Updated on 09/16/2011 8:20AM

Classic preview in Gold Cup

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Lido Palace will have to run big in the Gold Cup to be supplemented to the Breeders' Cup Classic.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Lido Palace won the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes three weeks ago and was criticized for the manner in which he did it. Repent finished second in the Grade 1 Travers five weeks ago and was lauded for overcoming a long layoff and sloppy track.

Handicappers will get a chance to reassess both colts before next month's Breeders' Cup Classic when they meet in Saturday's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. Lido Palace and Repent figure to vie for favoritism in the Gold Cup, which has produced 13 of the 18 Classic favorites.

A field of eight was entered for the Gold Cup, though the weather could determine exactly how many will run. Todd Pletcher entered Harlan's Holiday in both the Gold Cup and Friday night's Pegasus at The Meadowlands. While the Pegasus, restricted to 3-year-olds, is a significantly easier spot - and Pletcher's race of choice - a sloppy Meadowlands track is likely to force Pletcher to run in the Gold Cup.

Up to an inch of rain was forecast for the New York metropolitan area by Friday night. The forecast for Saturday calls for mostly cloudy skies, but no rain. If that's what happens, Belmont's main track could be fast come post time (5:16 p.m. Eastern) for the 10-furlong Gold Cup.

Trainer Bobby Frankel doesn't care what type of track the Gold Cup is run on. His biggest concern is that Jorge Chavez maneuver Lido Palace outside as quickly as possible. That shouldn't be a problem as Lido Place drew the outside post in the eight-horse field.

Frankel believes Lido Palace's visually unimpressive victory over Gander and Express Tour in the Woodward was the result of his being stuck on the inside for most of the race. It wasn't until the quarter pole that Chavez was able to get Lido Palace to the outside.

"He's behind horses all the way, where is he going to go? Do you want him to run over the top of them?" Frankel said. "The horses he ran down, they're not great horses, but they're not bad horses either, and they were going pretty easy on the lead."

Lido Palace is not nominated to the Breeders' Cup. He would have to be supplemented for a fee of $800,000. Last year, owner John Amerman decided to forgo the Classic and run in the Japan Cup Dirt, where Lido Palace finished eighth.

Following the Woodward, Amerman said he was leaning toward supplementing, but would wait until after the Gold Cup to make a decision.

Frankel will also start Milwaukee Brew in the Gold Cup. In March, Milwaukee Brew won the Santa Anita Handicap, and came back in June to take the Grade 2 Californian. After Milwaukee Brew finished third in both the Hollywood Gold Cup and Pacific Classic, Frankel opted to ship Milwaukee Brew to the East, where he hopes the tracks play a little more to Milwaukee Brew's late-running style.

Repent, who finished second over this track in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, is coming off a strong second-place finish to Medaglia d'Oro in the Travers in the slop last month. It was Repent's first start in 140 days, since he finished second to War Emblem in the Illinois Derby. Repent had surgery to remove a knee chip, but came to hand quickly at Saratoga.

McPeek was confident heading into the Travers. He is even more confident heading into the Gold Cup.

"It's going to take a very good horse to beat him," McPeek said.

Harlan's Holiday, if he runs, could be that horse. Harlan's Holiday, whom McPeek used to train, came off a long layoff to win the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 2. He has the tactical speed to get first run on the closers such as Repent and Milwaukee Brew.

Abreeze, who finished second in the Saratoga Breeders' Cup, looms as the main speed, but has to prove he is classy enough.

Evening Attire was classy enough to run down Abreeze in the Saratoga Cup. He might benefit the most from a wet track, and surely will appreciate the distance.

Allen Jerkens will send out Puzzlement, hoping to pull an upset similar to what happened in 1998 when Wagon Limit ($70) beat 3-10 favorite Skip Away and Gentlemen.

Nothing Flat, who finished third in the Travers, completes the field.

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