Include and Albert the Great got well acquainted in the May 12 Pimlico Special (gr. I) when Include held on to a neck victory. They renew their rivalry Sunday at Belmont Park in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at 10 furlongs.
The 115th running of the Suburban will feature a small but talented field of six, and will be telelvised by CBS, along with the Hollywood Gold Cup, United Nations Handicap, and the Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Handicap from 4:40-6:00 p.m. eastern time.
Include, a winner of nine of 12 lifetime starts, will have to tote eight more pounds than he did at Pimlico, when he received seven pounds from Albert. For the Suburban, Albert will carry 123 pounds to Include's 122.
"To tell you the truth, I don't feel good about that," said Include's trainer, Buddy Delp. "That's asking a lot of the horse. And now we have to race in Albert the Great's backyard. Include is a great horse, but there are a lot of obstacles."
Owned and bred by Robert Meyerhoff, Include exits an impressive win in the June 2 Mass Cap. He arrived at Belmont Park from his Maryland base Thursday morning, and plans were for him to gallop there Friday and Saturday.
Albert the Great annexed the Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont June 10, and trainer Nick Zito wheels him back on three weeks' rest. "I'm a little concerned about the quick return to action," Zito said. "At least the Brooklyn didn't take much out of him. He won the way he was supposed to."
Albert the Great has earned better than $1.7 million.
The Suburban runners in post position order, including jockeys and weights, are: Perfect Cat (John Velazquez, 114), Albert the Great (Jorge Chavez, 123), Unshaded (Robby Albarado, 117), Include (Jerry Bailey, 122), Lido Palalce (David Flores, 114), and Traditionally (Pat Day, 116).