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ALBERT THE GREAT, SKIMMING TAKE "NTRA CHAMPIONS" RACES, MOVE UP IN SERIES STANDINGS
Albert the Great's three-and-one-quarter-length victory in Sunday's Grade II Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park and Skimming's one-length win in the Grade II The Californian at Hollywood Park earned each horse six NTRA Champions points in the series' Classic division standings. The series shifts to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., next Saturday (CBS, 4;30-6:00 p.m. ET) for the Grade II, $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap, a race expected to attract Captain Steve, the winner of this year's Dubai World Cup.
The "NTRA Champions" series features 11 key races in Classic (dirt) and Turf division horseracing in the United States. The four-program, five-hour series will be broadcast over a seven-week period during the months of June and July, and will include total purse offerings of $5,150,000 plus bonus money for those competing in the Classic division.
Current "NTRA Champions" series points standings (through races of 6/10/01)
CBS Sports broadcast the Arlington Citation Challenge in 1996 and the Grade I Go For Wand Handicap, the Grade I Caesars International Handicap and the Grade II Reeve Schley Jr. Stakes in 1994. CBS Sports has also broadcast the Belmont Stakes, the Travers Stakes, the Woodward Stakes, the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Marlboro Cup.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing awareness of Thoroughbred racing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA also conducts the Breeders' Cup, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championship consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, and the Breeders' Cup National Stakes Program, which are funded by the industry's owners and breeders. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. A compendium of NTRA press releases appears on the NTRA Web site, ntra.com, and at the Web site for the Breeders' Cup Championship, breederscup.com. Contact the NTRA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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