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CAPTAIN STEVE, INCLUDE TO TACKLE "NTRA CHAMPIONS" SERIES FROM OPPOSITE COASTS SUNDAY ON CBS SPORTS
Sunday's "NTRA Champions" Series telecast on CBS Sports will originate from Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., where Captain Steve will attempt to return to his winning ways in the Grade I, $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup. Prime opponents for Captain Steve are Skimming and Futural, the first- and second-place finishers in The Californian Stakes at Hollywood, seen as part of the "NTRA Champions" Series on June 10. Captain Steve, winner of this year's $6 million Dubai World Cup in March, returned to North American competition with a runner-up finish at Churchill Downs in the June 16 Stephen Foster Handicap, another "NTRA Champions" Series race.
Meanwhile, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Series points leader Include will look to pad his lead when he takes on Albert the Great in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap. Include narrowly defeated Albert the Great in the May 12 Pimlico Special in Baltimore. Since then, Include has gone on to annex the Massachusetts Handicap, while Albert the Great took down top honors in the June 10 Brooklyn Handicap from Belmont, also seen nationwide as part of the "NTRA Champions" Series. Ten "NTRA Champions" Series points await the winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup, with six earmarked for the Suburban victor.
The Hollywood Gold Cup and Suburban Handicap -- along with live coverage of two top turf races, the $500,000 United Nations Handicap from Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., and the $200,000 Stars & Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf from Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill.-- will air on CBS Sports from 4:30-6:00 p.m. (ET) as the third of four "NTRA Champions" Series programs.
The series -- hosted by Dave Johnson with analyst Randy Moss, reporters Lesley Visser and Gary Seibel and field reporter Caton Bredar -- 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. The series concludes July 28 with the Whitney Handicap from Saratoga Racecourse and the Arlington Handicap from Arlington Park.
Current "NTRA Champions" series points standings (through races of 6/21/01):
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