends on the support of our corporate partners," said AQHA Executive Director of Racing Gary Carpenter. "We are thrilled to welcome our three newcomers, MD Barns, Wrangler and Vetrolin, and are pleased to continue our partnership with the returning sponsors."

AQHA's team of corporate partners will account for $1 million of this year's Challenge.
1. Vetrolin will sponsor the Leading Trainer award of the Challenge.
2. Wrangler will sponsor this year's Leading Jockey award.
3. MD Barns will sponsor the Challenge Distance series.

In addition to the new Challenge partners, Ford will move its sponsorship to the Challenge Juvenile, and John Deere will join the Challenge team with its sponsorship of the Challenge Distaff series. John Deere also contributes to another racing program, the Mid America Series.

Five other AQHA Corporate Partners will continue their sponsorship of various parts of the Racing Challenge. Those sponsors and their events are:

MBNA America - Championship series of races
Bayer Legend - Derby series of races
Professional's Choice - Claiming Stakes series of races
Nutrena - Leading Breeder Award
Sooner Trailer - Leading Owner Award

MBNA America also sponsors the 2004 TVG series, "MBNA America Road to the Challenge Championships." Details will be released soon about event dates and races.

American Quarter Horses compete in one of six different types of races, depending on their age and ability. A total of 58 races take place in 10 regions across the United States, Canada and Mexico throughout the year. Winners of these 58 races earn a starting birth to the Championship day. This year, the Challenge Championships will be held November 6 at Sam Houston Race Park.

MBNA America contributes more than 40 percent of its AQHA sponsorship dollars to the MBNA Challenge program. In 2003, $800,000 was contributed directly to MBNA Challenge purses. MBNA offers financing for trailers, trucks, etc., and special financing for AQHA members. To find out more, call 800-834-9262. To apply for your AQHA MasterCard, call 800-847-7378 or in Canada 800-416-7879, or click here.

For more information on this year's Challenge, please visit, or call 877-222-7223.