10/01/2015 10:02AM

Jerardi: Getting them ready for the big ones


It is fascinating to watch the great trainers get their horses ready for the biggest race of their lives in the Oct. 31 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland. Last week, it was Richard Mandella winning an exhibition race with Beholder, whose 99 Beyer Speed Figure meant absolutely nothing. On Saturday, it is Shug McGaughey’s call to pass up the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont to run Honor Code in the $400,000 Kelso Handicap on the same day there, a race against lesser competition at a less-taxing distance. I love it all.