Updated on 09/15/2011 2:01PM

A tough call for Lido Palace

NYRA/Adam Colgianese
Lido Palace's owners, John and Jerry Amerman, must decide whether to pay $800,000 to enter the Breeders' Cup Classic or take him to Japan.

ELMONT, N.Y. - The connections of Woodward Stakes winner Lido Palace are scheduled to huddle later this week to determine whether to put up $800,000 to supplement the colt to next month's $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic or look at far less risky propositions such as the Japan Cup.

Owner John Amerman is scheduled to be at Belmont Park this weekend to watch Printemps run in Saturday's Grade 1 Ruffian for fillies and mares. At that time, Amerman, who owns Lido Palace with his wife, Jerry, will meet with trainer Bobby Frankel to discuss options for Lido Palace.

Amerman, who was not available for comment Monday, purchased Lido Palace privately earlier this year. Following a third-place finish in the UAE Derby, Lido Palace has run four times in this country, finishing second in the Hawthorne Gold Cup and Suburban Handicap before winning the Whitney and Woodward.

Frankel said Lido Palace came out of the Woodward in good order, but he did not say whether he would endorse paying such a large fee to run in the Classic. The good news is that $720,000 of the fee would go into the purse, raising the Classic purse to $4.72 million not counting any other supplemental nominees.

Three years ago, R.D. Hubbard supplemented Gentlemen to the Classic for $800,000 and he finished last.

If Lido Palace does not run in the Classic, he would most likely be pointed to one of two races in Japan on Thanksgiving weekend. The Japan Cup, at 1 1/2 miles on turf, carries a purse of more than $3.9 million. There is the also the Japan Cup Dirt, a $2 million race run at 1 5/16 miles.

If Amerman elects not to supplement, Frankel still figures to have a Classic starter in Aptitude, who is coming off wins in the Hollywood Gold Cup (via disqualification) and the Grade 3 Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap. Pacific Classic winner Skimming is also possible for the Classic, Frankel said. He will run next in the Goodwood at Santa Anita on Oct. 7.

Meanwhile, the connections of Woodward runner-up Albert the Great have indicated they will run him back in next month's Jockey Club Gold Cup, a race he won last year as a 3-year-old. His final time of 1:59.24 in last year's Gold Cup is believed to be the fastest 1 1/4 miles run in New York by a 3-year-old.

Country Be Gold, who finished fourth in the Woodward, is also expected to run back in the Gold Cup.

Robbins prefers Goodwood

Trainer Jay Robbins was back in California on Monday and his defending Breeders' Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year, Tiznow, was scheduled to join him on Wednesday.

Robbins said Tiznow came out of his third-place finish in the Woodward - his first start in six months - in good shape. Robbins also said he would prefer to run Tiznow back in the Goodwood rather than the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

"`One reason is, chances are the weather will be more consistent out here," Robbins said. Robbins added that the Jockey Club Gold Cup would "necessitate another ship to New York and then he'd have to stay three weeks and the weather could even get dicier," he added.

Robbins added that he prefers the Goodwood distance of 1 1/8 miles to the Jockey Club Gold Cup distance of 1 1/4 miles three weeks out from the Classic.

Robbins said jockey Chris McCarron told him "`the Goodwood might be more of a confidence builder. Chris felt he was a little rusty. He asked him around the turn and he kept up the same pace," Robbins said.

Red Bullet to Meadowlands Cup

Red Bullet, who was never involved in Saturday's Woodward, finishing a well-beaten fifth, will make his next start in the Grade 2 $500,000 Meadowlands Cup on Sept. 28, trainer Joe Orseno said Monday.

Orseno said Red Bullet came out of the Woodward - just his second start off a year layoff - in good condition. Orseno said Red Bullet spread his left hind shoe, which may account for why jockey Gary Stevens said Red Bullet lost his hind end action leaving the gate.

However, the Woodward and last year's Dwyer, in which Red Bullet finished third, have Orseno fearing Red Bullet may not like Belmont Park.