10/08/2001 11:00PM

Lido Palace to sit out Cup


ARCADIA, Calif. - Lido Palace, winner of the Whitney Handicap and Woodward Stakes, will not be supplemented to the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Classic for $800,000, owner John Amerman said on Tuesday, making official what had long been anticipated. Amerman also said he would not supplement Printemps to the Distaff.

Since neither Lido Palace nor his sire was nominated to the Breeders' Cup, Lido Palace had to be supplemented for 20 percent of the Breeders' Cup Classic's $4 million purse. Printemps, third in Sunday's Spinster Stakes, would have had to be supplemented for $400,000 to the $2 million Distaff.

Amerman weighed the decision carefully. "Financially, you have to win the race to make any money," he said. "Second, you lose money, and third and fourth, you lose a lot. I'm in the business to make money. It's a business decision."

Instead of racing at Belmont Park Oct. 27, Lido Palace will be pointed for the Nov. 24 Japan Cup Dirt, a race that was inaugurated last year in Tokyo. It is run the day before the better-known Japan Cup, which is on the turf. Printemps might run next at Churchill Downs in the $250,000 Falls City Handicap on Nov. 22, Amerman said.

Had the Bobby Frankel-trained Lido Palace run in the Classic, he would have been one of the favorites. Instead, another Frankel-trained runner, Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Aptitude, figures to be the favorite in the day's richest race.