Though most of the space at Picks and Ponderings this weekend will be devoted to Fall Stars at Keeneland, I did turn my eyes to Belmont for the final Win and You’re In for the Breeders’ Cup Classic: the Jockey Club Gold Cup (GI).
The field contains five of the Usual Suspects for the New York handicap division: plus one Illinois-bred invader. Looks To Spare, a 74/1 longshot winner in the listed West Virginia Governor’s Stakes last out at Mountaineer, continues his meteoric rise from $5,000 claimers on the Chicago circuit. This time, he tries graded stakes for the first time…against heavyweights like Tonalist, Wicked Strong, Effinex, Constitution, and Coach Inge.
How does he rate?