09/15/2008 11:00PM

Stream of Gold the pick in Kentucky Cup Turf


NEW YORK - Silverfoot has had a long and productive career, as underscored by the fact that if he wins the Kentucky Cup Turf on Saturday at Kentucky Downs, he'll become racing's newest millionaire.

That said, Silverfoot has never been a Grade 1 performer. This is a point worth noting because his close fourth last time out in the Grade 1 Arlington Million coupled with his win in the Stars and Stripes Handicap two starts back at this 1 1/2-mile distance will make him the favorite in this race. Silverfoot can certainly win, but his running line in the Arlington Million is probably more indicative that this year's Million field wasn't the strongest ever rather than that Silverfoot has entered Grade 1 territory at age 8.

With Silverfoot being an underlay, I'll try beating him with a horse coming off a win in a claimer, Stream of Gold. Stream of Gold is certainly not the typical claimer. He was second to champion English Channel last fall in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, and he won the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida Handicap this year after hitting the board in other Grade 1 and Grade 2 races. I'm speculating, but I think the reason Stream of Gold was risked for a tag for the first time in his life late in the Saratoga meet was that his trainer at the time, Kiaran McLaughlin, was pulling out all stops to snare his first Saratoga training title, which he did win. McLaughlin might have thought, who would claim a 7-year-old gelding for $60,000? Ken and Sarah Ramsey, that's who. And now, in his first start for trainer Mike Maker, who has a high success rate with first-off-the-claim starters, I expect Stream of Gold to revert back to his good Grade 1 and 2 form.

PTHA President's Cup

This feature at Philadelphia Park became an also-ran to Saturday's Monmouth Stakes for the race marking Big Brown's return to the turf and serving as his final prep for the Breeders' Cup. That's okay. This is a much better betting event for it. And while Silver Tree is a worthy favorite, I'm looking to tip him over with Drum Major.

Drum Major recently made his first start in a year in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap and had a useful outing that he can definitely improve on. He was hard held off a slow early pace, and he did not lose any ground when the tempo quickened in the late stages. The quick turnaround is encouraging, as is trainer George Weaver's strike rate with horses making their second start off long layoffs. And Drum Major showed he was on a par with Silver Tree last summer when a close second to him in the Fourstardave Handicap after getting the tougher trip.

Presque Isle Downs Masters

It appears that Miss Macy Sue and Saratoga's Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap just don't mix. She finished fourth as the favorite in the last two runnings of that race. But last year, Miss Macy Sue rebounded from her Honorable Miss defeat to win this race, and is taken to do the same again Saturday.

Although it may seem as if Miss Macy Sue isn't having as successful a year as she did last season, she hasn't forgotten how to run. Her win in the Saylorville Stakes two starts back, while against softer company, was not only by a big margin but also fast enough for to give her a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 105, the highest Beyer Figure in this field.