Updated on 09/16/2011 8:21AM

After upsets, Classic is clear as mud

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Evening Attire benefited from an off track in his Jockey Club Gold Cup upset, according to his trainer, Pat Kelly. He will run next in the BC Classic.

Upset victories last weekend by Evening Attire in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park and Tenpins in the Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park, coupled with poor performances by favorites Repent and Macho Uno, have left the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic as inscrutable as ever, less than four weeks before the World Thoroughbred Champions at Arlington on Oct. 26.

Both Evening Attire and Tenpins came out of their wins in good condition, their trainers said on Monday. Both will be pointed to the Classic, though Don Winfree, the trainer of Tenpins, was circumspect, saying he would wait until Oct. 15, the day pre-entries are due, to make a final decision. Tenpins, a 4-year-old Smart Strike colt bred and owned by Joseph Vitello, has a history of preferring plenty of time between starts.

"He'll tell us between now and then what to do," Winfree said. "He came back remarkably well."

Tenpins earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 108 and Evening Attire a 114.

Evening Attire has made steady progress this year for trainer Pat Kelly. According to Kelly, Evening Attire likely benefited from a track that had plenty of moisture in it after rain last week at Belmont Park, and Kelly said he would not mind similar conditions at the Breeders' Cup.

"The good thing about him is that he doesn't mind a little moisture," Kelly said from Maryland, where he was attending a sale at Timonium. "He's a nice, big, coarse horse. He's so big and tall. Ever since he stretched out around two turns, he's been very consistent.

"It was just a matter of him maturing, getting older, and getting some races under his belt. It was nice for him to step up and get a nice one Saturday. Hopefully his future is in front of him."

Kelly said Evening Attire, who is based at Belmont, likely would be sent to Arlington well enough in advance of the Classic to have one workout over the Arlington main track. Evening Attire, a 4-year-old gelding by Black Tie Affair, was bred and is owned by Thomas J. Kelly, the trainer's father, and Joseph and Mary Grant. Thomas J. Kelly is a retired Hall of Fame trainer.

Repent, who finished seventh of eight in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, turned in his worst race of the year, in stark contrast to his fine runner-up effort in the Travers Stakes one month earlier. Repent flew back to Kentucky on Monday with a number of horses trained by Ken McPeek. He will train at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Classic.

"He came out of it fine," McPeek said. "He scoped perfectly clean, and cleaned up his feed in 40 minutes."

McPeek theorizes that Repent ran poorly because he was close to the pace, in contrast to his usual, late-running style. He said the mount in the Classic would still be available to jockey Edgar Prado should he want it.

"Edgar would put Sarava into the race and let him cruise," McPeek said. "He'd do that with Harlan's Holiday when we had him, too. I think Repent was a little fresh, and once Edgar put him into the race, he couldn't get him back and Repent didn't relax. I think we learned something.

"I think the horse got confused. He was inside, saw no one in front of him, thought the race was over and pulled himself up. After the race, he ran off. The outrider had to pull him up. The odd thing is that he's so consistent. I just think he was in a position he's not used to being in, and he lost his bearings."

Plans are uncertain for Macho Uno, who finished last as the odds-on favorite in the five-horse Washington Park Handicap. His trainer, Joe Orseno, said Macho Uno looked good but was tired on Monday morning. Orseno hinted last week that Macho Uno might be a little short for the race, because Macho Uno had had few breezes since his previous start in the Whitney Handicap, but Orseno admitted the performance on Sunday was disappointing.

"We knew going in it was going to be a prep, and that's the way we treated it, but I thought he'd hang in there a little longer," Orseno said.

Bobby Frankel, whose pair, Lido Palace and Milwaukee Brew, were second and sixth in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, said both could run in the Classic. Lido Palace needs to be supplemented to the race for $800,000, a price at which owner John Amerman said "no thanks" last year.

"I'm going to let Amerman make the call," Frankel said. Frankel said that Lido Palace came out of the race "very good" and that Milwaukee Brew "didn't like the wet track."

Frankel's best hope for the Classic may rest with Medaglia d'Oro, the 3-year-old colt who won the Travers Stakes in his last start. Medaglia d'Oro is scheduled to breeze at Belmont Park on Wednesday, Frankel said.

Harlan's Holiday, the third-place finisher in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, also will head to the Classic. He was stuck inside for much of the race.

"I thought he took the worst of it every step of the way," said his trainer, Todd Pletcher. "He hung in there."

Pletcher said Harlan's Holiday would head to Arlington on Oct. 23.

- additional reporting by David Grening and Marcus Hersh

Upset victories last weekend by Evening Attire in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park and Tenpins in the Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park, coupled with poor performances by favorites Repent and Macho Uno, have left the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic as inscrutable as ever, less than four weeks before the World Thoroughbred Champions at Arlington on Oct. 26.

Both Evening Attire and Tenpins came out of their wins in good condition, their trainers said on Monday. Both will be pointed to the Classic, though Don Winfree, the trainer of Tenpins, was circumspect, saying he would wait until Oct. 15, the day pre-entries are due, to make a final decision. Tenpins, a 4-year-old Smart Strike colt bred and owned by Joseph Vitello, has a history of preferring plenty of time between starts.

"He'll tell us between now and then what to do," Winfree said. "He came back remarkably well."

Tenpins earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 108 and Evening Attire a 114.

Evening Attire has made steady progress this year for trainer Pat Kelly. According to Kelly, Evening Attire likely benefited from a track that had plenty of moisture in it after rain last week at Belmont Park, and Kelly said he would not mind similar conditions at the Breeders' Cup.

"The good thing about him is that he doesn't mind a little moisture," Kelly said from Maryland, where he was attending a sale at Timonium. "He's a nice, big, coarse horse. He's so big and tall. Ever since he stretched out around two turns, he's been very consistent.

"It was just a matter of him maturing, getting older, and getting some races under his belt. It was nice for him to step up and get a nice one Saturday. Hopefully his future is in front of him."

Kelly said Evening Attire, who is based at Belmont, likely would be sent to Arlington well enough in advance of the Classic to have one workout over the Arlington main track. Evening Attire, a 4-year-old gelding by Black Tie Affair, was bred and is owned by Thomas J. Kelly, the trainer's father, and Joseph and Mary Grant. Thomas J. Kelly is a retired Hall of Fame trainer.

Repent, who finished seventh of eight in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, turned in his worst race of the year, in stark contrast to his fine runner-up effort in the Travers Stakes one month earlier. Repent flew back to Kentucky on Monday with a number of horses trained by Ken McPeek. He will train at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Classic.

"He came out of it fine," McPeek said. "He scoped perfectly clean, and cleaned up his feed in 40 minutes."

McPeek theorizes that Repent ran poorly because he was close to the pace, in contrast to his usual, late-running style. He said the mount in the Classic would still be available to jockey Edgar Prado should he want it.

"Edgar would put Sarava into the race and let him cruise," McPeek said. "He'd do that with Harlan's Holiday when we had him, too. I think Repent was a little fresh, and once Edgar put him into the race, he couldn't get him back and Repent didn't relax. I think we learned something.

"I think the horse got confused. He was inside, saw no one in front of him, thought the race was over and pulled himself up. After the race, he ran off. The outrider had to pull him up. The odd thing is that he's so consistent. I just think he was in a position he's not used to being in, and he lost his bearings."

Plans are uncertain for Macho Uno, who finished last as the odds-on favorite in the five-horse Washington Park Handicap. His trainer, Joe Orseno, said Macho Uno looked good but was tired on Monday morning. Orseno hinted last week that Macho Uno might be a little short for the race, because Macho Uno had had few breezes since his previous start in the Whitney Handicap, but Orseno admitted the performance on Sunday was disappointing.

"We knew going in it was going to be a prep, and that's the way we treated it, but I thought he'd hang in there a little longer," Orseno said.

Bobby Frankel, whose pair, Lido Palace and Milwaukee Brew, were second and sixth in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, said both could run in the Classic. Lido Palace needs to be supplemented to the race for $800,000, a price at which owner John Amerman said "no thanks" last year.

"I'm going to let Amerman make the call," Frankel said. Frankel said that Lido Palace came out of the race "very good" and that Milwaukee Brew "didn't like the wet track."

Frankel's best hope for the Classic may rest with Medaglia d'Oro, the 3-year-old colt who won the Travers Stakes in his last start. Medaglia d'Oro is scheduled to breeze at Belmont Park on Wednesday, Frankel said.

Harlan's Holiday, the third-place finisher in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, also will head to the Classic. He was stuck inside for much of the race.

"I thought he took the worst of it every step of the way," said his trainer, Todd Pletcher. "He hung in there."

Pletcher said Harlan's Holiday would head to Arlington on Oct. 23.

- additional reporting by David Grening and Marcus Hersh