Updated on 09/15/2011 1:01PM

Big ante may not be money well spent


NEW YORK - Whatever name you call them, the World Thoroughbred Championships are simply too good to knock. But the event does have an Achilles' heel, which came up again late Saturday afternoon once Lido Palace overtook Albert the Great in deep stretch of the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park: Not every top horse in training is nominated to run.

This is not news. Past Breeders' Cups suffered when such eventual Hall of Famers as John Henry and Holy Bull did not run because they were not nominated.

Of course, there is a way to supplement a horse to the event. But even though a record 16 horses were supplemented last years, it still takes a boatload of money, anywhere from 9 to 20 percent of the purse of the race. And no matter how strong the desire for a horse to be supplemented, no one has the right to tell an owner of such a horse how to spend his or her money.

Lido Palace, who after victories in the Woodward and Whitney has as strong a claim to champion older male as anyone, is not Breeders' Cup nominated. The Breeders' Cup, which has already lost Point Given, will lose another star if Lido's Palace is not supplemented.

Lido Palace does have alternatives. Trainer Bobby Frankel could send him to Tokyo for the Japan Cup Dirt on Nov. 24. Remember, before he started Lido Palace in this country, Frankel sent him to Dubai for the UAE Derby, in which he finished third. And the Japan Cup Dirt's purse of nearly $2.5 million makes it a very viable option. Plus, Frankel could be run Aptitude in the Classic if he runs well in the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 7.

Or, Frankel could convince owners John and Jerome Amerman to supplement Lido Palace to the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont on Oct. 27. It would cost $800,000, $40,000 less than Lido Palace won in the Woodward and Whitney combined. Only once before has that much been paid to supplement a horse to a Breeders' Cup race. That was in 1998, when the same fee was paid to allow Gentlemen to compete in the Classic; Gentlemen was eased through the stretch.

It is fair to question whether coughing up $800,000 to run in the Classic is a sound business decision. Yes, the prestige of a victory in the Classic is hard to measure in dollar terms, and the possibility of Horse of the Year honors makes it nearly priceless. But in an immediate sense, supplementing to the Classic at this number is an unattractive gamble. Putting up $800,000 to take down first money of roughly three times as much is tantamount to betting $800,000 on a 2-1 shot. As hot as Frankel and Lido Palace are right now, Lido Palace will be bigger than 2-1 on the board should he go in the Classic.

Don't count out Tiznow yet

Lido Palace's one-length Wood-ward win punched a hole in both Albert the Great's perceived invincibility at Belmont. and weight as an important handicapping factor. Albert the Great was getting a seven-pound weight shift in his favor from Lido Palace off the Whitney, and he still lost.

Tiznow ran very well finishing a half-length behind Albert the Great in third.

The Woodward was his first race in six months. Tiznow, who prefers to race outside of horses, was pinned toward the inside the entire length of the backstretch, and never did get out. With the benefit of his comeback and with more comfortable trips, Tiznow will be a handful from here on.

The two other Grade 1 winners Saturday at Belmont, With Anticipation in the Man o'War and Exogenous in the Gazelle, may not have been the two other big winners. With Anticipation is a very nice horse in the very capable hands of Jonathan Sheppard, but he was fortunate that runner-up Silvano had trouble on the first turn that cost him at least as much ground as he was beaten.

As for Exogenous, she improved with blinkers and benefited when the heavily favored Fleet Renee came up alarmingly empty. However, Fleet Renee's flop and the fact that Exogenous couldn't get in the same area code as Flute in the Alabama mean that the Flute's position atop the 3-year-old filly division is only strengthened.