It's a big weekend for older males on the road to the Breeders' Cup Classic with the Hollywood Gold Cup and Suburban both slated for Saturday.The Hollywood Gold Cup features the best horse running this weekend (if not in North America) while the Suburban is a more competitive race.I haven't had a very good handle on this division this year. I've had Mucho Macho Man, Wise Dan, and Successful Dan all ranked in the top spot of my America's Best Racing poll, and after Successful Dan lost the Cornhusker I finally cried "UNCLE!" and put a three-year-old (Bodemeister) on top, but given that he has neither A) won at 1 1/4 miles, or B) defeated elders yet, I could see putting his stablemate (Game On Dude) in the top spot with an impressive win on Saturday, though I'm still nervous about thinking the best horse in the country right now is a horse who lost to Drosselmeyer.Anyway, lots more going on beyond the older males this year. The Summit of Speed at Calder has lots of great storylines, including Trinniberg against his elders, and Musical Romance back to defend her Princess Rooney crown. There's also the United Nations, and lots of discussion of the new two-year-old maiden races rules for the upcoming Saratoga meeting.This week's TCI touches on all those issues as well as Steve Nash and Turbulent Descent!
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