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"NTRA SUMMER RACING TOUR ON CBS" TO PRESENT THREE LIVE HANDICAPS ON SATURDAY, COVERAGE OF LAST SUNDAY'S BUDWEISER IRISH DERBY
Older horses take center stage when the "NTRA Summer Racing Tour On CBS," presented by Long John Silver's, concludes its three-program 2002 series with live coverage of three major handicap races this Saturday from 5:00-6:00 p.m. (ET). Scheduled are the Suburban Handicap from New York's Belmont Park, part of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships' Classic Division, the United Nation's Handicap from Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., and the Stars & Stripes Breeders' Cup from Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill., both parts of the John Deere Turf Division.
Also to be shown is coverage of last Sunday's Budweiser Irish Derby (Turf and Classic Divisions) from The Curragh in County Kildare, Ireland. The race, part of the International Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships, saw the Aidan O'Brien-trained High Chaparral attempt to capture the English-Irish Derby Double, an achievement accomplished by the 2001 O'Brien campaigner Galileo (IRE).
The 116th running of the Grade I, $500,000 Suburban, contested at 1¼ miles, is shaping up as the top Handicap race of the 2002 Belmont season, with the Bobby Frankel-trained Lido Palace (CHI), second in last year's Suburban and winner of the 2001 Whitney Handicap and Woodward Stakes, returning to action for the first time since February to face 2000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Macho Uno, coming off a victory in the Grade II Massachusetts Handicap; Evening Attire, the Mass Cap runner-up; Seeking Daylight, an impressive winner in last month's Brooklyn Handicap; and Country Be Gold. Godolphin's E Dubai and Saint Verre could also start.
Expected highweight for the Grade I, $500,000 United Nations Handicap is the Jonathan Sheppard-trained With Anticipation, who crossed the wire first in last year's 1 3/8 miles race but was disqualified and dropped to second behind the Bobby Frankel-trained Senure. With Anticipation's leading challenger on Saturday could again come from the Frankel stable in the form of either Denon, who won the Whittingham Handicap at Hollywood Park in his last race, or Skipping. Also expected is Forbidden Apple.
The Grade III, $200,000 Stars & Stripes will be run on the same 1½ miles turf course as this fall's John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf. The expected favorite is the 8-year-old Catewayo, winner of February's Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap. Challengers should include Two Point Two Mill, Ken McPeek's Pisces and Classic Par, the latter two dead-heat winners of the Louisville Handicap after Two Point Two Mill, who crossed the finish line first, was disqualified.
In conjunction with Saturday's telecast, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) will again offer a national pick three wager -- the NTRA Summer Pick Three -- that will coincide with each of the three live races shown on the program. Minimum wager for the NTRA Summer Pick Three wager will be $2.00, with $1.00 part wheels available. Monmouth Park will serve as the wagering hub for this Saturday's NTRA Summer Pick Three.
Hosting the NTRA Summer Racing Tour is Dave Johnson, joined by analysts Randy Moss and Caton Bredar and commentators Lesley Visser and Gary Seibel.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing 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 Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, NTRA.com.
The NTRA Summer Racing Tour
|7/6||CBS||5:00pm-6:00pm||United Nations Handicap (live)
Stars & Stripes Breeders' Cup Handicap (live)
Suburban Handicap (live)
Int'l Road to WTC featuring:
Budweiser Irish Derby (6/30)
|Monmouth Park/Oceanport, NJ
Arlington Park/Arlington Heights, IL
Belmont Park/Elmont, NY
The Curragh/County Kildare, Ire
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